Components of a Competitive Abstract

Submitting an Abstract

Use the following as a guide for writing a competitive abstract:


  • Provide a brief context for the research
  • Indicate why it is important


  • State the goal(s) of the research and the question(s) you are seeking to address with this research

Study Design and Research Methods:

  • Specifically state what study design was used in the research
  • If appropriate, state what population or group(s) were studied
  • Briefly describe the study procedures used to carry out the research
  • Indicate which measurement techniques were used in the research
  • Provide information on the data analytic technique(s) that were used


  • Briefly describe the main findings or results of your research


  • Concisely state what the results mean and their impact on the field of research

Resources on Writing Competitive Abstracts


NEW in 2018! Understand how ABRCMS reviewers will review your abstract and the elements of successful abstract submissions when you attend this webinar series. Dates are as follows:

  • General Abstract Tips: Aug. 15, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. EST (3:00 p.m. PST)
  • Specific Abstract Tips for Biomedical Sciences and Social and Behavioral Sciences/Public Health: Aug. 20, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. EST (3:00 p.m. PST)
  • Specific Abstract Tips for Chemical Sciences and Engineering/Physics/Mathematics: Aug. 21, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. EST (3:00 p.m. PST)

Indicate your interest in attending this free webinar series by completing this short form.

Sample Abstracts from 2017 Student Awardees

Please click on the button below to view example abstracts from select 2017 Student Awardees. These awardees will be featured in our "Writing a Compelling Abstract" webinar series.



Sample Abstracts in Scientific Disciplines

Click on each discipline to see a sample annotated abstract:

Sample Abstracts 2018 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology  Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 
 Sample Abstracts 2018 Cancer Biology Cancer Biology
 Sample Abstracts 2018 Cell Biology Cell Biology
 Sample Abstracts 2018 Chemistry Chemistry
 Sample Abstracts 2018 Computational and Systems Biology Computational and Systems Biology
 Sample Abstracts 2018 Developmental Biology and Genetics Developmental Biology and Genetics
 Sample Abstracts 2018 Engineering Physics and Mathematics Engineering, Physics and Mathematics
 Sample Abstracts 2018 Immunology Immunology
 Sample Abstracts 2018 Microbiology Microbiology
 Sample Abstracts 2018 Neuroscience Neuroscience
 Sample Abstracts 2018 Physiology Physiology
 Sample Abstracts 2018 Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Health Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Health





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