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Abstracts & Posters - Abstract Submission & Selection

27150A1031All abstracts must be submitted through the online submission site. ABRCMS has been using its current submission site since 2001. If you are a returning submitter, use the same login and password you used previously to submit your abstract. If you are a first-time user, you must create a new profile.

Refer to the Required Abstract Components and Guidelines before submitting your abstract.

Sample abstract

Step 1:

Click on Abstract Submission Site. This will take you directly to the submission site. Internet Explorer 6.0 (IE 6.0) or above is recommended. Note, IE 8.0 users must download a compatibility program to proceed with the submission.

Step 2:

Log onto the abstract submission site by entering a login name and password.

  • If you are a first-time user, you must create a new profile.
  • If you have submitted an abstract for a previous ABRCMS, use the same login name and password you used previously to access your account. If you have forgotten your login name or password, contact technical support at or (217) 398-1792.

Step 3:

On the first submission screen, under "2016 ABRCMS," select either "submit your ORAL abstract" or "submit your POSTER abstract." Only one abstract, poster or oral, can be submitted per student.

Step 4:

Proceed through the following screens:

  • Title
    Acknowledge the affirmation statements and enter your title as instructed. Note that this is the only time you will need to enter your title.
  • Author Block
    Enter all authors associated with the abstract in the following order: presenting student, research mentor, and then additional coauthors. An abstract must contain at least two authors in the author block.
  • Program Director/Advisor
    Complete this section regarding your program director and/or mentor.
  • Additional Information
    Complete this section regarding your educational level, research project, and previous participation.
  • Scientific Discipline
    Select one of the 12 scientific disciplines and a corresponding subdiscipline that best describes the research in your abstract. See page 6 for the complete list of disciplines.
  • Abstract
    Enter only your abstract, which should be a short description of your work. The abstract is limited to 2,500 characters, not including spaces. There are two methods of entering an abstract. You may select your previously prepared abstract file and "upload" it to the submission site, or you may enter your text into the area provided. Note that if you copy and paste text, a loss of all special formatting and symbols may occur.
  • Review My Work
    Review your abstract carefully because if accepted, it will appear in the conference materials exactly as you entered it. To make changes, select the appropriate step on the left-hand margin to return to that portion of the submission site that contains the text you want to change. All changes must be made before September 9.

As each step is completed, click on the "Save and Continue" button to save your work. You will automatically be moved to the next step. You can return to a previous step by selecting that step on the left-hand margin of the submission site.

Abstract Selection: Poster Presentation

Three main criteria will be considered by the review committee when reviewing abstracts for acceptance.

  1. A minimum of two authors in the author block (a submission with one author will result in an automatic rejection)
  2. Demonstration of a scientific problem (submissions must contain hypothesis and/or statement of problem, methods/methodology used, the results, and a conclusion)
  3. Quality of written content

Abstracts must contain the required components and abide by the guidelines in order to be considered for acceptance. Required Abstract Components and Guidelines

Abstract Selection: Oral Presentation

Of the abstracts submitted for oral presentation, only the top ten undergraduate abstracts in each of the 12 scientific disciplines will be selected for oral presentations. If an abstract is accepted into the conference, but not selected for oral presentation, that abstract will be automatically assigned to a poster presentation.

All abstracts submitted for oral presentation will first be reviewed for acceptance into the conference using the criteria for poster presentations. If accepted into the conference, the abstract will be reviewed for oral presentation using the following criteria:

  • Originality and innovation
  • Validity of scientific project
  • Approach to problem solving
  • Organization and clarity
  • Conciseness

All review decisions are final. There is no appeals process or opportunity to resubmit once an abstract is rejected.

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