DEADLINE: July 11, 2019


As part of your summer research project, you are required to present your research outcomes during the Undergraduate Summer Student Research Conference on August 15, 2019. To get the process started we are asking everyone to submit their abstracts by July 11, 2019 at 11.59pm. A committee will select the top abstracts for oral presentations and the remaining will be directed to do a poster presentation. The selection criteria, guideline and example are provided below. The winners will be announced later on in July. Please Work with your supervisor in the development of your abstract.


1. Work with your supervisor to develop your abstract
2. Requirements for the abstract: Max 1800 characters (including spaces)
3. An abstract requires the following elements:

  • Introduction

  • Presentation of the question or problem you are solving (hypothesis)

  • Outline of methodology

  • Results

  • The significance or impact of your results

Example abstract

“Development of a Multi-Size Monodispersed Microdroplet Generation & Sorting Device”

“The objective of the project was to develop a novel microfluidic technique that can generate monodispersed microdroplets of various sizes simultaneously in a controllable high-throughput manner. As various scientific fields trend towards miniaturization, the development of nanoliter and picoliter droplets as reaction vessels is proving rather useful; especially in disease diagnosis and drug discovery. The basis of this research project was to achieve droplet generation by harnessing the controlled motion of a microneedle, via the delivery of the dispersed phase fluid, inside of a microchannel, carrying the continuous phase, and using the shearing effect at the needle tip as the source of droplet generation. My research initially focused on the creation of the design and its respective 3D model using SolidWorks followed by the fabrication of the device and the respective PDMS channel(s). To achieve the designated needle tip motion, a 4-bar mechanism was used to convert rotary motion of a motor to the near-linear arc motion of the needle-tip. The relation between the motor and needle-tip speed was solved mathematically and then programmed using Aduino, which allowed for rather accurate knowledge of a needle tip location in–channel and accurate control of needle-tip speed. The overall design allows generation of droplets across the width of the channel while the continuous phase flow carries microdroplets away from the tip of the needle. In essence, this added a new dimension to droplet generation beyond controlling pressure of dispersed and continuous phase liquids, as typically present in a T-junction; as well as allowing multiple sizes to be generated simultaneously. This technique can be the foundation for a commercial product which is both more dynamic and versatile, when compared to current devices, and may be used for a variety of applications in life sciences, chemistry and medicine.”

MOdes of presentation:

Poster vs Oral presentation:
A committee will select the abstracts that will be presented orally. If you are selected for an oral presentation you will not need to present a poster. More in-depth information will be provided during the “How to Make an Effective Presentation” workshop.


Selection criteria for oral presentations:
The selection committee understands that you will only have done half of your projects by now, so they will not judge you on your obtained results. Instead, they will use the following criteria:

  • Well-written abstract

  • Well-defined project

  • Well-described significance/impact of anticipated results

Oral presentation:
PowerPoint presentation of 10 minutes + 5 minutes of questions.

POSTER Presentation

Maximum height of poster board: 4ft
Maximum width of poster board: 5ft
The poster session will be 90 minutes. You are expected to present your poster in 5 minutes to judges and others who stop by. You will likely give your presentation a couple of times during your session.


There will be prizes for best posters and best talks.


  • Clear and concise introductionto topic and problem of study

  • Description of objectives, methodology, data, etc., communicating work performed but without unnecessary details

  • Qualitative and/or quantitative results, analysis and discussion

  • Focused and meaningful conclusions


  • Adherence to time constraints and other instructions

  • Clarity of voice, enthusiasm, tone, mannerisms, dress, professionalism

  • Layout; clarity and effectiveness of visual aids


  • Ability to directly and correctly answer questions

  • Ability to promote discussion from presentation material