The College of Dentistry is committed to providing opportunities for students to take part in various research activities. The following are college sponsored programs:

Research for D.M.D. Students

DMD/PhD Program

The joint DMD-PhD degree program is designed to train future leaders in academic research to tackle clinical disorders related to oral health.

UFCD Student Seed Grant

The primary objective of the Seed Grant Program for UFCD students is to promote independent student research, by providing short-term support for research projects. The application process is intended to help foster students to develop and clearly delineate the reasoning and approaches of a project, while sustaining the advisement of their mentor(s).

Summer Research Program

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.

Student Research Group (SRG) 

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.

Comprehensive Training Program in Oral Biology

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

Research Track Program

The Research Track Program is intended for students who are committed to obtaining a concentrated research experience during dental school.

Research Honors & High Research Honors Awards

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.

Requesting Release Time for Research (DN3 and DN4 students)

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.

Request to Attend a Research Conference

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.

Research for Undergraduates

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.

University Scholars Program

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.

Center for Undergraduate Research Board of Students

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.

SF2UF Bridges Program

The SF2UF Bridge to the Baccalaureate Program is a partnership between Santa Fe College and the University of Florida. This program is intended to support students who want to go on to graduate school (as opposed to professional school).

Additional Student Resources

Research Awards/Grants

Graduate Research Opportunities

Research Brochure