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GW Research Day Resources: Writing Abstracts

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Abstract Writing: Tips to Avoid

Too much information:
Avoid including too much background information and details. Should be succinct!
Incomplete sentences:
Avoid using bullets or incomplete phrases.
Avoid abbreviations, acronyms and jargon unless it is well known to almost all readers (e.g. CDC)
Any sort of image, illustration, figure, or table, or references to them.

GW Research Day: Workshops for Health Sciences

Ramp Up for GW Research Day Workshops:
The ABCs of Abstract Writing

Instructor: Dr. Linda Werling

  • DescriptionNeed help writing an abstract for GW Research Day?  Learn the key components of how to summarize your major findings and write an effective abstract.

Link to the Recorded Session: ABCs of Abstract Writing Workshop
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Presenter: See examples of well written abstracts
2016 Research Day submissions:

(All examples consent/permission to post was obtained)
Shawn Chiang  Smoking Characteristics and Psychiatric Comorbidities of Pregnant Smokers: An Analysis of Quit4Baby Randomized Controlled Trial 
(Milken Institute School of Public Health)
Avinash Chandran

Time Trends in Incidence and Severity of Injury among NCAA Soccer Players, 1990-1996 and 2004-2009
(Milken Institute School of Public Health)

Ivan Suarez Castellanos

Ultrasound Stimulation of Insulin Release from Pancreatic Beta Cells 
(Department of Biomedical Engineering)
Caitlin Bove  Diet as a Risk Factor in Obstructive Sleep Apnea
(School of Medicine and Health Sciences) 

Abstract Components

Problem Statement/Introduction:
Make the case why this research is important. Remember to use words that will grab the reader’s attention.
(How does it contribute to the scholarly literature? Identify the gap . Include hypothesis.)

What was done to obtain results
(Include research design, setting, population and sample size, duration of the study, research instrument, treatment/procedure)

Connect to methods – as a result of conducting the above procedure submit what were your findings.
(Refrain from analyzing results)

Major implications of your findings.
(Include analysis and outcomes)

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