Council of Graduate Students

at The Ohio State University

Abstract Guidelines


  1. You must be the sole author of your abstract's text, though the research may have been conducted collaboratively. 
  2. Applications must be individual. You cannot submit an application in more than one person's name.
  3. If selected for presentation, you must be the person to present your research. You cannot ask someone else to present on your behalf. You also cannot make joint presentations.
  4. Applicants (both graduate students and postdoctoral scholars) may only submit one proposal in total and only to one academic area. Applicants' work will be evaluated by professionals from that general academic area, so proposals need to be understood by those in a fairly broad range of related fields. Minimize complex, esoteric, and (sub)field specific language that may not be understood by your judges. The ability to explain complex material in a clear and convincing way is part of the judges' consideration in evaluating your proposal.
  5. Do not include any specific information that could be used to identify you individually, (e.g., your name, your advisor's name, your department name) in the abstract or abstract file. Papers are judged by a blind review process. Any application that does not meet this criterion may be disqualified.
  6. Abstract submissions must be approved by the faculty member who is supervising your research.
  7. The abstract must be typed in 10-12 point font only.
  8. The abstract must be single-spaced.
  9. Margins must be no less than 1 inch on all sides (top, right, left and the bottom of the page).
  10. At the top of the page, write the title of the paper in the center. 
  11. Abstracts should be no more than 1000 words and no longer than 1 page. This excludes reference/citations/works cited sections, which may be included on a second page. In-text citation/Parenthetical citations are considered part of the limited to a single page abstract content.
  12. Abstracts must not include any tables, figures, or illustrations.
  13. You should include the following information in the abstract: (a) Purpose of the study/piece; (b) Research method; (c) Findings or Predicted Findings; and (d) Implications. These categories may need to be adjusted to fit your particular research and the scholarly traditions of your field. For example, you may need to be explicit about the theoretical perspective underlying your research or the data analysis methods you employed.
  14. Abstracts will be evaluated based on the quality of the writing and research. This includes the purpose of the research, the research design, and procedure, the theoretical and/or practical significance of the findings, the conclusions, and any other content.
  15. Abstracts will be evaluated in the academic area you select from the 10 academic areas for graduate students or 3 academic areas for postdoctoral scholars. In determining the area in which you will submit your abstract, the primary factor to consider is the subject matter addressed by your research, not necessarily your area of enrollment. For example, a paper from a graduate student in Comparative Studies might be evaluated within Arts, Social and Behavioral Science, or Mathematical and Physical Sciences rather than in Humanities.
  16. It is the applicant's responsibility to double check that they have submitted their abstract to the correct academic area. Double check that you have chosen the correct academic area prior to submission.
  17. The online application (including the submission of an abstract) must be submitted by TBD
  18. The file format must be a pdf. We cannot accept applications submitted in any other way.
  19. The name of the file cannot be more than 30 characters and may not contain special characters.  You may use a shortened version of the abstract title for the file name.  The abstract title is NOT limited to 30 characters.  Please ignore any other inconsistent messaging regarding file name and abstract length.  
  20. Once you have read the above guidelines then please Apply Here


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