MD Program

Contact Medical Student Research Program

1213 MERF
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2600
Phone:(319) 335-9449
Fax: (319) 335-8049

  • Abstract/Presentation Instructions (2015 deadlines)


    Submit a ONE-PAGE written clinical journal abstract of your research findings. The font used should be no smaller than 10-pt to be easily read. Oral presentation abstracts are due August 14 and Poster presentation abstracts are due August 21. Your faculty sponsor is expected to assist you in preparing and/or finalizing the abstract. It should include the following:

    • Your name and your mentor's name
    • Title of the presentation
    • Background/Rationale
    • Statement of the Purpose of the study: Aims and Hypotheses
    • Methods Used
    • Results
    • Conclusions/Discussion

    The abstract is due on August 14 (oral presentation) or August 21 (poster presentation). Your abstract needs to be attached to your Research Day registration. This abstract is placed in the student's permanent research fellowship file.


    • Poster boards are 4' high by 6' wide. Posters can be made utilizing single laminated sheets of multiple cardboard mats. Poster Printing Resources  
    • A copy of your poster needs to be given to Stephanie Whitlock. This can be on CD or flashdrive. If you prepare the poster in Power Point you can email it to Stephanie or you can turn in a "handout" of the presentation with 6 "slides" or tiles per page. You can also print each slide on one page - your preference. 
    • When you present at Medical Student Research Day, you will prepare and present a "formal" version of the paper copy you hand in to us.
    • Your mentor has been notified of the poster requirement and will assist you in obtaining the materials necessary for preparation of a "formal" poster when you do a presentation.
    • A copy of your poster is due to Stephanie Whitlock on or before Research Day, September 4.

    Oral Presentation  

    • Students will be sent an email early in August describing how to register for an oral or poster presentation for Medical Student Research Day.
    • There may be more students requesting oral presentations than spots available. Presentations are limited to 9 (nine) minutes for your talk and 4 (four) minutes for questions. A timekeeper will be present in the room to keep track of time.
    • All students requesting an oral presentation must hand in an abstract by the 4:00 PM on August 14.
    • Final decisions on oral presentation assignments will be made by the Medical Student Research Council if more students request an oral presentation than we can accommodate.
    • You will be notified of your presentation assignment type as soon as possible after August 21.
    • A copy of your presentation should be handed in to Stephanie Whitlock in 1187 MERF on or before Research Day, September 4. You can hand in a paper copy in the form of a handout, or email to Stephanie.