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Research Honors & High Research Honors Awards

Senior dental students who have engaged in research during their four-year DMD program may be eligible for one of two Research Honors awards. To be eligible for receipt of “Research Honors”, the student must have contributed substantively to a research project during their tenure in dental school and fulfill all requirements outlined below.  Students who meet the criteria for “Research Honors” may be deemed eligible for “High Research Honors” by the UFCD Research Committee if they displayed an extraordinary commitment to research and an unusually high degree of productivity and independence on their research project(s).

The Research Committee has established the following criteria for eligibility for “Research Honors”:

  1. Students need not have participated in the “Research Track” program to be eligible to receive either Research Honors awards.  Any student found responsible for a violation of the Student Honor Code of the College of Dentistry that involved academic dishonesty or that resulted in probation or suspension is ineligible to apply for Research Honors.
  2. Students wishing to be considered for Research Honors must submit a copy of a published article or a manuscript that is to be submitted to a scientific journal to the Associate Dean for Research before March 15 of the year of graduation.  If a specific journal has yet to be identified, the format of the manuscript should comply with the Vancouver system.  Although not a requirement for the award, prior presentation of the research by the candidate at a scientific meeting is desirable.
  3. With the manuscript, the candidate must also submit a letter in which it clearly states a) who supervised the project, b) an approximation of the total time devoted to the project, and c) whether the research idea originated with the candidate or the supervisor.
  4. The role that the candidate played in the performance of the project should be clearly articulated in the letter, including what role the student had in writing of the paper.
  5. The student’s faculty mentor should submit a separate letter in support of the application.
  6. In addition to the submitted documents, the Research Committee will interview the mentor and the candidate as soon as possible after the March 15 deadline. Each student who is approved for Research Honors by the Research Committee will be recognized at the Senior Awards banquet and recognized in the commencement program.