- ab•stract \ n. a brief statement of the essential content of a book, article, speech, court record, etc.; summary.
- pro•po•sal \ n. a statement, theorem, etc. set forth for argument, demonstration, proof, etc.; refers to a plan, offer, etc. presented for acceptance or rejection
- pro•spec•tus \ n. a statement outlining the main features of a new work
Whether we call it an abstract, proposal or prospectus, each of the above definitions from Webster’s New World College Dictionary give some clues as to what the statement should entail: brevity, a plan, and an outline of the key features of the senior thesis.