Mentored Student Research Program (MSRP)

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The Mentored Student Research Program (MSRP) is a competitive program in which DMU students, as well as undergraduates, work alongside DMU faculty mentors on research projects in areas such as microbiology, pharmacology, physiology, biochemistry, public health, and physical therapy.

The majority of the program takes place over an eight-week period between Memorial Day and the end of July and includes additional learning opportunities such as research presentations from DMU faculty and a closing program that includes a guest speaker as well as oral and poster presentations by MSRP program participants.

MSRP participants are paid $12.25 per hour and may work up to 40 hours per week during the summer, 20 hours per week during the school year, and up to 320 hours total during the program.

View faculty mentors and research topics or read recaps about previous years' programs. You can also check out our current program on social media.

Information for DMU Students

Information for DMU Students

DMU students must inquire with individual mentors about the option of applying to work with them. Mentors will have the application and it will be submitted to the Office of Research by them directly.

What types of questions are on the application?

The questions below are provided to help you prepare to approach a mentor or apply for the MSRP program:

For Des Moines University Students

  1. Why do you want to be involved in research at DMU?
  2. What do you hope to get out of doing research at DMU?
  3. How will your participation in MSRP benefit your academic and professional careers?
  4. What is your availability likely to be during the summer?
Information for Undergraduate Students

Application

Applications are accepted from Thursday, December 5, 2019 until Monday, February 3, 2020 at 8am. Late and incomplete applications will not be considered.

A link to the application for undergraduates will appear here when the application period opens.

DMU students must inquire with individual mentors about the option of applying to work with them. Mentors will have the application and it will be submitted to the Office of Research by them directly.

2020 MSRP Faculty

Anatomy

Behavioral Medicine

NamePositionAreas of Expertise
Julia Van Liew, Des Moines University Behavioral MedicineJulia Van Liew, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Behavioral Medicine, Medical Humanities and Bioethics

Biochemistry & Nutrition

NamePositionAreas of Expertise
Elitsa Ananieva-Stoyanova, Des Moines University ResearchersElitsa Ananieva-Stoyanova, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Nutrition
Basic Science, Biochemistry, Cancer, Immunology
Maria Barnes, Des Moines University ResearchersMaria Barnes, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Nutrition
Basic Science, Cardiovascular, Female Health, Hypertension, Neuroscience, Obesity
Wayne Wilson, Des Moines University ResearchersWayne Wilson, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Nutrition
Basic Science, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Sexual Health

Microbiology & Immunology

NamePositionAreas of Expertise
Michael Carruthers, Des Moines University ResearchersMichael Carruthers, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
Basic Science, Immunology
YuJiang Fang, Des Moines University ResearchersYujiang Fang, M.D., Ph.D.Academic Pathologist and Assistant Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
Basic Science, Cancer, Immunology
Marie Nguyen, Des Moines University ResearchersMarie Nguyen, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
Basic Science, Immunology

Physical Therapy

Physiology & Pharmacology

NamePositionAreas of Expertise
Daniel Christian, Des Moines University ResearchersDaniel Christian, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Physiology and Pharmacology
Sarah Clayton, Des Moines University ResearchersSarah Clayton, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Physiology and Pharmacology
Integrative physiology, Neural control of cardiovascular function
Francesca Di Sole, Des Moines University ResearchersFrancesca Di Sole, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Physiology and Pharmacology
Pharmacology, Physiology
Noah Marcus, Des Moines University ResearchersNoah Marcus, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Physiology and Pharmacology
Autonomic Regulation, Cardiopulmonary Physiology, Cardiovascular Disease, Sleep-Disordered Breathing
Eric Wauson, Des Moines University ResearchersEric Wauson, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Physiology and Pharmacology
Heart Disease, Pharmacology, Physiology
LiLian Juan, Des Moines UniversityLiLian Yuan, Ph.D.Professor, Physiology and Pharmacology
Behavior and Development, Genetics, Neurologic Diseases, Neuroscience

Podiatric Medicine & Surgery

NamePositionAreas of Expertise
Sean Grambart, Des Moines University Foot and Ankle ClinicSean Grambart, D.P.M., FACFASAssistant Professor, Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
Robert Yoho, Dean of the College of Podiatric Medicine and Science at Des Moines UniversityRobert Yoho, D.P.M., M.S., FACFASDean, College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
Podiatric Medicine, Sports Injuries

Public Health

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