This summer, H3S is hosting a fun student competition! If you thought writing an abstract for the AGU Fall Meeting was hard, try to rewrite that abstract, or any of your work, using only the top ten hundred (1,000) most used words in the english language. Prizes for the top voted abstracts include a free AGU Fall Meeting registration or 2022 AGU membership!
You can use this dictionary to see what words you can use or this website to craft your submission. The submissions will be judged using the following criteria: Conveys the research idea in a way that is scientifically sound, uses creative ways to get around difficult words, is engaging to a general audience, and conveys significance of the research.
Here are some specifics about the competition:
WHO: Open to any undergraduate or graduate student in a hydrology related discipline
WHAT: Describe your research and its importance using the ten hundred most common words
WHEN: All submissions are due August 31. Winners will be announced in early September
WHERE: You can find the submission form here.
WHY: Because it is fun and there are prizes. 1st Place: Free AGU Fall Meeting registration, 2nd and 3rd Place: Free AGU Membership for next year
HOW: Use this dictionary or website to make sure you used only the top ten hundred words and please follow AGU abstract guidelines: 300 characters for the title, and 2000 characters for abstract. If you want to share on social media please use the hashtag #UpGoYourResearch
We couldn’t let you have all the fun, so here is an H3S member’s abstract* in plain language:
Understanding water-way numbers now and in a warming world
Computers show that cold ground on the top of the world will warm, rain will change, and water-ways could have more or less water as the world warms. Changing water-ways are already hurting people in the largest state in the US. However, there are almost no studies on the changes that are happening to these water-ways now and what are the causes of these changes. This study looked at the water-ways through time and saw if they would go up with more rain/hard rain and/or warmer or colder years. Then a computer was used to show a water-way today and in many years from now. This showed that low water numbers get bigger during cold times of the year, ice covers the water-way for less time, and everything becomes less normal. In many years from now, these changes will only get worse. More water will go into the ground, there will be more rain in the cold times of the year, and the water-ways will have more water every month of the year. This could cause many problems for the people living near the water-way. Water animals that people use for food will find other places to live and the ice that people use to move around in the cold months will be less safe.
*Note: H3S members are not allowed to compete in this competition.