Preparing an Abstract
Abstract submission closes on November 15, 2011 at midnight MST.
Students please note: student presenters must submit abstracts using their own e-mail address. Do not use your campus coordinator or faculty mentor's email to submit an abstract.
You cannot edit your abstract after it is submitted. Proofread your abstract carefully!
• Complete all required fields on the online submission form before submitting an abstract.
• Only the primary presenter needs to submit an abstract. Only one abstract should be submitted for each presentation.
• Abstracts are usually 250-300 words long. They should be no more than 450 words in length.
• We recommend that you print the abstract submission form and have all of the necessary information available before entering the information online.
• Communications regarding your abstract submission will come from NCUR2012@weber.edu. If you do not receive an automatic email notification after submitting your abstract, please check to make sure that NCUR2012@weber.edu has not been marked as spam by your email system.
• State, in clear terms, the central research question and the purpose of the research.
• Provide a brief discussion of the research methodology.
• State conclusions, either final or anticipated.
• Be well organized.
All abstracts will undergo a rigorous review by a panel of faculty reviewers. Abstract reviewers will evaluation submissions based on the criteria listed above and will assess overall merit within the context of the specific academic discipline.
There is a limit of two abstracts submitted per primary researcher.
Abstracts should observe the following:
• Complete the abstract using appropriate upper and lower case letters.
• The title will appear in the program exactly as you type it, so check your spelling.
• Enter first name, middle initial and last name of author and co-authors.
• Enter faculty mentor in parentheses.
• Enter the department and institution where the research was conducted.
It is a good idea to work on your abstract with your mentor's participation ahead of the actual submission process. That way you can simply cut and paste it into the abstract body text box when you get to that step. It is difficult to generate the optimal abstract in real-time during the submission process.
Pertussis Immunity in a Sample Population of Pregnant Women
Name of author(s), (Faculty Mentor), Department, Institution and Institutional Address:
Dana L. Heiner, Rachel Bown (Kara Hansen-Suchy) Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences, Weber State University, Ogden, Utah 84408
Recent outbreaks of pertussis, more commonly known as whooping cough, and a steady increase of nationwide reported cases, have brought attention to a once common childhood disease. Prior studies have demonstrated that mothers with immunity to pertussis will transfer a comparable amount of immunity to their newborns, giving them some protection until immunizations can begin. In consideration of this, it is important to determine if pregnant women have detectable levels of immunity to Bordetella pertussis. Blood samples were taken from ninety-four pregnant women, age twenty-five and older, to measure their levels of IgG to the pertussis antigen. Participants were also given a short survey regarding their pertussis immunization history. The testing was performed using an ELISA method specific for the pertussis IgG antibody. Only forty-five percent of the participants tested positive for the antibody, which was much lower than expected. In addition, a high percentage of the participants could not recall when they had last received a pertussis vaccination. These results suggest a need for public awareness and education about pertussis and the options for vaccination. This is crucial in preventing the spread of pertussis, not only for the general public, but particularly for mothers and their newborn children.
NCUR 2012 will accept abstract submissions in the following subject areas:
• African American Studies
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