HOW TO WRITE AN ABSTRACT FOR YOUR SCIENCE PROJECT
Your abstract should be a 250 word paragraph that includes the following:
1.Purpose of your project / experiment
- An introductory statement of the reason for investigating the topic of the project.
- A statement of the problem or hypothesis being studied.
- It also may include any possible research applications.
- Summarization of the key points.
- Overview of the investigation that you conducted.
- Only include procedures that you, the student, did.
- Do not include work done by a mentor (such as surgical procedures), acknowledgements, work done by a university lab or work done prior to your involvement in your project.
- Do not give details about the materials used unless it greatly influenced the procedure or had to be developed to do the investigation.
- State the key results that lead directly to the conclusions you have drawn.
- Do not give too many details about the results nor include tables or graphs.
- Describe briefly conclusions that you derived from your investigation.
- Reflect on the process and possibly state some applications and extensions of the investigation.
More Tips When Writing Science Fair Project Abstract
- The abstract is printed on one page and is usually 250 words long.
- Judges and the public must have an accurate idea of the project after reading the abstract.
- The abstract must focus on the current year's research and give only minimal reference to previous work. Do not include details and discussions in the abstract, but they may be put in the longer, written research paper, or given on the display board.