Pick a title that is descriptive and interesting. For example, the use of humor in your title or an interesting association or combination of words may serve to attract attention to your presentation (e.g., "There’s Something Fishy Here: Oceanography Inspires Design").
Shorter titles generally are better than longer ones.
Keep in mind that the title is your first and best chance to interest and inform your audience about your presentation.
Your abstract must be a single paragraph, approximately 200-250 words in length. Your abstract should clearly describe your research or scholarly activity. Citations and a reference list should be avoided, unless the reference is a central part of the work being presented. (In this case, include the entire reference parenthetically in the body of the abstract.) Abstracts are stand-alone documents—someone reading your abstract should have a good understanding of the work you conducted/will conduct and the purpose for conducting the project. Your abstract should include the following:
If you have not completed your research/scholarly activity at the time of preparing your abstract (a very common situation), you may want to include any preliminary findings in your abstract. Even if your conclusions change as you gather more data and synthesize your results, including preliminary conclusions in your abstract helps the reader understand some of the implications and significance of your research/scholarly activity.
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