Student Research Council
Abstract Submission for 2020 is closed.
The 2020 conference will be held in a virtual format this year, due to the current
guidance on minimizing exposure to other people. The deadline for presentation submission
is May 2, 2020, and winners will be announced in mid-May. More information is available
at the 2020 Student Research Conference Updates page.
Each WKU student is permitted to serve as the primary author/presenter on one presentation at the conference. The presentation can be an oral paper, a poster or exhibit or display, a performance, or a video.
To participate in the WKU Student Research Conference, students must apply by submitting an abstract for their scholarly activities. An abstract is a one-paragraph version of the main sections of the work. Abstracts are limited to 200 words, and special characters should be used sparingly. Students should work with their faculty mentors to draft their abstracts.
In addition to the abstract, students are required to submit the following information about their scholarly projects:
Title of the presentation
Type of presentation (oral paper, poster/exhibit/display, performance, video)
Subject area (business, health & human services, humanities, interdisciplinary, natural sciences, social sciences & education) of the presentation
If the presentation is part of an organized symposium or a generalsession
Special equipment needed (such as music stand or elevated stage)
Contact information (names, emails, phone numbers) for the primary student author-presenter, the faculty mentor, any student co-presenters (up to three additional students in addition to the primary presenter) who will be physically be co-presenting the work at the conference), and additional co-authors (up to six additional contributors to the work who will not be part of the presentation delivery).
Click here for more information about submitting an abstract for the Student Research Conference.
Abstract submission for the 50th annual WKU Student Research Conference is closed.
An abstract is a miniature version of a scholarly paper, poster, performance, video, or exhibit. It is a one-paragraph summary of the main sections of the work. An abstract typically includes an introduction describing the research question, goal, or intent of the project; the methods, procedure, materials, or approach of the project; the results, findings, or product of the project; and a discussion describing the significance, implications, and conclusions of the project. The emphasis on these basic components will vary by discipline. A well-written abstract should make the reader want to learn more about the project.
To learn more about writing an abstract, visit our Information About Abstract Submissions web page and check-out our Workshop Series in the Student Resources menu. To read student abstracts from previous conferences, download abstracts or conference programs at the Past Conferences link in the Student Research Conference menu.