Call for Abstracts

Important Dates

  • Abstract Submission Opens: April 14
  • Abstract Submission Deadline: September 8
  • Abstract Review: September 14-19
  • Abstract Dispositions: September 29
  • Accept/Withdraw Abstract Deadline: October 3
  • ABRCMS 2023: November 15-18 

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Abstract Submissions Are Closed.

Undergraduate (Sophomore, Junior, or Senior) & Community College Students:

  1. Oral abstract for in-person conference (November 16-17), OR
  2. Poster abstract for in-person conference (November 16–17), OR
  3. ePoster abstract for virtual ePoster session (November 18)

Postbaccalaureate Students:

  1. Poster abstract for in-person conference (November 16–17), OR
  2. ePoster abstract for virtual ePoster Session (November 18)

Master's Level Graduate Students:

  1. Poster abstract for the in-person conference during the Graduate Student Networking Reception (November 15)

Doctoral-Level Graduate Students:

  1. Oral abstract for the Graduate Symposium (November 14-15)

More Information 

1. ABRCMS Eligibility

For ABRCMS 2023 (November 15–18)

  1. As of November 1, you must be currently enrolled as one of the following:
    • Community college student
      • Must have completed at least 30 credit hours
    • Undergraduate sophomore, junior, or senior
    • Postbaccalaureate student
      • Must be enrolled in a formalized program
    • Master’s level graduate student
  2. Have conducted research, used experimental methods and developed results in one of the 12 ABRCMS scientific disciplines

For the Graduate Symposium (November 14-15)

  1. As of November 1, you must be currently enrolled as one of the following:
    • Doctoral-level graduate student
  2. Have conducted research, used experimental methods and developed results in one of the 12 ABRCMS scientific disciplines

Important Information

  • Your eligibility is based on your enrolled education level as of November 1, and NOT your education level when you conducted your research.
  • Only undergraduate students, including community college students, are eligible to submit an abstract for oral presentations during the in-person conference.
  • Postbaccalaureate, Master’s students and previous in-person poster/oral presentation awardees are only eligible to submit abstracts for poster presentations at the in-person conference or during the virtual ePoster. If you won a presentation award at a virtual ABRCMS, you are still eligible to submit an oral abstract. 
  • Master’s and doctoral-level students as well as previous ABRCMS presentation awardees are ineligible for presentation awards.

2. Abstract components and guidelines.

Accepted abstracts must contain:

  1. At least two authors in the author block.
  2. Hypothesis or statement about the problem under investigation.
  3. Statement of the experimental methods/methodology used.
  4. Essential results provided in summary form (even if preliminary).
  5. Conclusion.

Abstracts missing any of the items above will be rejected. Abstracts must also be clearly written and free of multiple errors.

Abstract Rules

  • Only one student, the individual listed first in the author block, can present the abstract.
  • You must obtain permission from your research mentor, co-authors, and program director(s) before submitting an abstract. They will receive a copy of the notification email by October 3 indicating the status of the abstract.
  • Only one abstract submission, poster or oral, per student is acceptable. If you are listed as the presenting author on more than one abstract, all abstracts associated with you will automatically be rejected.
  • If you are working in the same lab as another abstract submitter, you must independently submit original abstracts. Identical abstracts submitted by different students will automatically be rejected.
  • Abstracts must be written by you and reviewed/edited by the mentor. Mentors should not write the abstract.
  • Citations, tables and keywords are not allowed in the abstract text and will be removed.
  • The character limit of the abstract is 2,500 (not including spaces).
  • Work must be proofread prior to submission. ABRCMS staff will not edit abstracts. Additionally, no co-authors can be added after the abstract submission deadline.
  • No late submissions will be accepted.

Additional Resources for Creating a Competitive Abstract


Next Steps

You will be notified by September 29, if your abstract is accepted. All abstract authors, including the research advisor/program director listed on your abstract, will receive notice of whether your abstract was accepted. Your co-authors and research advisor/program director will receive notification by October 3.

If your abstract is accepted, confirm your status by October 3. You MUST accept the invitation to present your abstract by October 3 to participate in the judging program. Presentation date/time will not be provided until you have accepted. Please note that ABRCMS has a strict No-Show Policy. If you accept to present but do not show up, you will be excluded from having your presentation judged the next time you attend ABRCMS.


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