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Research, Scholarship, and Funding Guide: Student Research

This guide highlights grant, foundation and other related information for researchers.

Selected Opportunities to Present at UA and Beyond

Writing and Presenting Your Research

Writing a Structured Abstract
An abstract is a summary of the essential elements in your research project. At minimum, include these sections in your structured abstract: Objective, Methods, Results and Conclusion. Use the questions below to guide you in answering these questions in your abstract:

  • What is your project? (i.e. the main question or problem)
  • How did you get the results?
  • What are the results?
  • Why the results were significant, novel, correct or good?
  • What is your conclusion?

A few tips about writing your structured abstract:

  • Don’t define terminology, give background information or talk about the work of others.
  • Don’t state your motivation.
Poster sessions are a great way for people to share their research and projects with their peers, faculty family, friends and other members of the UA community. There are many advantages to presenting a poster at a symposium:
  • You can engage with your peers in one-on-one conversations
  • Your presentation can be more conversational and flexible than a traditional paper presentation or an oral presentation.
  • It’s a great medium for presenting the early stages of your research.
  • You can obtain feedback on your project before writing and submitting your honors thesis, etc.
  • Add your symposium poster presentation on your resume.

Academic Support for the University of Akron Students

Whatever topic you are presenting you will find research assistance/training and resources to help you prepare for your poster presentation.

  • Make the best use of library resources to find the resource material you require
  • Get the most out of searching using multidisciplinary and specialized databases
  • Access scholarly information including full text articles
  • Develop a search strategy to save you time and effort


Contact your professional librarian for subject support for all your information needs – find your librarian by subject, or find us on the first floor of the Bierce Library or the Science & Technology Library during most business hours. Alternatively, you can request a research appointment at:

  • We are subject specialists and can provide detailed advice to help you carry out your research for your poster presentation.
  • Please contact us at any time to arrange a one to one appointment for help with literature searching or for more information about any of our resources.
  • We can provide guidance and information on citing sources properly and using citation management software (e.g. Zotero).

Visit the UA Libraries Subject Guides, which are listed by specialty as a starting point for researching around your topic.

We are all here to help you.

Funding for Student Research

Publishing Opportunities: