How to Submit an Abstract

The CURO Symposium site allows you to create/edit an application, identify your research mentor, submit your abstract and, if you wish, submit a best paper for award consideration. Please follow the steps below:

1. Prepare

Discuss the title and abstract with your mentor and co-applicants. You should not submit your abstract to the CURO Symposium website unless you already have the approval of your mentor and co-applicants. Doing so will ensure the approval of your mentor when we send them your abstract for approval confirmation.

Gather the UGA email addresses for your mentor and co-applicants (if any). 

2. Log In

Select the “Submit Your Abstract” link from the left sidebar. Click “Student Login Page”.

Log in using your MyID and password. This will take you to your applicant home page

Review the submission requirements. Click “Begin your Application”.

3. Identify Your Mentor

Follow the instructions to search the Symposium mentor list and select your mentor.

If you cannot find your mentor, please click “Request a Mentor” to have your mentor added to the list (please allow 1-2 days for processing). You will need to provide CURO with your mentor’s name, department, and “” email address.

PLEASE NOTE: You can save, but cannot officially submit your application until you have a faculty mentor listed.

4. Begin Your Application

After selecting or requesting a mentor, you will be taken to a blank application. The application has a number of fields, many of which are required. Please carefully review all instructions and complete the application.

5. Adding the Abstract

Title: All titles must be submitted in MLA format. See Formatting Titles of Texts in MLA Style for reference. The most important rule to remember is that you should capitalize all principal words, but not the articles, coordinating conjunctions, or prepositions.

Abstract: You must either type or copy/paste an abstract into the application. If your abstract contains special characters, symbols, or italics (and only if your abstract contains special characters, symbols, or italics), you must also upload a copy of the abstract and highlight in yellow all the special characters, symbols, or italics. Do NOT upload your abstract if you do not have special characters of symbols. Abstracts are limited to 250 words, should be one single paragraph, and must be free of spelling and grammatical errors. 

6. Save Your Application, and Then Submit It

You must save the application before you can submit it. Click “Save” at the bottom of the application screen. You’ll be redirected to your applicant home page.

If you see a Submit button for the application and you are certain that you have no further changes, click “Submit”.

If you only see “Continue” and “Cancel” buttons for the application, and a message says, “You must finish your application before it can be submitted for faculty approval,” it may mean that you have not yet entered a faculty research mentor for the application because your mentor was not yet in our database. Make sure you complete a "Mentor Request." Watch for an e-mail from CURO confirming your mentor has been added to the list. After receiving that e-mail you may update your application, re-save it, and submit for approval.

Remember, the abstract submission deadline is February 18, 2021.

7. After Submitting Your Application

Your applicant home page always displays the latest status of your applications, including the status of your mentor's approval.

You will receive an email confirming your successful submission. Submitting will also trigger an email to your faculty mentor, who will be asked to review and approve or decline your abstract. Remember, you should have checked with your mentor and have their approval before submitting your abstract.

You will be notified via email of faculty approval or decline. If your abstract is declined, you will have a brief window during which you can revise and re-submit your application for a second review. Abstracts declined a second time will not be accepted.

8. Apply for Best Paper

You can submit your application before you submit a best paper. The deadline for Best Paper submission is February 25, 2021. If you have a submission for best paper, please follow the prompts on your applicant home page. If not, log off using the menu item at the upper right.

9. Questions? Problems?

Please send an e-mail to if you encounter difficulties.