Undergraduate Mentored Student Summer Research Application

All applications are due by January 30, 2015. 

The Des Moines University Undergraduate Student Mentored Research Program is committed to providing an array of research experiences to undergraduate students. Selection of applicants is based upon academic performance in the sciences, statement of career and academic goals and letter of recommendation from a biology or health science faculty member. Selected students will work with faculty researchers for an eight-week period usually in June and July, on projects in microbiology, pharmacology, physiology, biochemistry and physical therapy.

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

Students receive a stipend of $10.75 per hours, but no housing is provided. Students are required to work up to 40 hours per week. If you have any questions, please send an email to research@dmu.edu.

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 any of its employment programs and activates, as defined by law.

  • Science courses

    Please list all science courses taken (up to eight), if they had a lab, number of credit hours and grade received.
  • Course nameCredit hoursGradeThis course had a lab (Yes/No) 
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  • Topic preferences

    Recognize the Undergraduate Student Mentored Research Selection Committee cannot guarantee you your first choice topic selection.

    See the complete list of faculty and their research interests.

    Molecular Microbiology
    The faculty that study molecular microbiology are interested in molecular mechanisms of microorganisms which reregulate cell division, glycogen storage and syntheses, pathogenesis and drug resistance.

    Cell Biology
    The faculty that study cell biology are interested in signal transduction mechanisms which control differentiation, proliferation, immune cell function and cytokine production in normal and cancerous cells.

    Physiology/Pharmacology
    This area of research encompasses a broad array of topics including human biomechanics, physiology of organ systems and the response of organ systems to drug therapies.

    Biomechanics/Morphology
    Research in these fields involve investigations of human biomechanics, the musculoskeletal and the relationships between form and function.

  • Optional: Specific faculty member request

    If you are interested in working with a specific faculty member, please list the faculty's name and reason for this preference. Please Recognize the Undergraduate Summer Research Selection Committee cannot guarantee you your first choice topic selection.
  • Letter of recommendation

    All applications must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation supporting the student's interest in research from a biology or health science faculty member. This letter should be submitted to be fully considered to:

    Sarah Walton
    Des Moines University
    Research Office, Ryan Hall, Room 209
    3200 Grand Avenue
    Des Moines, Iowa 50312
    research@dmu.edu