Abstract/Artistic Statement Submission Deadline:

April 3

The submission deadline is Friday, April 3, 2020 (11:59 pm) with an Early Submission Opportunity for submissions received by Friday, February 14, 2020 (11:59 pm).

Here is some information to gather before you begin, as well as some key points to keep in mind as you progress through the abstract/artistic statement submission process:

  • Group submission will require the name, email, class year, and major(s)/minor(s) (if applicable) for each student collaborator in the group. Please be sure to gather this information paying close attention to spelling. The first student listed on the form will serve as the main point of contact, and accepts the responsibility of sharing all communications from the URS team with their collaborators. It is recommended that you discuss this decision as a group.
  • You will need the name, email, and department (including institution if a non-PLU faculty member) for each faculty mentor involved with your project.
  • Projects involving human or animal participants will require HPRB or IACUC approval. If these apply to your project, please gather all approval information ahead of time. Not sure if your research requires approvals? Please consult your faculty mentor or visit the website for additional information.
  • All abstracts / artistic statements must be reviewed and approved by your faculty mentor before submission. After you submit this form, faculty mentors will be asked to verify your submission before it is considered complete and sent for review.
  • The Early Submission Opportunity provides a chance for students to revise and resubmit their abstract/ artistic statement prior to the final submission deadline, and pending approved revisions, guarantees acceptance to the symposium. Submit by 11:59 pm on February 14, 2020 to take advantage of this opportunity.
  • Plan ahead! Your faculty mentor(s) may be supporting several different students/projects for the URS. Talk with them early in the process, and submit all requests to them early to allow adequate time for your mentor to review your abstract, as well as follow-up with feedback and/or answers to any questions you may have.

Tips for preparing your abstract/artistic statement:

  • Abstracts / artistic statements should adhere strictly to the guidelines set forth in the appropriate scholarship category/type. Carefully review these guidelines before you begin your abstract and throughout the process.
  • Make sure your abstract/artistic statement is understandable to a wide audience.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor as to whether your abstract/artistic statement should be written in the first or third person, and what is appropriate for your project.
  • Take time to prepare your abstract/artistic statement. Write drafts and revise in order to capture your project precisely.
  • Create a clear title that incorporates the keywords, key points and findings, and/or main ideas of your project.
  • Review your abstract/artistic statement carefully before submission, checking for errors, typos, and clarity.
  • Seek input from your faculty mentor and be sure to receive your mentor’s approval.
  • Do not compose your abstract / artistic statement in the submission form. Always have your text saved in another document that you can easily copy and paste into the submission form.

Questions about your abstract/artistic statement and/or scholarship type?

  • Review the information available on the URS website.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor(s).

Questions about the URS, submission form, or application process?

  • Review the information available on the URS website.
  • Contact Jen Hasson in the Office of the Provost (hassonja@plu.edu, 253-535-7129).