For those of you preparing your abstracts, I understand some of the confusion about writing a summary for a project that is still in progress.
Therefore, what I suggest is preparing a brief 250-word paragraph that encompasses the essence of the project. This should include the following:
1. Introduce the topic.
2. Indicate the gap in the literature and empirical research.
3. State the methodological approach. For #1-3, use the content from your project proposal and literature review.
4. Briefly summarize results. If your data has yet to be analyzed, then indicate that. If you are in the throes of conducting the analysis right now, then write something like “The preliminary results show….” By stating this, you’re indicating to the reader that you’re in the early stages of figuring out what the data means and its significance to your overall study.
5. Pithy conclusion. Finalize the abstract with a general statement about your findings, any recommendations, and what contributions you think the study has made to the topic of interest.
Please feel free to reach out with any questions and remember that the final abstract to the program is due December 13th so you still have a month to finish up!