call for abstracts


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The purpose of the Symposium is to share recent research with community investigators in various fields, college students, and faculty as well as to encourage research activities in the Central Valley. All fields of research will be considered for presentation to exchange further ideas among investigators and the general public.

 All individuals, including faculty, residents, graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to submit abstracts.

 All abstracts will be peer reviewed.  Comparative analysis, data, and results of completed research or research in advanced stages of completion must be described in the abstract. 

 Abstracts will be judged by the coordinating committee on the criteria outlined below:

 Scholarly merit appropriate to the discipline

  • Creativity
  • Timeliness
  • Value
  • Clarity to an audience of scholars not necessarily from the same discipline. 

Abstracts should not contain technical jargon and undefined symbols.  The most frequent reason for rejection of proposals is absence of results. 

No more than one presentation may be made by an individual author.  This does not preclude a co-author from making a presentation.

Judges attending each session will recommend undergraduate and graduate students for cash awards. 

Abstract Format



Presentation Type:  Oral or Poster



E-mail Address: 

If you are a student presenter, please indicate whether you are an Undergraduate, Master’s, or Doctoral Student.


Abstract of not more than 300 words.

The body of the abstract should be organized as follows:

  1. Introduction stating objectives of the study
  2. Brief summary of methods
  3. Summary of results 
  4. Conclusion

(Note: It is not satisfactory to state “The results will be discussed.”)


  • Do not use technical jargon.
  • Proofread your abstracts prior to submitting.  (Note:  Abstracts which are selected will be published in the proceedings exactly as typed.) 
  • The title should be brief but clearly identify the nature of the study. 

Abstracts not adhering to these guidelines may not be considered for presentation.

Abstract Writing Workshops


Need assistance writing your abstract?


Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 4pm (HML 2145) 

Monday, March 4, 2019 at 11am (HML 2145) 

Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 11am (HML 2145) 

Monday, March 11, 2019 at 10am (HML 2127)

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 10am (HML 2145)  

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 5pm (HML 2145)  

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Presentation Guidelines


Authors should indicate their preference for either an oral OR a poster presentation.


Oral presentations will be limited to 12 minutes followed by 3 minutes for discussion.


Poster presentation format details will be provided to authors selected for a poster presentation. 


Time and Location of Presentation: Notification of acceptance will specify location and exact time of presentation.


Sponsorship Requirement:  Authors of papers entered in the student competition must be sponsored by a faculty member.


Acceptance Policy:  In order to participate in sessions, participants must confirm their invitation to present.  Presenters who do not confirm will not be scheduled.


No Show Policy If a student confirms their intent to present and does not show up on the day of the event, they will not be able to present the following year and their faculty sponsor will be notified. 


Withdrawal Policy:  If a first author chooses to withdraw his or her abstract for any reason, a request must be submitted by April 8, 2019.


All abstracts selected for presentation will be published in the Central California Research Symposium Proceedings.


Student awards followed by a social hour will conclude the symposium.