Penn Dental Medicine


Student Research

Penn Dental Medicine has a long-standing tradition of offering research opportunities to dental students. Students who complete a research training experience have the opportunity to present their results at national and international meetings. Also, a number of Penn Dental Medicine research students have successfully competed for fellowships, awards, and research opportunities outside of the dental school.

There are many ways for students to become involved in research projects.

Summer Research Program

To qualify for summer research, a student must be attending Penn Dental Medicine and be in good academic standing. The following links provide information to help students apply to and participate in the Student Research Program:

For additional information about Summer Research contact Dr. Joseph DiRienzo, Assistant Dean for Student Research.

Research Honors Program
To qualify for Research Honors, a student must meet requirements separate from summer research. The following link provides information for application to the Research Honors Program: Application information

For additional information about the Research Honors Program contact Dr. Kathleen Boesze-Battaglia, Director of the Research Honors Program.

2015 Student Research Day Project Abstracts (PDF)

The Vernon Brightman Research Society
The Vernon Brightman Research Society is Penn Dental Medicine’s student research group chapter of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) National Student Research Group (NSRG).
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Sara Shah
“Improving patients’ lives would not be possible without the contributions of dental research.”
Sara Shah
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Program & Faculty Features

Student Profile: Sumin Lee & Nishat Shahabuddin

Advancing the Application of Research

Penn Dental Journal,

Fall 2015

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