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Abstract Submission

Abstracts for the 2021 SOURCE event will be accepted starting in late February and must be submitted by Friday, April 9th at 5pm. 

Other dates to be aware of:

  • Presentation webinars will occur in April to help you record your presentation.

  • Presentations will be submitted online by April 30th. 

  • SOURCE 2021 presentations will be viewable by Central during the SOURCE event, May 16th - May 22nd, 2021.


Click here to see Sample Abstracts for SOURCE


If you do not see your major Department/Program on the list, please list "Other" and fill in the area below. If you have more than one major, please select the one most related to the project you are presenting.
If you do not see your Department/Program on the above list, type it here.
When do you anticipate graduating with your current degree plan?
If you select 'no', please type N/A in the box below.
Please include names of all student authors, including their email and student ID, as seen in this example: Student Name - Student Email - Student ID number
Primary Faculty or Staff Mentor
If you do not see your mentor's Department/Program on the list, please select "Other" and fill in their area below
If you do not see your mentor's Department/Program on the above list, type it here.

Please double-check that your mentor's email address is entered correctly. Your mentor will be sent an email to approve your abstract. If the email address you enter here is incorrect, your abstract submission will fail because your mentor will not receive the message to approve your abstract.

Project Information
If you do not see the appropriate subject area, please enter it above.
Your abstract will later be published on Scholarworks. If you would not like to have your abstract published, please email

Must be 250 words or less. The abstract should be one paragraph. You may copy and paste from a word document or enter the text directly in the box above.

List 3 keywords that reflect important concepts or topics in your presentation. Capitalize the keywords and separate them with commas. PLEASE NOTE: Along with those 3 keywords, add the words "academic service learning", "diversity," or "sustainability" if they apply to your presentation.

Descriptions regarding the different presentations formats can be found here.

Experience details
Tell us about your experience doing the work that you are going to present.
Where did you primarily do the work for the project being presented?
When did you primarily do the work for the project being presented?
Did this project involve a study abroad or international experience?
Did this project involve academic service learning?
Research approvals
Tell us about any human subject or animal approvals related to the research you will be presenting.
Did the research involve people as subjects? (surveys, experiments, etc.)
If yes, the research must have been approved by the Human Subjects Review Council (HSRC). If you have not yet received approval, contact Sandra Martinez at x3115. This is the responsibility of the student research and mentors.
Did this research involve vertebrate animals as subjects? (experiments, etc.)
If yes, the research must have been approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. If you have not yet received approval contact Jason Irwin at x2884. This is the responsibility of the student researchers and mentors and is only required for vertebrate animals.
Supporting Students

Central Washington University is committed to creating a learning environment that meets the needs of its diverse student body. If you anticipate or experience any barriers to learning, discuss your concerns with the OUR office,

Students with disabilities should contact Disability Services to discuss a range of options to removing barriers, including accomodations. If you are seeking accomodations for SOURCE, there is the option of temporary registration through Disability Services. Call (509) 963-2214 or email for more information.

Support Requests

Given the SOURCE goal to support all students in presenting their work, are there any special requests that you have for these presentations? 

Award Nomination

SOURCE supports several awards for student and mentor work

  • Student presentation awards - these will be awarded after faculty and community judges provide feedback to presentations during the week of SOURCE.
  • Faculty mentor awards - details below
  • Library reSOURCE awards - details below

Interested in nominating your mentor for an award?

Any student may nominate their mentor for the Mentor of the Year award, sponsored by the United Faculty of Central. Check "Yes" if you wish to nominate your primary mentor, and we will follow up with you. Just checking the box is not enough: You will be sent an email reminder after SOURCE submissions close with more information asking you to submit a 500-word nomination essay.

NOTE: Checking "yes" does not complete the nomination process. We will follow up to request the 500-word essay, so please start working on it now, so that it is ready when we request it. This will be after your abstract submission has been approved by your mentor and our department.

Interested in nominating yourself for an award?

CWU Libraries and the Friends of the Brooks Library will award up to four SOURCE projects the reSOURCE award for outstanding use of library resources in your project. This includes books, journals, Archives & Special Collections, databases, library equipment, and even our programs and spaces!  The library faculty and staff themselves are resources in your research journey.  See for all that the CWU Libraries have to offer. If you apply, you will be asked to write a brief essay, less than 250 words, on how you used the library and/or its resources in your work.  A library committee will select the winners and each of the four awardees will receive $100.

Would you like to be considered for the Library reSOURCE award? If you select yes, you will be contacted after SOURCE abstract submissions close given a timeline of when to submit your essay.

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