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Mentored Student Research Program

Friday, July 18 at 9:00 AM
Des Moines University, Olsen Center, Des Moines, IA, 50312 Show Map


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.

Register Submit Abstract

Please note these important dates:

  • Abstract submission deadline: July 7 – Closed
  • Oral decisions disseminated to students: July 8
  • Posters submitted to print shop: July 15


9 am Registration and Poster Viewing
9:30 am Welcome
Jeffrey Gray, PhD, Vice president for Research, director of Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences, professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Des Moines University
9:45 am

Student Keynotes

Variation in Carbohydrate Utilization by Trichomonads of Man Inhabiting Distinct Anatomical Niches
Blake Chapman, Wayne A. Wilson, PhD, Andrew Brittingham, PhD

Evolution of Coyote Mandibles in Response to Introduction of Competitors and Megafaunal Extinctions
Adrianna Janowicz and Julie A. Meachen PhD

Comparison of Arch Height Index in Individuals With and Without Plantar Heel Pain
Tiffany McCarthy and Shane McClinton, DPT

Basic Access and Health Insurance: Informing Policymakers Regarding Public Survey Data
Hannah Reiland and Pamela A. Duffy, PhD

10:45 am

Introduction: Rachel Reimer, PhD, Associate Professor, Chairperson, and Program Director – Master of Public HealthChair of the Research and Grants Committee 

Keynote Address: Racial Discrimination and HIV-risk Cognitions and Behaviors Among African American Young Adults
Michelle Stock, PhDAssociate Professor of Applied Social Psychology, The George Washington University

  1. Provide an overview of HIV among African-Americans
  2. Explain the impact of racial discrimination on substance use and risky sex cognition’s and behaviors
11:45 am Lunch and Poster Viewing
1 pm Closing Words

Keynote Speaker

Michelle Stock, PhD

Associate Professor of Applied Social Psychology, The George Washington University


Education – PhD, Iowa State University

Dr. Stock received her PhD from Iowa State University. Her research focuses on applying social-psychological theories to the study of risky health cognition’s and behaviors, including substance use, sexual behaviors, and UV exposure. Her experimental and survey research focuses on the application of dual-processing models, in particular the Prototype-Willingness model, to provide a framework for understanding the cognitive (both heuristic and reasoned) constructs and situational factors that affect health decisions. The research conducted in her lab can be split into three main areas:

  1. the relation among risk behavior, social comparison, and perceptions of risk
  2. applying social psychological theory and the Prototype-Willingness model to health interventions
  3. examining the relation between racial discrimination and risky health cognitions and behaviors as well as risk and protective factors that may help explain and that may reduce this relation

Oral and Poster Presentations

Abstract categories include:

  • Biomedical Science
  • Education
  • Movement Science
  • Public Health

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 a 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 cme@dmu.edu or 515-271-1596. Presentation and video files should be stored on USB drives.


  • Preparing an Effective Oral Presentation
  • www.kumc.edu/SAH/OTEd/jradel/Preparing_talks/TalkStrt.html
  • www.etsu.edu/scitech/langskil/oral.htm
  • www.bates.edu/powerpoint-tips.xml
  • www.dartmouth.edu/~library/biomed/guides/powerpoint.html
  • 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 18.

    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 communications@dmu.edu for approval. Please allow at least four hours.
    • Posters for the symposium must be printed at the DMU print shop and emailed to printshop@dmu.edu.  Download the print shop order form. 
    • Please print in seminar presentation size 42” x 54.35” (non-matted and non-laminated).
    • The account number to use for printing costs is 112-3113-56410.
    • Posters will need to be submitted to the print shop and proofs signed by Tuesday, July 15 at 3 pm.
    • The poster will not be reviewed for academic content.
    • For poster printing questions, please contact Brenda at 515-271-1402.



    Submit Abstract

    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).
    • Asterisk and bold the author delivering the paper.

    Writing tips

    1. Consider the following questions when preparing your abstract:
    2. Does the abstract clearly state the aim of the project (i.e. a research question, theoretical issue, or problem)?
    3. Is the significance of work clearly stated?
    4. If relevant, are the methods, data collection, and analysis procedures well-designed and appropriate to the question addressed?
    5. Are the conclusions justified in relation to the data and/or analysis/description?
    6. 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.

    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 cme@dmu.edu or 515-271-1596.


    There is not a fee to attend, but registration is strongly encouraged.

    Please note these important dates:

    • Abstract submission deadline: July 7
    • Oral decisions disseminated to students: July 8
    • Posters submitted to print shop: July 15


    Vanessa Ross, CMP, CCMEP
    Director, Continuing Medical Education

    Mollie Lyon
    Grants and Contracts Manager, Research