General Requirements


Abstracts must be submitted by 11:59 PM Thursday, March 01, 2018. Late submissions will not be accepted. Submit only your abstract. Do not submit complete research papers.


Decision notifications will be sent via email to the presenter identified in the abstract submission. Please note this is a competitive process.


  • Abstracts must be submitted online; email and paper submissions will not be accepted.
  • The submitted abstract should include the following headings: Title, Author, Background, Methods, Results (as applicable), and Conclusions.
  • Abstracts must be limited to 250 words.
  • Presenting authors may submit ONE abstract only. The presenting author will serve as the primary point of contact.
  • Duplicate abstracts submitted by different authors will be automatically rejected. However a collaborative effort among multiple authors is acceptable when submitted as one project. All authors must be identified at the time of the abstract submission.
  • Work must be proof read prior to submission. The Research Committee is not responsible for editing abstracts.
  • Before submitting your abstract, please make sure that your research has the proper regulatory approvals (human subjects, animal subjects, biological hazards and radioactive materials). For students, this also means having the approval of your faculty advisor.
  • The review process for oral presentations is extremely competitive.

Conference Etiquette

  • This is a competitive process. All submissions will not be accepted. The conference will only allow a maximum of 400 participants.
  • Once your abstract is accepted, you must be prepared to present. No-shows are strongly discouraged. If something unexpected impedes your presentation, let the organizers know as soon as possible. Please contact us at
  • On the day of your presentation, please dress in business or business casual attire (i.e., a nice shirt and slacks/skirt or a suit).
  • Be prepared to stay for your entire session, listen to the other presentations, and/or stand by your poster to participate in discussions.
  • Use the day to network and learn. Plan on attending other sessions and seeing what other students and faculty are doing.