Mentored Student Research Program

Des Moines, IA US
July 21, 2017

MSRP 2017

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: Friday, July 14 at 12 pm

Submit your abstract. (CLOSED)
View an abstract example. 

  • Notification of oral presentations: Friday, July 14
  • Poster submission to the DMU print shop: Tuesday, July 18 by 3 pm

Download the print shop order form.

Quick Links

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 of Research and Global Initiatives, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Des Moines University
9:15 am

Keynote Address - It Takes a Village: A Translational Scientist's Journey

Alexandra J. Greenberg, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Center for Clinical and Translational Science, Mayo Clinic

  • Describe the role of team science in translational biomedical research
  • Distinguish between cross-, multi-, inter-, and trans-disciplinary research
  • Evaluate what types of research teams individuals can participate in
  • Consider how to grow into an inter- or trans-disciplinary research team
10:15 amPoster Viewing
10:45 amEvidence of Different Growth Strategies in Phytosaurs from the American Southwest
Robert Katz, Cooperstown Graduate Program
11 amThe Acinetobacter nosocomialis Strain M2 T6SS Effector Ase1 Degrades Peptidoglycan
James Dorosh, DO'20
11:15 amGroup Picture
11:30 amPoster Viewing
12 pmLunch and Poster Viewing
12:30 pmFood Insecurity in Iowa: A Predictive Modeling Approach
Christine Jackson, DO'20
12:45 pmMediterranean Diet Pattern in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis
Pooja Gottumukkala, DO'21
1 pmAdjourn

Keynote Speaker

Alexandra J. Greenberg, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Center for Clinical and Translational Science, Mayo Clinic


  • BA: Grinnell College
  • MPH: Quantitative Methods, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • PhD: Mayo Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship: Cancer Epidemiology, Mayo Clinic
  • Cancer Prevention Fellowship: Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch, Behavioral Research Program, and Outcomes Research Branch, Healthcare Delivery Research Program, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute

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

Abstract Guidelines

Submit your abstract. (CLOSED)
View an abstract example. 

Research abstracts must be submitted under one of the following categories:

    • Anatomy/Paleontology
    • Biomedical Science
    • Clinical 
    • 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 28, 2017.

    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
      • 3.00 AOA Category 2­A
      • 3.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
      • 3.00 CPME
      Course opens: 
      Course expires: 
      Event starts: 
      07/21/2017 - 8:30am CDT
      Event ends: 
      07/21/2017 - 1:00pm CDT
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      • 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
      • 3.00 AOA Category 2­A
      • 3.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
      • 3.00 CPME


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