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An abstract is a short statement about your project designed to give the reader a complete, yet concise, understanding of your project. It is usually only one paragraph long.



  • What is the best way to summarise your project? Aim for a single, concise phrase that indicates both the content and context of your work.
  • Tip: Look through a relevant publication for examples of the style used within your particular discipline

Background and Problem:

  • Why is your topic important / significant?
  • What is the problem you're trying to solve?
  • What is the history of this problem?


  • Specifically, what are you trying to achieve in your research project?


  • What approach / study design did you take in your project?
  • What were the procedures you carried out? Include measurement and data analysis techniques.


  • What were the results of your methods? What did you learn?


  • What implications do your results have for the field of research and/or practice?
  • What conclusions have you come to about your topic?


Example 1: 

Title: Homogeneous Intrinsic Neuronal Excitability Induces Overfitting to Sensory Noise: A Robot Model of Neurodevelopmental Disorder
Authors:   Hayato Idei, Shingo Murata, Yuichi Yamashita & Tetsuya Ogata

Example 2:

Title: Producing Radiologist-Quality Reports for Interpretable Deep Learning
Authors:  W. Gale, L. Oakden-Rayner, G. Carneiro, L. J. Palmer & A.P. Bradley

Subjects: Architecture and built environment, Engineering / Aerospace engineering, Engineering / Chemical process engineering, Engineering / Civil engineering, Engineering / Computer and software systems engineering, Engineering / Electrical engineering, Engineering / Mechanical engineering, Engineering / Mechatronics engineering, Engineering / Medical engineering
Tags: Engineering Research, Engineering VRES, QUT VRES, Vacation Research Experience Scheme, VRES