By Elzbieta Cook, Louisiana State University
Successful abstracts exhibit what is generally accepted as good
The Title is informative; it is neither too long nor too short, and it does not oversell or sensationalize the content of the presentation.
The body of the abstract briefly frames the researched issue, succinctly describes the performed research, and outlines the findings and general conclusions without going into too many details or numbers.
The list of authors, in addition to the presenting undergraduate student(s), always includes the name of the research mentor(s) as well as any other non-presenting author who contributed to the presented work.
NOTE: Only undergraduate students are allowed to present in the Undergraduate Research Poster session; any research mentor who wishes to present the results
It is a common error for students and faculty to submit a poster abstract to an incorrect session. The confusion often comes from the fact that the Chemical Education division of the ACS (DivCHED) accepts two types of poster abstracts: those from faculty about their chemical education research and those from undergraduate students about their research in a particular technical discipline.
The Undergraduate Research Poster Session in DivCHED is custom made for undergraduate student research. It is a good place to submit an abstract here, whether it’s your first presentation at a National Meeting or your third or fourth (as long as you’re still an undergrad).
Nevertheless, you should consult with your research advisor to find the right place to submit. If you do plan on submitting to a division other than DivCHED (e.g. Division of Analytical Chemistry), it’s a good idea to check with the division program chair to find the best place to showcase your research.
The Undergraduate Research Poster Session is meant only for undergraduate student presenters (i.e., you!). ACS has created several sub-divisions for the various sub-disciplines in chemistry, so you can present in an area that closely relates to your research.
In the Undergraduate Research Poster Session, you’ll want to choose the area of chemistry your research fits best, such as biochemistry, environmental, etc. If your undergraduate research
Remember, you, as an undergraduate researcher, must travel to the meeting to present your work. Please note that if a faculty researcher, a postdoctoral candidate, or a graduate student wishes to present a poster on hardcore chemistry education research, they should submit their abstract to the CHED division in the General Poster Session. This article is not meant for such submissions.