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The Fair Way

Welcome to the Fair Way, your partner in Brevard County science research! Evans Library has assembled information, resources, and instructions to help you write the parts of your research plan.

Writing the Abstract

The high tunnel produces amazing tomatoes.

Jones, C. (2005). Unique, genetically diverse wild tomatoes such as this Lycopersicon chilense from Chile are now preserved at a California genebank. 

The abstract is a one-page summary of your project which should include:

  • 1-3 sentences that explain your significance and background
  • Your hypothesis
  • 1-3 sentences that explain your procedure. Write in past tense.
  • Your results written out. MEANS ONLY. Statistical interpretations.
  • Your entire conclusion (as long as it is not too long)

All of this should be no more than 250 words.

Here is an example:

This project is significant because it could help foster a better understanding of horticulture and farming. By determining the effects of fertilizer on tomato plants we come closer to helping provide more successful farming techniques. In the future this could lead to better production of food products.

In this project, 40 tomato plants were put into 4 groups. 10 plants were placed in each group. One group received 10 grams of fertilizer to each plant, another group received 20 grams each, and 30 grams were given to a final group. Also a control group of 10 tomato plants were given no fertilizer.

The data did support the research hypothesis and the research hypothesis was accepted. The tomato plants that received 30 grams of fertilizer produced the tomatoes with the highest mass with a mean of 30 kg. It is concluded that tomato plants will produce significantly more massive tomatoes when given 30 grams of fertilizer as compared to those that receive 0, 10, and 20 grams of fertilizer.