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Welcome to the 2006 Western Regional Meeting Hosted by the Beta Lambda Chapter!

Visit the BAP National Website on the link below for Best Practices details!
http://www.bap.org/chaphand/bestpractice.htm


Best Practices Abstract Guidelines
2005-2006

All participants in the Western Regional Meeting Best Practices Competition must submit an abstract of their presentation to the host chapter (aalamir@calstatela.edu) and the Regional Director, Bill Wells, (wellsbil@u.washington.edu) no later than January 10th, 2006.

The abstract should be a summary of the most important aspects of your presentation. It should be submitted as a separate word document no longer than one page in length.

These abstracts will be reviewed by the judges in advance of the competition and will be one component of each team’s total score. They will be evaluated according to content as well as grammar.

Characteristics of an effective best practices presentation abstract:

1. Clearly indicates which topical category the presentation addresses
&middot Directly addresses a 2005-2006 best practice topic provided by the national office.

2. Draws the reader in
&middot Tells a story that makes the reader eager to hear the full presentation.

3. Topical coverage demonstrates originality of thought
&middot Explains how topical coverage is new and unique.

4. Discusses relevant and meaningful issues
&middot Addresses what effects the project had, or will have, on the community, chapter members, BAP, etc.

5. Material is arranged in logical sequence
&middot Ideas are well-organized and conveyed in a well-defined structure. This structure should include a clear title, introductory, body, and concluding sections.

6. Demonstrates clarity of thought
&middot Provides insightful ideas and clearly conveys the goal of your presentation.
&middot Provides concrete evidence to support your claims.

7. Conclusion is concrete, integrates and supports ideas contained in the abstract
&middot Summarize the underlying ideas and themes of your project to leave the reader with a clear idea of what your abstract was trying to convey.

8. Writing style conveys professionalism.
&middot Uses a professional writing style.

9. Abstract is free of mechanical errors (grammatical, spelling, etc.)
&middot Make sure the abstract is well edited and polished. Sentences and paragraphs flow from one section to the next.

10. Includes required content:
&middot An outline of the project
&middot Goals of the project
&middot Outcomes or expected outcomes if the project is yet to be completed at the time of the regional meeting
&middot Number of members participating in the project
&middot Description of non-member participants and their roles
&middot Member hours spent on project
&middot An assessment of the benefits to the chapter and others served by the project (i.e., lessons learned, etc.)
&middot A description of any copyrighted material to be used in the presentation.

Additional suggestions and tips for writing abstracts have been provided by the executive office at http://www.bap.org/rmguide/writing_chlst.htm.


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