Applications must be submitted by February 10, 2017. Late or incomplete application packages will not be accepted.

Des Moines University in compliance with federal and state laws and regulations requiring affirmative action and nondiscrimination, does not discriminate in recruitment and employment in the operation of an of its employment programs and activates, as defined by law.

Instructions for students

The purpose of the Mentored Student Research Program is to provide promising students opportunities to participate in basic science and applied research as co-investigators with DMU faculty mentors.

View a listing of faculty researchers with a brief description of their research interests.

Students interested in joining the Mentored Student Research Program must schedule interviews with any faculty members with whom they wish to conduct research.  The applicant and the faculty mentor will determine together the aspects of the faculty member’s research that the applicant may work on.  In order to apply to the program, students must request a letter of support from the faculty member with whom they wish to work.

Section criteria

All applications will be reviewed by members of the University’s research and grants committee. The evaluations of this group will focus on the following areas:

  • Student applications must demonstrate a strong desire to conduct research.
  • Student applicants must be in good academic standing at the University. The University’s research office will verify student academic standing with the registrar and appropriate college associate dean.
  • Applicants will be required to present their work either at the closing program, the Research Symposium or a local, regional or national conference.

Research will be supervised by the laboratory director/mentor.  Students will be expected to engage in research on a regular basis for the equivalent of at least 4 weeks full-time effort unless specifically directed by the laboratory director/mentor.

Students may work up to 40 hours per week for a maximum of 320 hours during the summer. Mentors and students may apply for 200 new or additional hours during the academic year as the program budget permits.

Students may work up to 20 hours per week for a maximum of 200 hours during the school year. Adjustments to the schedule will be at the discretion of the lab director/mentor.

Students selected to work in stipend positions will be paid $11 per hour for up to 40 hours per week for eight weeks.

During the Mentored Student Research Program, students may not be enrolled concurrently in the MBS or MSA programs.  A student may be employed as a TA as well as a student researcher; however, the total number of hours cannot go beyond 40 hours per week. The one exception with being employed in two campus positions is an exercise instructor.  Being employed both as a student researcher and exercise instructor is not allowed.

Instructions for faculty mentors

Faculty mentors may proofread but not write their student’s project summary.

Each faculty mentor must write a statement of support in which he or she indicates his or her recommendations for all DMU students applying to work in his or her lab.

The statement of support must be received by the Office of Research by February 10, 2017.  Letters may be sent by e-mail attachment to


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