The University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine offers a competitive program for current Penn Dental students to engage in a basic laboratory or clinical research project. Research students are required to work full time in July and August with a faculty preceptor on a mutually-agreed upon research project. Students are expected to write the project application with guidance from the preceptor. Applications for research projects are reviewed and ranked by the School of Dental Medicine Research Committee. Projects will be accepted for funding based on scientific merit and the availability of funds. The School of Dental Medicine will provide a stipend of $1,000/month for 2 months.
The purpose of this program is to give interested dental students a chance to experience both basic and clinical dental research, from a “hands-on” perspective, by participation in an on-going faculty research investigation. It is the goal of the program to aid the development of dental students who want to pursue research-orientated careers in the oral health field by providing an interactive experience with active research faculty.
Current students are eligible providing that they are in good academic standing and are able to spend the months of July and August full-time on their project. Students that are interested in research but are expected to participate in clinic during the summer months must be able to spend a significant amount of the months of July and August on their project. The summer research program will be combined with other clinical training during July and August.
Weekly meetings of students and preceptors are held in July and August to provide required training in Laboratory Safety and Bioethics in Research, discuss information about research fellowships available through dental organizations and the federal government, and to assess progress. Each student gives an informal presentation about their project. Students are required to attend these meetings. A final one page summary report, approved by the preceptor, is required from each student by the end of August.
All summer research trainees are required to give a poster presentation on Student Research Day. Student Research Day is held at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and provides an opportunity for students of all classes to present their research. Students in all Honors programs, the Summer Research Program and Bridging the Gaps present their projects in poster format. Poster Dimensions are 36” (height) x 72” (width). Summer Research participants and Bridging the Gaps participants are evaluated by a panel of judges on the content of the work, presentation, and poster display. Winners of the Summer Research Program Contest present their work subsequently at various dental conferences across the country. Contact Dr. Francis Mante or the Vernon Brightman Student Research Society for details.
A list of research investigators is available for the summer research program. Students can make arrangements to do a research project with local faculty outside of the School of Dental Medicine if first discussed with Dr. DiRienzo, Assistant Dean for Student Research.
To be considered for a summer research training stipend, a student must submit a proposal describing the project (maximum of five printed pages). The proposal with guidance from the research preceptor. The application form is required. The application form can be downloaded as a Microsoft Word document by clicking on the above link or can be obtained from Dr. Joseph DiRienzo, Assistant Dean for Student Research, Room 245, Levy Building.
An electronic copy of the entire application must be sent to Dr. DiRienzo as an attachment as either a or file. In addition, the application must be by sending an e-mail message to Dr. DiRienzo. The application and e-mail authorization must be received than midnight on Monday, March 30, 2015.
A limited number of travel stipends will be awarded, for national student research meetings, based on the results of the poster competition held on Student Research Day. Students are highly encouraged to apply for an AADR/Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products Hatton Award or IADR/Unilever Hatton Competition Awards (Junior Divisions).
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine students can send questions about the Summer Research Program to Dr. Joseph DiRienzo, Assistant Dean for Student Research.