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The 2020 DMU Research Symposium is going virtual! All students and faculty are encouraged to develop research projects to be presented at the Symposium. Awards will be given to the winning presenting author(s) (students and residents only) with the best quality poster and oral presentation.
Important Dates (Please note dates as they are earlier than in past years)
- Abstract submission: Sunday, November 1
- Notification of oral and poster presentations: Monday, November 2
- Poster and oral presentation recording submission to the DMU Office of Research: Friday, November 13
This year's poster presentations will be pre-recorded and available for viewing online. Those chosen to present a poster will be asked to submit a digital copy of their poster and a 2-3 minute “elevator talk” about their project to the DMU Office of Research by Friday, November 13. Presenters will be judged on both the poster and their talk.
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. Prizes will be awarded to the winning presenting author(s) (students, residents, and postdocs only).
Poster presenters will receive additional poster guidelines when notified of presentation acceptance.
Posters will be available online starting Tuesday, December 1 for viewing and judging in advance of the DMU Research Symposium. There will also be poster viewing and discussion breakout sessions during the event. This will allow participants to discuss topic areas with poster presenters and other attendees.
Lightning Oral Presentations
Six students will be selected to give a brief five minute lightning talk. Lightning talks are limited to a maximum of eight slides, including introduction, background, methods, conclusions, references, and acknowledgements. Please note: lightning talk presenters are NOT required to present a poster, but may choose to do so.
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 specified time limit.
All abstracts will be published in the DMU Research Symposium 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 sentence casing (only first word and proper nouns capitalized).
- 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.
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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?
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Have questions regarding the DMU Research Symposium? If your question isn’t answered, please contact DMU CME at email@example.com or 515-271-1596.
As a reminder, the deadline to submit your digital poster and recording is Friday, November 13. Presenters will receive additional poster guidelines when notified of abstract acceptance.