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So I'm finishing up my undergrad this semester (and hopefully attending a graduate school of some sort in the fall) and would love to submit the piece I used as my writing sample to a few conferences. One with spectacular fit is a graduate conference at UCLA...would it be appropriate for me to submit to grad conferences since I'll be in that weird limbo in between undergrad and grad at the time of presentation (late May)? I feel prepared, but I thought I'd ask in case there are some unwritten rules I am unaware of.

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Can anyone explain how to write an abstract, or direct me to websites that explain the rules? I'm pretty clueless in this department.

 

http://findsandfeatures.wordpress.com/2011/12/04/how-to-write-an-abstract-for-a-conference-paper/

 

This one was pretty helpful in writing my first few. Definitely poke around the internet a little bit more and look at abstracts related to your topic in your school's databases (EBSCOhost?) too.

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Can anyone explain how to write an abstract, or direct me to websites that explain the rules? I'm pretty clueless in this department.

 

I asked my adviser, who was more than happy to give me a few that she had submitted as examples. Following her model, I had a panel picked up for NeMLA. :)

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So I'm finishing up my undergrad this semester (and hopefully attending a graduate school of some sort in the fall) and would love to submit the piece I used as my writing sample to a few conferences. One with spectacular fit is a graduate conference at UCLA...would it be appropriate for me to submit to grad conferences since I'll be in that weird limbo in between undergrad and grad at the time of presentation (late May)? I feel prepared, but I thought I'd ask in case there are some unwritten rules I am unaware of.

Undergrads are usually more than welcome to present at grad student conferences. In fact, a few of the conferences I presented at were organized by grad students (mostly intended for grad students, but they welcomed undergrad presenters as well). I also know some undergrads who have presented at professional conferences, so it's usually not a big deal.

 

Besides, if you're talking about the conference that I'm thinking about (Gender Studies, I believe?), I think they encourage both grad and undergrad students to apply, so go for it.

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Undergrads are usually more than welcome to present at grad student conferences. In fact, a few of the conferences I presented at were organized by grad students (mostly intended for grad students, but they welcomed undergrad presenters as well). I also know some undergrads who have presented at professional conferences, so it's usually not a big deal.

 

Besides, if you're talking about the conference that I'm thinking about (Gender Studies, I believe?), I think they encourage both grad and undergrad students to apply, so go for it.

 

 I'm looking at the "At Face Value: Re-thinking Surfaces" one  put on by UCLA's Friends of English. Well, that and a special session panel on writing beyond regionalisms in Northeastern North America at MLA 2014, but that's a reach haha. Even better fit, but it's MLA. I definitely will apply to both though and see how it goes (and report back of course)! Thanks for the encouragement, Gauche  :)

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You never know until you try. I'm planning to submit to PAMLA for fall 2013 even though (I hope to be) a first year grad student by that time. If you want to make sure you have the best chance possible of getting your abstract(s) accepted, let some professors and/or tutors in the Writing Center take a look and give you some feedback. Best of luck to you!

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Can anyone explain how to write an abstract, or direct me to websites that explain the rules? I'm pretty clueless in this department.

 

What do you want to know? I stress abstracts in my comp classes because no one even mentioned them to me once I got to grad school, so I was really clueless. But, I've written a lot of them, and, for all intensive purposes, I'm pretty good at it. 

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What do you want to know? I stress abstracts in my comp classes because no one even mentioned them to me once I got to grad school, so I was really clueless. But, I've written a lot of them, and, for all intensive purposes, I'm pretty good at it. 

Intents and purposes, you mean?  Unless you're only good at writing abstracts when the purpose is intensive... :angry: see that... intense face!

 

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