Mentored Student Research Program

Des Moines, IA US
July 18, 2016

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

  • Abstract submission: Monday, July 11 at 12 pm

CLOSED - Submit your abstract.
View an abstract example. 

  • Notification of oral presentations: Monday, July 11 by 5 pm
  • Poster submission to the DMU print shop: Wednesday, July 13 by 3 pm

Download the print shop order form.

Quick Links

CLOSED - Submit Your AbstractKeynote SpeakerAbstract GuidelinesOral Presentations
Poster PresentationsPoster PowerPoint TemplatesIRB or IACUC ApprovalFrequently Asked Questions


The agenda will be updated as additional details become available.

8:30 amRegistration, Breakfast, and Poster Viewing
9 amWelcome
Jeffrey Gray, PhD
Vice President for Research, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Des Moines University
9:15 am

Keynote Address: Advancing Cancer Therapy by Manipulating Metabolic Oxidative Stress
Bryan G. Allen, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

  • Define oxidative stress.
  • Describe anti-oxidants and pro-oxidants.
  • Describe how therapies that manipulate metabolic oxidative stress may enhance cancer therapy.
  • Describe the process of translating a therapy from the bench to the bed side.
10:15 amPoster Viewing
10:45 amHallux Abducto Valgus Outcomes Longitudinal Project
Rachel Ellen Egdorf, DPM'19
11 amA Comparative Genetic Analysis of the Leucine Degrading Enzymes in T Lymphocytes and EL-4 Lymphoma Cells
Michelle Brenner, DO'19
11:15 amGroup Picture
11:30 amPoster Viewing
12 pmLunch and Poster Viewing
12:30 pmContribution of Sleep Related Deaths to Infant Mortality in Iowa: An Opportunity for Improvement
Kelsey Coy, DO'20
12:45 pmSensitization-Induced Modification of RAAS Components in Kidneys of Rats
Cara Cahalan, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
1 pmAdjourn

Keynote Speaker

Bryan G. Allen, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

  • BS, Major in Biology; Minor in Chemistry, University of Utah
  • MD, Medicine, University of Iowa
  • PhD, Biochemistry, University of Iowa 
  • Internship, University of Iowa
  • Residency, University of Iowa


Dr. Allen indicated he has no financial relationships to disclose relevant to the content of this CME activity.

Abstract Guidelines

CLOSED - Submit your abstract.
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 inch on all sides
  • 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 names of the author(s) presenting the work.

Abstract Example

Writing Tips

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 PRESENTING 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 you will be responsible for bringing an adaptor. 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 displayed during the closing program. If the work is co-authored, only the PRESENTING 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 8 am and removed by 1:30 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 July 29, 2016.

Printing Guidelines


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.

Dress Code

Business casual.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

    Course summary
    Available credit: 
    • 3.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
    • 2.00 AOA Category 2­A
    • 1.00 AOA Category 2­B
    • 3.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
    • 3.00 CPME
    Course opens: 
    Course expires: 
    Event starts: 
    07/18/2016 - 8:30am CDT
    Event ends: 
    07/18/2016 - 1:00pm CDT
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    3200 Grand Avenue
    Student Education Center Auditorium
    Des Moines, IA 50312
    United States

    Continuing Education Credit

    • DPM: Des Moines University (DMU) is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education as a provider of continuing education in podiatric medicine. DMU has approved this live activity for a maximum of 3.0 continuing education contact hour(s).
    • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians.DMU designates this live activity for 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
    • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and approves this live activity for 2.0 AOA Category 2-A CME credit(s) and 1.0 AOA Category 2-B CME credit(s).
    • Other: This live activity is designated for 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

    Educational Grants

    No commercial interest provided financial support for this continuing education activity.

    Available Credit

    • 3.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
    • 2.00 AOA Category 2­A
    • 1.00 AOA Category 2­B
    • 3.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
    • 3.00 CPME


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