for the

2018 Graduate Student Research Conference

Imagine: Transforming Lives, Transforming Communities

Date: Fri., Oct. 12 – Sun., Oct. 14, 2018

You are invited to submit an abstract for a Poster or Paper Presentation


Paper Presentations (in-person or virtual): 15 minute presentation, followed by a 5 minute question period. 

Poster Presentations (in-person or virtual): will be displayed on boards (provided). Each presenter is to be available when scheduled to discuss his/her poster with conference participants. Posters can be presented virtually.


Abstract Submission is now closed

Notification of acceptance will be e-mailed to the submitter by July 15, 2018.

All presenters must register for the Conference by September 15, 2018.

If you do not register by this date, your abstract will be removed from the program.




  • Depending on which type of abstract you are submitting, please use the headings below to ensure you include the necessary information in the abstract.
  • Your abstract should be no more than 250 words as a Word document.
  • Go to the Abstract submission website https://openconf.athabascau.ca/
  • Complete the required fields.
  • Click ‘browse’ to find your Word file; copy and paste it in the “Abstract submission box. “
  • Once all the fields are completed, create your password. You will need this password when you want to re-enter the system to revise your abstract if recommended by the Peer Review Committee. Also remember your Submission ID number.

Formats for your Abstract Submission

Please follow the usual conventions of your discipline. For example, some disciplines generally require abstracts to be organized with headings, whereas other disciplines do not. If you are uncertain of the norms within your discipline, ask one of your supervisors or inquire with the conference organizers prior to submitting your abstract.

Select one of the formats depending upon the type of project you are describing in your abstract

  • Literature Review or Term Paper abstracts must address the following details:
    1. Title
    2. Rationale/Background
    3. Purpose
    4. Type of Literature Review
    5. Results
    6. Implications 
  • Primary Research abstracts must include the following details:
    1. Title
    2. Rationale/Background
    3. Research Questions
    4. Methodology
    5. Results/Findings
    6. Implications

                  Please indicate if the research is in progress.

  • Video/media project abstracts must include the following details:
    1. Title
    2. Rationale/Background
    3. Target audience
    4. Length of presentation
    5. Additional Audio/visual requirements (if any)

                  Please indicate if the project is in progress. 

  • Program and project initiative abstracts must include the following details:
    1. Title
    2. Rationale/Background
    3. Purpose
    4. Method of implementation
    5. Results
    6. Implications

                  Please indicate if the project is in progress.



  • Submitters may be asked to change their paper presentation to a poster if there are insufficient time slots available for paper presentations.
  • All abstracts will be peer reviewed by a committee and submitters will be notified by July 15, 2018.
  • You may be asked to revise your abstract. If so, you must complete the revisions before the abstract will be accepted.


Presenters are strongly encouraged to apply for funds to cover some of the costs to attend the conference.
Check the Funding Tab for more information on the available awards.

Refer to the attached document for instructions on formatting your abstract. Abstract Submission Instructions

Abstract Submission page can be found here.