The Mentored Student Research Program (MSRP) is a competitive program in which DMU students 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 student symposium that includes a guest speaker as well as oral and poster presentations by MSRP program participants.

MSRP participants are paid $13.00 per hour and may work up to 40 hours per week during the summer, 20 hours per week during the school year. Total number of hours allowed per student (up to 240 hours) will be determined by faculty mentor.

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?

Application

Applications are now available. Applications will be accepted until February 11, 2022. Late and incomplete applications will not be considered.

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.

2022 MSRP Faculty mentors

Anatomy

NamePositionAreas of Expertise
Heather Garvin-Elling, Des Moines University Master of Science in Anatomy Heather Garvin-Elling, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Anatomy
Anatomy, Anthropology, Basic Science, Forensics, Skeletal Variation
Julie Meachen, Des Moines University Master of Science in Anatomy Julie Meachen, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Anatomy
Basic Science, Climate, Paleontology
Muhammad Spocter, Des Moines University Master of Science in Anatomy Muhammad Spocter, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Anatomy
Basic Science, Neuroscience

Behavioral Medicine

NamePositionAreas of Expertise
Julia Van Liew, Des Moines University Behavioral Medicine Julia Van Liew, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Behavioral Medicine
Aging, Geriatrics, Medical Education in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Mental Health, Psychiatry

Biochemistry & Nutrition

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

Microbiology & Immunology

NamePositionAreas of Expertise
Andrew Brittingham, Des Moines University Researchers Andrew Brittingham, Ph.D.Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
Cell Biology, Sexual Health
Kevin Carnevale, Des Moines University Researchers Kevin Carnevale, M.D.Academic Pathologist, Microbiology and Immunology
Basic Science, Cardiovascular, Curriculum
Michael Carruthers, Des Moines University Researchers Michael Carruthers, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
Basic Science, Immunology
YuJiang Fang, Des Moines University Researchers Yujiang Fang, M.D., Ph.D.Academic Pathologist and Associate Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
Basic Science, Cancer, Immunology
Marie Nguyen, Des Moines University Researchers Marie Nguyen, Ph.D.Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
Basic Science, Immunology

Physical Therapy

Physiology & Pharmacology

Podiatric Medicine & Surgery

NamePositionAreas of Expertise
Ashley Dikis, Des Moines University Foot and Ankle Clinic Ashley Dikis, D.P.M., FACFAS, DABPMAssistant Professor, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
Mathew Johnstone, Des Moines University Clinic Foot and Ankle Mathew Johnstone, D.P.M., AACFASAssistant Professor

Public Health

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