Abstract Guidelines and Resources:

For our conference, there is no word limit or format necessary so long as your name and title are clearly visible at the top of your abstract. Listed below are descriptions of each research category. Please choose the most applicable category for your abstract.

Life Sciences

Preferred abstract submissions will report on research related to biological factors that contribute to health disparities.

Clinical Sciences

Preferred abstract submissions will reflect a broad range of clinical science research on health disparities and environmental health.

Population Sciences/Behavioral Sciences/Social Sciences

Preferred abstract submissions will address the reduction of health disparities through the scientific study of the epidemiological, translational, behavioral, social, political, and economic contexts of disparities.

Environmental Sciences

Preferred abstract submissions will address environmental exposures and triggers, e.g., air pollution and respiratory health, proximity to hazardous waste, and other conditions that affect health and communities.


Preferred abstract submissions will address issues and innovations in the field of engineering and that either promote or obstruct patient outcomes. A keen interest on medical devices and procedures is recommended. 

Policy and Public Health

Preferred abstract submissions will address the imperative role of public health initiatives in the alleviation of health disparities along with epidemiological research that helps defines health issues in our communities. Also, policy analyses and research about future policy recommendations to address health disparities is welcomed. 

Key points for writing abstracts: 

When writing your abstract, it is important to keep the following things in mind:

  1. What your presentation is about?  The first few sentences of your abstract should also be specific in describing what your research focus is, and what your research is about. 
  2. How was your research conducted? What methodology are you using? Did you utilize specific programs to gather information? How was your analysis conducted? 
  3. What are the ramifications of your research? What is the take-home message?

With these ideas in mind, you should also be concise in your abstract and be able to delineate your message in detail as well. Be sure to have your principal investigator or mentor review your abstract before submission. 

For abstract examples, check out the directory of Public Health abstract submissions from the National Council on Undergraduate Research,

Poster Guidelines:

All posters must be follow the size requirement of 48"x36" (4'x3'). A board to attach your poster will be provided to you on the day of the conference. There is no set requirements for your poster, but key categories to guide your poster include, but are not limited to:

  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Results 
  • Conclusion
  • Acknowledgements/References

For Wayne State University Students, poster designs can be found, here. 
For University of Michigan Students, poster designs can be found, here.

Follow the infographic below to creating a poster from scratch utilizing Powerpoint.

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