Mentored Student Research Program

Des Moines, IA US
July 17, 2015

Research is vital and at DMU students are vital to research.

Contributions from students are vital in helping move campus research forward. The Mentored Student Research Program is an excellent opportunity for students to highlight their research findings. We’re excited to offer both oral and poster presentations and all summer research students are invited to participate. Students may present on any topic or experience related to research.

Registration and Abstract Submission


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Abstract Submission

CLOSED - CLICK HERE to upload your abstract. 

Important Deadlines

  • Abstract submission deadline: Friday, July 10 at 12 pm
  • Oral presentation decisions disseminated to students: Friday, July 10 by 5 pm
  • Posters submitted to print shop and proofs signed: Tuesday, July 14 by 3 pm


The agenda will be updated as additional details become available.

TimePresentation and Speaker
8:30 amRegistration
9 amWelcome
Jeffrey Gray, PhD
Vice President for Research, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
Des Moines University
9:15 amPoster Viewing
9:45 amThe Role of Patient Expectations in Plantar Heel Pain Treatment Outcomes
Ellen Barton and Shane McClinton
10 amComparing State Rankings of Health: An Analysis of Agreement between Measures of Population Health and Wellbeing
Elizabeth Kunjummen, Pamela A. Duffy, Simon Geletta
10:15 am

Keynote Address - Treating the High Risk Limb: A Marriage of Team, Technology and Tenacity
David G. Armstrong, DPM, MD, PhD
Director, Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA)
Professor of Surgery, The University of Arizona

  1. Identify risk factors for ulceration
  2. Identify risk factors for amputation
  3. Understand the impact of diabetes on the health care system
  4. Understand the impact of diabetic foot complications on the health care system
11:15 amGroup Picture
11:30 amPoster Viewing
12 pmLunch
1 pmRapamycin Inhibits the Protein Expression of the Cytosolic Branched Chain Aminotransferase (BCATc) in Lymphoma Cells
Ashley Torres and Elitsa Ananieva
1:15 pmMycobacterium avium Utilizes C1q for Engulfment into Macrophages and for Down Regulation of TNF-α Production
Blair Tilkens and Suzanne Bohlson
1:30 pmAdjourn

Abstract Guidelines

The deadline to register your poster and submit your abstract is 12 pm on Friday, July 10. Oral presenters will be contacted by 5 pm on July 10.

CLOSED - CLICK HERE to upload your abstract.                  CLICK HERE to view an abstract example. 

Abstract categories include:

  • Biomedical Science
  • Education
  • Movement Science
  • Public Health

All abstracts will be published in the meeting program. Please submit your abstract according to the following guidelines:

  • Format: Microsoft Word format
  • Font: Arial, 11 point
  • Margins: 1.25″ left border. 1″ remaining borders
  • Spacing: Single-spaced
  • Justification: Left
  • Abstract body length: No more than 250 words
  • Type the title first, using title casing.
  • Capitalize the first letter of each word except prepositions, articles and species names. Italicize scientific names of organisms.
  • List all authors, institutional affiliations and short addresses (city and state only).
  • Bold the author delivering the paper.

Consider the following questions when preparing your abstract:

  • Does the abstract clearly state the aim of the project (i.e. a research question, theoretical issue, or problem)?
  • Is the significance of work clearly stated?
  • If relevant, are the methods, data collection, and analysis procedures well-designed and appropriate to the question addressed?
  • Are the conclusions justified in relation to the data and/or analysis/description?
  • Is the abstract written clearly and organized well?

Oral and Poster Presentations

Students will have the opportunity to discuss their research through oral or poster presentations. Most students do not complete an entire research project during the summer, but rather work on a portion of a larger study. When thinking about doing an oral or poster presentation, it is perfectly acceptable to focus the student’s presentation on hypotheses and methodology in the absence of conclusive results. It is ideal if you begin discussing with your student early in the summer about what they can present.

Oral Presentations

Students may apply to be selected to be included in the student keynote portion of the closing program. Four students will be chosen to give an oral presentation involving 12 minutes to speak and 3 minutes for audience questions about the research they conducted throughout the summer.

If the work is co-authored, only the first author will submit on behalf of all co-authors. The names of all co-authors must be listed in the submission form. For work with multiple authors, the authors can decide among themselves their various roles in presenting within the 12 minute limit.

A moderator keeps track of your presentation time and may also facilitate the discussion. Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 will be used to project slides. Please make sure your presentation is compatible with this program. If you prefer to use a MAC computer or have video files, arrangements must be made prior to the program and you will be responsible for bringing an adaptor. Please contact DMU CME at or 515-271-1596. Presentation and video files should be stored on USB drives.


Poster Presentations

Students who are not doing an oral presentation must present a poster to showcase their work over the summer. The posters will be hung in the MEC during the closing program. If the work is co-authored, only the first author will submit on behalf of all co-authors. The names of all co-authors must be listed in the submission form.

  • Materials to hang your poster will be available onsite.
  • Posters are displayed throughout the day. Please do not remove your poster until the end of the day’s activities.
  • Posters must be hung by 9 am and removed by 3:30 pm. If you’re able, please hang your poster as early as possible as we encourage people to view them the entire day.
  • Prepare and practice a short summary speech—no more than 3 minutes—about your project. This is an excellent networking opportunity, so it is important to speak and interact professionally.
  • Any remaining posters will be kept in the CME office (AC #430) until August 14, 2015.

Printing Guidelines

  • Optional:  Click here to choose from six DMU approved research templates.
  • Student research/presentation posters do not need Marketing’s approval unless the DMU logo is used. Any poster that does not use the DMU logo or was not a pre-approved template created by the Marketing and Communications department, does not need to be reviewed by Marketing.
  • DMU Faculty: Faculty members are not required to send any research or presentation poster to Marketing and Communications for review. If the DMU logo is used, the Print Shop will ensure the logo prints correctly.If you choose to not use one of the templates, it must be reviewed by marketing. Email the file to for approval. Please allow at least four hours.
  • Please print in seminar presentation size 42” x 54.35” (non-matted and non-laminated).
  • The account number to use for printing costs is 110-4500-56815.
  • Posters will need to be submitted to the print shop and proofs signed by Tuesday, July 14 at 3 pm.
  • The poster will not be reviewed for academic content.
  • Posters must be printed at the DMU print shop and emailed to
  • Students are not provided with a color proof of their poster prior to printing. If you would like a proof of your poster, a color printer is available at the Help Desk.

MSRP Poster PSOF Template 2015.pdf

  • For poster printing questions, please contact the print shop at 515-271-1402.


IRB or IACUC Approval

If your project involves human or animal research, you must have obtained IRB or IACUC approval, unless you are clearly presenting your work as a proposed project and make it clear that absolutely no research has yet been conducted. Posters involving such research should indicate an approval number or state that no research has been conducted. Anyone giving an oral presentation on a project involving human or animal research must have an IRB or IACUC approval. For questions, please contact the DMU Office of Research at 515-271-1445.

Keynote Speaker


David G. Armstrong, DPM, MD, PhD
Director, Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) 
Professor of Surgery, The University of Arizona

Dr. Armstrong is a Professor of Surgery at The University of Arizona, as well as the Director and Co-Founder of the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA). He received his DPM degree from California College of Podiatric Medicine, his Master of Science degree in Tissue Repair and Wound Healing from the University Of Wales College Of Medicine, and his PhD and MD from the University Of Manchester College Of Medicine, where he was appointed Visiting Professor of Medicine.

Dr. Armstrong has produced more than 400 peer-reviewed research papers in more than two dozen scholarly medical journals as well as over five dozen book chapters and is co-editor of the American Diabetes Association‘s(ADA) Clinical Care of the Diabetic Foot. Dr. Armstrong was selected as one of the first six International Wound Care Ambassadors and is the recipient of numerous awards by national and international medical organizations including the inaugural Georgetown Distinguished Award for Diabetic Limb Salvage.  In 2008, he was the 25th and youngest-ever member elected into the Podiatric Medicine Hall of Fame.  He is the 2010 and youngest-ever recipient of the ADA’s Roger Pecoraro Award, the highest award given in the field.

Dr. Armstrong sits on the Infectious Disease Society of America’s Diabetic Foot Infection Advisory Committee.  In 2011, he was appointed Chair of the World Diabetic Foot Commission of the FIP, representing clinicians from more than 30 nations.  Dr. Armstrong is also the founder and co-chair of the International Diabetic Foot Conference (DF-Con), the largest annual international symposium on the diabetic foot.

Dress Code

Business casual.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions regarding the Mentored Summer Research Program. Click here. If your question isn’t answered, please contact DMU CME at or 515-271-1596.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
07/17/2015 - 9:00am CDT
Event ends: 
07/17/2015 - 1:30pm CDT
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Olsen Center
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States

Available Credit

  • 2.00 CE Contact Hour(s)


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