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Summer Research Program

The School of Dental Medicine offers the opportunity to participate in an 8-week, mentored summer research program to interested dental students. Selected students will receive a stipend plus additional funding to defray travel expenses for research presentations at scientific meetings.

Click on the PowerPoint file to the right to review the most recent presentation listing important details – including the application deadline‌ – and available opportunities for the current year's program.

Interested students should follow the application instructions found here‌.

Completed Applications and any questions should be submitted to:

Dr. Catherine Demko
Room 217, School of Dental Medicine
Or by email to

General Program Details


The School of Dental Medicine offers dental students the opportunity to participate in an 8-week summer research program. The purpose of the program is to foster an interest in scientific investigation, involve dental students in research activities and to promote ongoing research partnerships between students and faculty. This program promotes an environment of scientific inquiry within the dental school and is valued as an enrichment experience in the dental school REAL curriculum


The goals of this program are to allow the student to participate in the process of scientific investigation, focus on a content area of mutual interest to the student and faculty mentor, and gain first-hand knowledge and experience with the methodology required for the project. The student should be able to collect, analyze and interpret the project data under the guidance of their faculty mentor, submit an abstract to Research Showcase and one national meeting and present their findings at Professionals Day. Click here to browse some abstracts of projects presented by students.

Program Participation

After consultation with a faculty mentor, students submit a brief application describing their proposed project. Project parameters are left to the discretion of the faculty mentor, but projects should be of a reasonable scope to be completed in the allotted time and should permit meaningful contribution from the student. During the summer session, there will be scheduled seminars and discussions for research participants.

Research Support

Each student will receive a summer stipend, with additional funds to defray travel expenses for presentation of their research at a scientific meeting.