The School of Dental Medicine at Case Western Reserve University is a place where students, faculty, and staff come together to share knowledge and skills that will benefit patients around the world. In addition to outstanding academic programs to train the dentists of tomorrow, the School also engages in cutting-edge research that contributes to the evolution of the practice of dentistry and other areas. The School offers a variety of programs to get students interested and involved in research, from summer programs to dual-degree fellowships. We invite you to explore the links below and get involved today!
Get Involved in Research
- HHMI Research Opportunities for Dental Students at US Schools
In order to encourage more medical, dental, and veterinary students to pursue academic and research careers, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) offers outstanding “year-out” and summer research training programs for students enrolled in schools in the US. HHMI and NIDCR are interested in increasing the number of dental students applying for these programs. Women and under-represented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. Students enrolled in DMD/PhD programs are not eligible to apply.
- For 2nd and 3rd Year Students (Note: 4th year students may apply, but must defer graduation in order to participate):
1) HHMI Medical Research Fellows Program enables medical, dental, and veterinary students at schools located in the US to spend a year conducting basic, translational, or applied biomedical research at any school or nonprofit research institution in the United States, except at the NIH in Bethesda, MD. HHMI will award 66 fellowships in 2013. For the 2013-2014 program year, Fellows will receive a $29,000 stipend, a $5,500 fellow’s allowance for health, dental and vision insurance and some education-related expenses, and a $5,500 research allowance for research-related enrichment activities and some research costs. The Competition System is now open and the application deadline is January 11, 2013.
2) The Medical Research Fellows Program at Janelia Farm offers students with an interest in neuroscience and/or imaging at the cellular and molecular level an intense year-long research training experience, living and working at the HHMI Janelia Farm Research Campus, a world-class research center in Ashburn, Virginia in the Washington, D.C., area. Students must submit a prescreening application by November 1, 2012 and comply with specific eligibility and application requirements.
- For 1st Year Students:
HHMI Summer Medical Fellows Program will support up to 20 students working in HHMI laboratories (with HHMI investigators, early career scientists or at the Janelia Farm Research Campus), for a minimum of 8 consecutive weeks (10 weeks preferred). Students must be in good standing at a medical, dental, or veterinary school located in the US. Those who are enrolled in a combined professional degree/PhD program or who have already received a one-year award from any year-out research training program are not eligible to apply. The program is primarily aimed at those students who wish to explore the summer research experience with the intent of applying for the year-long program. For the 2013 summer program, students will receive a stipend of $5,000 for 10 weeks ($500/week for less than 10 weeks) and up to $1,000 for roundtrip relocation costs. The Competition System opens on November 1, 2012 and the application deadline is February 15, 2013.
- Summer Research Program
Offers paid, mentored research opportunities over 8 weeks in the summer following completion of the first year of dental school. Click here for more details.
- DMD – MCRT Training Program
Dual degree program that grants both a DMD and Masters in Clinical Research degree. Supported by the NIH, the program involves an extra year between the 3rd and 4th years (ideally) for completion of the MCRT degree. Tuition and monthly stipend provided by the NIH. Click here for more information or here for a printable brochure.
- Tips for Students Interested in Research
Click here for a list of upcoming deadlines for internally and externally sponsored opportunities.
Results of Student Research
Click here to see the successes of our student researchers including:
- Presentations and Abstracts
- Awards and Recognition