Mentored Student Research Program

July 18 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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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.



9:30 a.m. Registration and poster presentations
Location: Olsen Medical Education Center
10 a.m.


Jeffrey Gray, Ph.D.
Vice president for Research, director of Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences, professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Des Moines University

Rachel Reimer, Ph.D.
Chair of the Research and Grants Committee, assistant professor of Master of Public Health, Des Moines University

10:15 a.m.

Keynote address 


11:15 a.m. Presentation of certificates and recognition of scholarship recipients
11:45 a.m. Lunch and poster presentations
1 p.m.

Oral presentations

Location: Ryan Hall 181, 281, SEC #115, MEC

Keynote speaker


Oral presentations

At least one student from each lab is required to do an oral presentation of their research. 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.

Presentations will be organized into sessions grouped by topics or disciplines with each presenter allotted 12 minutes to speak and 3 minutes for audience questions. 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 or 515-271-1596. Presentation and video files should be stored on USB drives.


Poster presentations

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.


Poster guidelines

  • 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 a.m. and removed by 3:30 p.m. 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. You will receive lots of feedback and exposure as well.
  • 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 for approval. Please allow at least four hours.
  • Posters for the symposium must be printed at the DMU print shop and emailed to  Download the print shop order form here. 
  • 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 by 3 p.m.
  • The poster will not be reviewed for academic content.
  • For poster printing questions, please contact Brenda at 515-271-1402.

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.



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?

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 or 515-271-1596.


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

Please note these important dates:

  • Abstract submission deadline: TBD.
  • Posters submitted to print shop: TBD.


Vanessa Ross, CMP, CCMEP
Manager, Continuing Medical Education

Mollie Lyon
Grants and contracts manager - Research

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