Submit Abstract

Your abstract will be published in our Abstracts volume and on our website.



Abstract submission will open on 20 Feb 2017

Email for a link to the abstract submission page.

2017 Deadline

Friday March 10, 2016 - Abstract deadline.
That's only a few weeks before the start of the meeting; so you can present really current research if desired.

Key Info

Submissions will be accepted from:

  • CU-Boulder graduate and undergraduate students and faculty.
  • Boulder-area hydroscience researchers (ie USGS, NOAA, NCAR)

Review our abstract instructions before submitting.

See our tips on how to write an abstract

Undergraduates submitting poster abstracts: Please email the title of your poster following submission


Abstracts are being accepted from CU-Boulder graduate and undergraduate students as well as CU-Boulder faculty and Boulder-area hydroscience researchers (ie USGS, NOAA, and NCAR). The Symposium is open to all aspects of hydrologic sciences; interdisciplinary entries are particularly encouraged (e.g. hydrogeology, hydroecology, aquatic biology, biogeochemistry, environmental and water resource engineering, etc.).

The focus is on poster presentations but there are also a limited number of slots for talks. If we get too many talk submissions we will ask some people to switch to a poster.

The following departments have preference for the limited talk slots: Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering; Geography; Geology; Environmental Sciences; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

Submitting a poster or talk that you have already presented at another conference is fine, as long as it does not violate any agreement you made with the other conference. Making a presentation of a collaborative study for which you are not first author is fine too, as long as you made a substantial contribution and are familiar with all aspects of the study.

Abstract Instructions

Overall process

Write your abstract in any word processor. You will be cutting and pasting the abstract and other information, like author names, into several web forms. Because you will be pasting into these forms, do not bother using your word processor to make your abstract look like our example abstract as it will be re-formatted automatically anyway.

Your checklist

The six pieces of information you ought to assemble:

  1. Talk or Poster?. Decide which type of presentation you are requesting (there are limited slots for talks and we may ask a few folks to switch to posters).
  2. Author names should include full first names, last names, institutions, and emails (maximum of 8, if more than 8 you will list the 8th as et al.)
  3. Title should be less than 300 characters including spaces.
  4. Main Text should be less than 3000 characters, including spaces; You may need to submit less text if you have big figures; everything must fit within the 2-2.5 page limit. Paragraphs should be separated with a blank line (two carriage returns). Do not indent your paragraphs.
  5. References should be separated with a blank line (two carriage returns). Format as below:
    Kirk, J. T., 1999, Partial thermal correction of the high-latitude stratosphere of Earth: Journal of Interplanetary Change, v. 364, p. 10254-10271.
    Vader, D., 1996, Successful "global warming" of Earth's atmosphere through remote neutrino bombardment: Empire Research, v. 666, p. 87-99.
  6. Figures should have file endings of .gif, .jpg, or .png; Maximum file size of each image is 4Mb. No more than 3 separate images total.


The abstract limit is 3000 characters of main text including spaces (about 400 words), 700 characters including spaces for references, and up to 3 figures. Complex mathematical equations should be submitted as figures. All text and figures should fit within 2-2.5 pages (8.5 x 11 inch). If you have large figures you may have to submit less text.

References are encouraged, but optional

Please don't forget that you can cite specific studies and include full references at the end of your abstract.

Figures are encouraged, but optional

We particularly encourage participants to include up to 3 figures to illustrate their abstract. Figures might include data plots, data tables, maps, equations, or photographs (ie. fieldwork, labwork). All figures must be submitted in gif, jpg, or png image format (use .gif, .jpg, or .png file endings). If you have problems outputting to one of these formats, you may want to enlarge your figure and then use screen capture. When possible, figures should be at high resolution with the longest dimension at least 1000 pixels long (so printed version looks good).

Example abstract

See our example for a view of the text, references, and figures.

Presentation Instructions

Poster Size

Poster space is is 1.2 m high by 1.8 m wide.

Talk duration

Talk length will be announced shortly before the workshop. The length will depend on how many talks are submitted vs the number of slots available. Duration is likely to be between 12-15 minutes with a few more minutes for questions.

PowerPoint instructions

Speakers must transfer their PowerPoint files onto our computer during the social or during breaks. The most reliable method for transfer your file is Memory stick or CD. For your presentation, use common system fonts (Arial, Times New Roman, Courier, Symbol), or if on a PC, embed your fonts. You will not be able to use your laptop which may cause technical problems and interrupt the meeting.

Abstract Writing Tips

You don't need all the details. Make every word count, because you’ll be counting every word!

Points to consider before writing your abstract:
-What is the context for your research: Who/what/where and WHY is your research important?
-What is your take-home message: What are your results, and which results are the most important?

Skeleton abstract structure:
1. Context
2. Problem
3. What you did (not in too much detail!)
4. What you found
5. Significance

Other tips:
-Include numbers! Results are more meaningful if they’re quantified.
-Revise multiple times, and have several people proofread it for you for spelling/grammar, clarity, and content.
-Sentences should flow from one to the next: to facilitate this, use the OLD-NEW sentence structure, where old information is introduced first and then followed by new information.

TITLE: think about this as the bait! It should intrigue people enough to read your abstract, visit your poster, and speak with you about your research.


Theresa Denison (Centaurus High School), and Veronica Carrasco (Centaurus High School) pose with their science fair poster illustrating seasonal changes in the chemistry and redox state of dissolved organic matter, Nymph Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park. Their work was done under the mentorship of INSTAAR graduate student Rose Cory. Their project won several prizes in regional science fairs in spring 2004 including 1st place in the Earth and Space Science category at the Colorado-Wyoming Junior Academy of Science. They were invited to participate in the National Science Fair in Washington DC.


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