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GW Research Day Resources: Writing Abstracts

GW Research Day: Workshops for Health Sciences

Writing an Abstract for Your Research Day Poster

Instructor: Tom Harrod


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)

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.


Examples of well written abstracts

 Smoking Characteristics and Psychiatric Comorbidities of Pregnant Smokers: An Analysis of Quit4Baby Randomized Controlled Trial  
Presenter: Shawn Chiang, Milken Institute School of Public Health

Time Trends in Incidence and Severity of Injury among NCAA Soccer Players, 1990-1996 and 2004-2009
Presenter: Avinash Chandran, Milken Institute School of Public Health

Ultrasound Stimulation of Insulin Release from Pancreatic Beta Cells 
Presenter: Ivan Suarez Castellanos, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Diet as a Risk Factor in Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Presenter: Caitlin Bove, School of Medicine and Health Sciences