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 preferred presentation format with your mentor and co-applicants. Please note there are caps on the number of presentations in each format. If the cap on your chosen format has been reached you will receive a notification when submitting your application. 

Gather the UGA email addresses for your mentor and any co-applicants. Addresses ending in “” are preferred.

If you have co-applicants, make sure to discuss your availability to present. All scheduling will be based on the availability given by the main applicant.

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.

Abstract: You must either type or copy/paste an abstract into the application. If your abstract contains special characters or symbols, you must also upload a copy of the abstract. Abstracts are limited to 250 words 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 for review by your mentor. 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”, you have not yet entered a faculty research mentor for the application. 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.

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. 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, or vice versa. 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.