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Getting Concrete about the Abstract: Tips for Writing Successful AAPOR Abstracts

Trent Buskirk, Scott Keeter, Jennifer Dykema and Mingnan Liu
Thursday, September 14, 2017
12:00 - 1:30 PM CDT/ 1:00 - 2:30 PM EDT/ 10:00 - 11:30 AM PDT

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About This Course:


Want to present your research at the 2018 AAPOR conference in Denver? If so, learn how to create a compelling abstract for your panel, paper or poster in this free professional development webinar. Presenters will include researchers at different stages of their careers, including the current and immediate past conference chairs. .


Learning Objectives:

  • Learn what elements to include and exclude in a winning abstract when you are limited to only 300 words.
  • Understand the different types of presentation options -- panel, full paper, methodological brief, and poster – and learn how to determine which is best for your research. .
  • Gain a better understanding of the review and selection process: Who are the reviewers? What are they looking for? How are abstracts selected? How are abstracts placed in sessions?

About the Instructors:

Trent D. Buskirk, PhD
received his Ph.D. in Statistics from Arizona State University with emphasis in Survey Sampling. Since that time Trent has developed specific expertise in Mobile and Smartphone Survey Designs and in the use of machine learning methods for developing sampling designs and adaptive survey protocols. Trent currently serves the Director of the Center for Survey Research and as a full professor in the Department of Management Science and Information Systems at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Prior to leading the Center for Survey Research, Trent was the Vice President of Statistics and Methodology at the Marketing Systems Group (MSG). Trent has also worked in research and development for the Nielsen Company and was an Associate Professor of Biostatistics at the Saint Louis University School of Public Health. His research and teaching interests include dual frame weighting for cell phone surveys, smartphone survey mode effects and applications of machine learning methods for survey design, data collection and weighting adjustment. Trent has also conducted research using both Probability-based and non-probablity based panels in the context of nonresponse bias adjustments, mode effect evaluation and coverage issues. Dr. Buskirk’s research has been published in leading survey, statistics and and health related journals such as Field Methods, Journal of Royal Statistical Society, Social Science Computer Review, Journal of Official Statistics, Preventative Medicine, Cancer, Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, Survey Methods: Insights from the Field and Methods, Data and Analysis, Public Opinion Quarterly and the Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology. Trent is currently the Past President of the Midwest Association for Public Opinion and the Associate Conference Chair of the American Association of Public Opinion Research.  
Scott Keeter
is senior survey advisor for the Pew Research Center in Washington, DC. He is a past president of the American Association for Public Opinion Research and the recipient of the AAPOR Award for Exceptionally Distinguished Achievement. Since 1980, he has been an election night analyst of exit polls for NBC News. Keeter’s published work includes books and articles on public opinion, political participation and civic engagement, religion and politics, American elections, and survey methodology. A native of North Carolina, he attended Davidson College as an undergraduate and received a Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has taught at George Mason University, Rutgers University and Virginia Commonwealth University.  
Jennifer Dykema
is Senior Scientist and Survey Methodologist at the University of Wisconsin Survey Center where she conducts research on questionnaire design, interviewer-respondent interaction, and methods to increase response rates. Her research has appeared in Public Opinion Quarterly, Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology, American Sociological Review, and edited volumes such as the Handbook of Survey Research. She has taught research methods at University of Wisconsin–Madison and the Summer Institute at the University of Michigan. In 2017, she was honored to serve as Conference Chair for AAPOR’s annual conference. She earned her B.A. in psychology and sociology from the University of Michigan, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  
Mingnan Liu
is a Quantitative Researcher at Facebook. Prior to that, he worked at SurveyMonkey as a Survey Scientist. His publication on survey research and methodology has appeared in journals including Public Opinion Quarterly, Computers in Human Behavior, Social Science Computer Review, Journal of Official Statistics, among others. He received his Ph.D. in Survey Methodology from the University of Michigan.