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The dental school encourages all students to participate in research related to dentistry and consider careers which include academic dental research. Opportunities for students to involve themselves in research include the UPSTART summer research program and the Honors in Research Program. There are no classes scheduled for the summer between the first and second year to allow students to participate in research as early as possible in their professional training. Students who decide to pursue research then have ample to time to find mentors, complete projects and publish research before graduation!
Faculty mentors offer opportunities in variety of research areas: from dental materials, to periodontics, to population studies on oral health disparities. Students are encouraged to work with a mentor to develop their own projects or to extend an aspect of a current project. The school supports opportunities for students to achieve recognition for their research through a variety of means, including competing for awards at the annual SOD Research Day, presenting at academic and professional conferences, and co-authoring articles for publication.
Selected SOD students can train in advanced, hypothesis-driven research in dental or basic health science, and receive academic recognition for their work.
Mentored summer research opportunities in dental or basic science are open to dental, pre-dental, pre-graduate and high school students.
The goal of the intramural research support program is to enhance research activities in the School of Dentistry. Grants provide awards of about $2,000 for project supplies. Pre-doctoral students and residents, as well as faculty, are eligible. Priority will be given to research projects which involve School of Dentistry students.
For more information, please contact Pete Lewis in the SOD Office of Research at (601) 984-6010.
Dental students, graduate students, residents and faculty present posters of their findings to the UMMC community and beyond. In addition, students compete for sponsored awards and recognition.
Dental students at all levels of their training are involved in a variety of research activities. SOD offers both internal and external opportunities for student research accomplishments to be recognized.
An official student organization, SRG encourages and supports student research.