Council of Graduate Students
at The Ohio State University

Abstract Requirements

Potential applicants, please read through the below requirements and rules concerning the Hayes Forum. Once you have read all the requirements, scroll further down to find the application link.

Abstract Submission and Application Requirements

  1. Applications to the forum must be for one person, and one person only. Group applications/presentations are not accepted and will be disquailfied. 
  2. You must be the sole author of your abstract's text, though the research the abstract is based on may have been conducted collaboratively. 
  3. If selected for presentation, you (the abstract writer and applicant) must be the person to present your research. You cannot ask someone else to present on your behalf. No exceptions will be made for any reason (i.e., scheduling conflicts, illness, etc.).
  4. Applicants (both graduate students and postdoctoral scholars) may only submit one application for that year's forum, and this aplication can only be in one academic area. 
  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. (This approval will come through an online form generated and sent to the listed faculty member's email once your application is submitted.)
  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. In-text citation/parenthetical citations are considered part of the limited to a single page abstract content. This requirement excludes reference/citations/works cited sections, which may be included on a second page. 
  12. Abstracts must not include any tables, figures, or illustrations.
  13. 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.
  14. The file format must be a PDF. The online submission portal will not accept any other file type. 
  15. 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.  
  16. The online application (including the submission of an abstract) must be submitted by 11:59pm on Monday, December 4th.
  17. Once you have read all the guidelines above, click the link to apply below. By applying for the forum, applicants affirm that they have read and understand all rules and requirements regarding scholarly/academic integrity, formatting, attendance on the day of the forum, finality of judging, and prize redemption


Tips for More Successful Abstracts

  1. Applicants' work will be evaluated by professionals from that general academic area (see more about the forum's academic areas here), 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 (see more about the forum's academic areas here). 


Once you have read all the above, please Apply HereBy applying for the forum, applicants affirm that they have read and understand all rules and requirements regarding scholarly/academic integrity, formatting, attendance on the day of the forum, finality of judging, and prize redemption

Application Troubleshooting

If you are having trouble uploading your documents or submitting your application, please double check that...

  • Your email and your advisor's email are in the official OSU email address format
  • You are submitting an abstract file in .PDF format (.doc, .docx, and other non .PDF formats are not accepted)
  • The file name is the same as the abstract title
If these steps do not remedy the issue, please reach out to with the subject line "Technical Issues with Hayes Application Form" for the fastest assistance.
Questions? E-mail the Hayes Forum 2024 Organizing Committee's Chair, Katie Conner, at