The College of Dentistry is committed to providing opportunities for students to take part in various research activities. The following are college sponsored programs:
The Summer Research Program allows incoming first-year dental students to participate in research. Faculty in each department offer guidance and mentoring for the students.
The UFCD-SRG is a student supported organization whose main purpose is to foster the participation and interest in dental research. The mission of UFCD-SRG is to promote the involvement of all UFCD students in dental research, cultivate awareness of research opportunities, facilitate participation in UFCD research activities and guide students involved in research presentations and/or publications.
This is an integrated dental and graduate research training program, culminating in awarding both a D.M.D. and Ph.D. in Biomedical Science. The joint D.M.D. / Ph.D. program offered by the College of Dentistry (COD) in collaboration with the College of Medicine Interdisciplinary Program in Biomedical Sciences (COM IDP) prepares students for a career in the dental academic setting, utilizing skills acquired in clinical practice and clinical education, as well as basic and/or translational research.
Using the extensive educational, scientific and clinical resources at the University, the department provides a comprehensive series of pre and post-doctoral training opportunities in research areas, directly related to oral health and diseases. The programs produce highly skilled and interactive scientists who are prepared to generate new knowledge and translate their discoveries to advances in the detection, prevention, treatment and cure of diseases and abnormalities of the oral and craniofacial complex
The Research Track Program is intended for students who are committed to obtaining a concentrated research experience during dental school.
Senior dental students who have engaged in research during their four-year D.M.D. program may be eligible for one of two Research Honors awards.
Due to the demands of the dental school curriculum, students need to request designated time for conducting research during the DMD program. Please see the guidelines for requesting research time below.
Research / Education mentors inform students to be responsible for filling out the planned student leave form and obtaining all appropriate signatures by the end of January. Neither the Office of Education nor the Office of Research excuses students from class, only the course Director has that authority.
The University of Florida College of Dentistry (UFCD) has several UF undergraduates engaged in cutting-edge research. Students interested in these opportunities should review the following: College of Dentistry Faculty Research Interests to identify the labs of interest, and to contact the faculty member directly, for opportunities available.
Please note: there are more students than mentors at UFCD. Many of the labs may be full. Look for research opportunities well in advance, at least a full semester or two ahead of the expected time. Students are also encouraged to include their major, long term interests and any relevant research experience when contacting faculty. There are many excellent opportunities for research at UF. A good research experience helps with admissions, even if it is not done at UFCD.
The University Scholars Program introduces undergraduate students at UF to the exciting world of academic research. In the program, students work one-on-one with UF faculty on selected research projects. Any questions or concerns: please contact the Office of Research at 352-294-5440.
The Center for Undergraduate Research (CUR) is committed to fostering a culture of research that encourages all students to include a research component as a critical part of their undergraduate experience. The CUR provides guidance to students and faculty interested in pursuing research opportunities, and the coordination of campus research activities. The CUR also works to expand research opportunities across campus. Explore the website and contact us if you would like additional information.
- National Institutes of Health (NIH) Fellowship Awards
- National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) Careers and Training Training
- American Association for Dental Research (AADR) Student Fellowships
- National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Student Opportunities
- Howard Hughes Medical Institute Medical Research Fellows Program
- Seed Grants for Students (pdf)
Graduate Research Opportunities
- UF Graduate Fellowship Initative
- UF Graduate Student Travel Funds
- Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education