Homework Please bring a printed copy of your abstract and proposal to class on Thursday, March 8th!

Conference Proposal and Abstract for FYRC To complete this assignment, you should use the SAME TOPIC and research that you are doing for the Individual Informative Presentation in Communications.

Later in the semester, TAMUCC offers freshmen students the opportunity to present their research at a bona fide academic research conference. This the First Year Research Conference. In order to be eligible to present, students must apply to the FYRC selection committee by submitting 2 short pieces of writing:

The Abstract The Proposal My assignment here for you is designed to provide the following:

  • to give you some practice with this kind of academic writing
  • to get you actively working on and thinking about your Individual Informative Presentation
  • to encourage you to think about submitting your work for consideration to the FYRC

Your Purpose for the Abstract

  • Your 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!

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

First Year Research Conference Proposal Sample1