Conference Proposal and Abstract

(This is a fabulous opportunity to think about PURPOSE, GENRE, and AUDIENCE!)

Your Purpose for the Abstract

  • You purpose is to sell your presentation as interesting and full of academic merit!
  • 50-word abstract for FYRC: The abstract should read like an advertisement for your presentation. If accepted, your abstract will be printed in the program. The program will help the audience decide which presentation they want to attend.

Purpose and audience are different for the Proposal: you want to convince the conference judges to accept your proposal because you are offering a sound academic argument based on evidence and logical thinking.

Proposal should make 5 basic moves!

  1. Begin with a strong, explicit statement about purpose --- The purpose of this proposal is .....
  2. Follow with 2 to 3 sentences of background information. This is where you cite academic sources from your research, using MLA.
  3. Then add a sentence or so about the "so what" -- So what statements are about significance. Why this research or subject is important!
  4. Concluding statement comments on the findings of the study.
  5. Make certain to include a Works Cited list at the end for sources cited in the proposal, using MLA.

First Year Research Conference Proposal Sample