Frequently Asked Questions

To Submit Your Abstract Online

Go to the online abstract submission site.  The link is provided in the left hand Quick Links menu.  .

Are there character considerations when I prepare my abstract?

Please prepare your abstract with the Arial typeface in Microsoft Word following the instructions provided on the online submission site. Symbols (e.g., general punctuation; Latin and Greek characters; and logical, mathematical, general purpose, and currency symbols) associated with the Arial font will be retained. 

Are there formatting considerations when I prepare my abstract?

Yes, formatting is clearly described on the online submission site.  A template with examples and further detail is provided on the online submission site and must be followed. 

What are the judging guidelines for my presentation and/or abstract?

Please see the judging criteria by visiting our Scoring Criteria page.

What is the limit on the number of abstract submissions made by a primary author?

A student may only appear as the primary author on one abstract each for an oral presentation and a poster presentation. There is no limit on the number of co-authorships (i.e., or appearing as a contributor). The abstracts submitted for presentation and poster can not be the same abstract or rewritten for the same research project.

What is the limit on the number of abstracts accepted for oral presentations?

Time and space constrain the number accepted, which will be determined on the basis of original abstract submission time.

What is the limit on the number of abstracts accepted for poster presentations?

We havea limited number of spaces for poster presentations. Submissions will be accepted based upon the submission time of the abstract.

What is the deadline for abstract submission?

5:00pm CST on February 22, 2017.  

How much time is allotted for each oral presentation?

Approximately 15 minutes is generally allowed, however the exact amount of time is determined by number of presenters and space and scheduling allowance.  Times will be communicated to all presenters when scheduling assignements are made. 

How much board space is allotted for a poster?

You will have a 4' x 6' board for displaying your poster.

What is the word limit for abstracts?

The maximum is 250 words.  Abstracts that attempt to acceed 250 words will be truncated in event materials. 

Would you provide me with a sample of a well-written abstract?

Vpu is an 82 amino acid integral membrane protein encoded for by HIV 1 and SIVcpz and plays important role in their pathogenesis. Vpu localizes the in Golgi/ER complex and down modulates CD4 molecules via proteosome degradation pathway, and enhance virion release from the infected cells. We have generated a VPU/EGFP reporter system in which Vpu was fused with EGFP to decipher importance of amino acid residues on intra cellular localization and down regulation of CD4 molecules.

In present study 4 amino acids, positively charged glutamine at positions 66 and 70 and glycine at 68 and 72 in a helix II in the cytoplasmic domain were mutated to uncharged alanine by site directed mutagenesis to know their importance on intra cellular localization and CD4 down regulation. These plasmids were transfected in human 293 cells using a cationic polymer and visualized at 48 hours under fluorescence microscope. The mutants were also assayed for CD4 down regulation. We achieved high efficiency transfection and mutants were localized in golgi/ER compartments.

However, mutations did not result in altered intra cellular localization of VPU. We then transfected Hela CD4+ cells with mutants and stained for surface CD4 at 48 hours. We found that mutations did not influence CD4 down regulation. Taken together these results suggest that Glutamine at positions 66, 70 and glycine at positions 68, 72 have no impact on intra cellular localization and ability of VPU to down regulate surface CD4 molecules. Presence of charged residues and myristoylation of glycine is not required for CD4 down regulation.

Will I be allowed to use my personal computer for my oral presentation?

Only the computer assigned to each presentation room in Beller Conference Center in Hemenway will be used for oral presentations; no personal computers can be used.

I've read all of this material and still have questions. Who can answer them for me?

Please contact SRF (, or Matt Falk (  

Last modified: Feb 10, 2017