Creating Your Project Description

Once you have chosen the work you wish to submit and the format you wish to employ, you will need to submit a project description, (not formal abstract) via the online application form. It is not uncommon that your research be incomplete when submitting the online registration form.  You will have the opportunity to share your findings during your presentation. 

Your project description should be no more than 500 characters. Here are some helpful tips for getting started and for crafting a clear and concise project description

Tips for Clarity

  1. Be concise:  Say only what you need and intend to say.
    • Avoid unnecessary adjectives
    • Avoid tangents and unneeded commentary
  2. Use the narrative voice:  Form a logical narrative of ideas, not a story of the experience
    • Avoid step-by-step coverage outside of describing critical procedures, important causal phenomena, etc.
    • Avoid speculation, deviation from main idea or line of inquiry
  3. Limit Your Scope: Include only the information needed to make your point
    • Use illustrations and figures only to show new techniques, results or to support your argument

Language to Use

  1. Use formal diction: no casual or colloquial phrasing
  2. Avoid jargon whenever possible
  3. Do not use contractions (couldn't, didn't, etc.)
  4. Use abbreviations to avoid repetition, but only after you have defined them
  5. Do not include personal narrative, opinion or commentary
  6. Use active voice when possible

Idea Starters

Consider the following questions when composing your project description:

  1. What was the purpose of the research? Importance?
  2. What does the current research say? What problem did you address?
  3. How did you attempt to solve this problem?
  4. What method(s) were used? What was done?
  5. What significant data were collected?
  6. What new ideas, problems emerged? What can be concluded?