Student Programs

The College of Dentistry is committed to providing opportunities for students to take part in various research activities.

Research Opportunities and Programs at UFCD Brochure

College-Sponsored Programs

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.

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.

Undergraduate Research Programs

Undergraduate students who are wanting to conduct research with a faculty member in the College of Dentistry are eligible to compete for the Emerging Scholars Program (ESP) or the University Scholars Program award (USP).

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 & 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

Related Information

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Requesting Release Time for Research (DN3 & 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.