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Rubrics and Sample Proposals

Student participants in the Student Conference will engage in rigorous undergraduate work with a mentor and present their work in a formal conference environment.

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Review the rubrics by which your proposals will be evaluated for admission to the conference, and review sample proposals from past years.

Tips on Writing an Abstract for the MCCCD Student Conference

An abstract is an overview of a research project.  Your abstract will help the conference organizers understand what you plan to present, so they can choose presentations that will be enjoyable and useful for the conference attendees.

For the MCCCD Student Conference, your abstract should contain:

1. An explanation of why you selected your research topic.  Consider issues like:

  • How did you become interested in the topic?
  • Why is the topic significant?
  • Why is it important to learn more about this topic?
  • Why is it important to conduct research in this area?

2. A description of how you will be researching your topic.  For example, you might be planning to:

  • Read
  • Interview
  • Observe
  • Experiment

3. An overview of what type of results you anticipate finding.  You might include:

  • Your hypothesis and/or research question (what you intend to try to prove or discover)
  • The results that you may discover

Helpful Links:

http://research.berkeley.edu/ucday/abstract.html

http://www.ece.cmu.edu/~koopman/essays/abstract.html

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/ (especially for APA)

http://www.suite101.com/content/how-to-write-academic-conference-abstracts-a145232

http://www.butler.edu/undergrad-research-conference/conference-program