Mentored Student Research Program

Des Moines, IA US
July 20, 2018

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 13 at 12 pm

Submit your abstract. CLOSED
View an abstract example. 

  • Notification of oral presentations: Friday, July 13 at 5 pm
  • Poster submission to the DMU print shop: Tuesday, July 17 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 ViewingSEC Square
9 amWelcome
Jeffrey Gray, PhD
Vice President of Research and Global Initiatives, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Des Moines University
SEC Auditorium
9:15 am

Keynote Address: Pathways to Discovery 

  • Imagine a possible pathway to discovery for their future professional growth. 
  • Frame or re-frame their understanding about the (linear or non-linear) nature of professional advancement.
  • Discuss and validate how collaboration and relationship building could foster pathways to discovery in research, education, clinical practice and administration. 
10:15 amPoster ViewingSEC Square
10:45 am

The Long Road to Success: Making EL4 Lymphoma Cells Luminesce
Kelsey Hupp, DO'21

Mentor: Elitsa Ananieva-Stoyanova, PhD

SEC Auditorium
11 am

Mathematical Analysis of Linearity Between Ventilation and Renal Blood Flow in Experimental Heart Failure
Amin Gosla, DO'21

Mentor: Noah Marcus, PhD

11:15 amGroup Picture
11:30 amPoster ViewingSEC Square
12:20 pmLunchSEC Auditorium
12:30 pm

Estrogen Regulates Leptin Induced Hypertension Through the SOCS3 Signaling Cascade
Harikrishna Halaharvi, DO'21

Mentor: Maria Barnes, PhD

12:45 pm

ERK1/2 Activation is Required for C1q-Dependent Enhancement of Phagocytosis
Emily Willmann, DO'22

Mentor: Suzanne Bohlson, PhD

1 pmAdjourn 

Keynote Speaker

Ralitsa Akins, MD, PhD
Provost, Des Moines University

Dr. Ralitsa Akins holds an MD degree from the Medical University in Varna, Bulgaria, where she also served as a staff surgeon and assistant professor in family medicine. In the United States she built her career as an educator and administrator. She earned her PhD in educational administration from Texas A&M University. Later, she joined the faculty, progressing through the ranks to Professor, and served as the associate director of the Advanced Teaching and Assessment in Clinical Simulation at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, as the associate dean for academic affairs at SUNY Upstate clinical campus in Binghamton, and most recently was with Washington State University as the Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs at the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. This May, Dr. Akins joined DMU as our Provost. She is very excited to be a part of the DMU family and dedicated to fostering the growth of future health care professionals.  

Relevant to the content of this CME activity, Dr. Akins indicated she has no financial relationships with commercial interest companies to disclose.

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.

    View an 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.
    • Students with an odd numbered poster will present from 10:15 - 10:45 am. Students with an even numbered poster will present from 11:30 am - 12 pm. 
    • 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 31, 2018.

    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? 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 1­A
      • 3.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
      • 3.00 CPME
      Course opens: 
      Course expires: 
      Event starts: 
      07/20/2018 - 8:30am CDT
      Event ends: 
      07/20/2018 - 1:00pm CDT
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      United States
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      Continuing Education Credit

      • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this program for a maximum of 3.0 AOA Category 1-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
      • 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.
      • Other: This live activity is designated for 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

      Educational Grants

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


      Everyone in a position to control the content of this educational activity will disclose to the CME provider and to attendees all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. They will also disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. Firms providing financial support did not have input in these areas. The information provided at this CME activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

      Available Credit

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


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