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Mentored Student Research Opportunities

Every student is encouraged to participate in research. There are opportunities for a variety of research interests, from dental materials to oral health disparities.

Recent faculty/student research collaborations

Grinding Damage Assessment of YSZ Based Ceramic Frameworks

  • Faculty mentors - Jason Griggs, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair, Biomedical Materials Science; Pia Chatterjee Kirk, DDS, Associate Professor & Vice-Chair, Care Planning & Restorative Sciences; Susana Salazar Marocho, BDS, MS, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Materials Science 
  • Student - Jared Akers (D3)

Periodontal Referral Patterns of General Dentists with Varying Undergraduate Exposures

  • Faculty mentor - Jennifer Bain, DMD, MSPH, PhD, Associate Professor & Chair, Periodontics & Preventive Sciences
  • Student - Katelyn Allen (D2)

Comparison of Anodized Coatings on Wrought and Additively-ManufacturedTi-6Al-4V

  • Faculty mentors - Amol Janorkar, PhD, Associate Professor, Biomedical Materials Science, Scott Williamson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Materials Science; Michael Roach, PhD, Associate Professor, Biomedical Materials Science 
  • Student - Hayden Coffey (D2)

A Comparison of Phosphorus Enhanced Anodization on Titanium Implant Alloys

  • Faculty mentors - Amol Janorkar, PhD, Associate Professor, Biomedical Materials Science, Scott Williamson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Materials Science; Michael Roach, PhD, Associate Professor, Biomedical Materials Science
  • Student - Caleb Hardman (D4)

Fracture Toughness and Fractal Analysis of Ceramic Benchmark Materials

  • Faculty mentors - Jason Griggs, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair, Biomedical Materials Science; Susana Salazar Marocho, BDS, MS, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Materials Science
  • Student - William Key (D2)

Pulse Repetitions Effect on Temperature Through a Y-TZP Ceramic

  • Faculty mentors - Jason Griggs, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair, Biomedical Materials Science; Susana Salazar Marocho, BDS, MS, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Materials Science; Mitch Hutto, BA, DMD, Associate Professor, Care Planning & Restorative Sciences
  • Student - Sarah Malley (D3)

Bonded and Irradiated Y-TZP Surfaces after Laser Application

  • Faculty mentor - Jason Griggs, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair, Biomedical Materials Science; Susana Salazar Marocho, BDS, MS, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Materials Science; Mitch Hutto, BA, DMD, Associate Professor, Care Planning & Restorative Sciences; Michael Roach, PhD, Associate Professor, Biomedical Materials Science
  • Student - David Spencer Remley (D2)

A Pilot Study on the Structural Role of Water in Dental Tissues

  • Faculty mentor - Yuanyuan Duan, BDS, MS, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Materials Science
  • Student - Evan Sobiesk (D3)

Attitudes of Mississippi Licensed Dentists Toward Dental Therapy Model

  • Faculty mentors - Ahmad Abdelkarim, DMD, MS, PhD, EdD, Associate Professor & Chair, Orthodontics; David Felton, DDS, MS, Dean, Professor, Care Planning & Restorative Sciences; Elizabeth Carr, DHA, RDH, MAADH, Associate Professor & Chair, Dental Hygiene
  • Student - Emily Turbeville (D2)