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Student Research

Student Research

Penn Dental Medicine has a long-standing tradition of offering research opportunities for its dental students. Students who complete a research training experience have the opportunity to present their results at national and international meetings. Penn Dental Medicine research students also 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 activities.

Summer Research Program

The Summer Research Program is 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. 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.

To qualify for the Summer Research Program, a student must be attending Penn Dental Medicine’s DMD program and be in good academic standing. Learn how to apply to the program »

For additional information about the summer research program, contact Dr. Esra Sahingur, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Student Research,

Research Honors Program

To qualify for Research Honors, a student must meet requirements separate from the summer research program. 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.

DScD and MSOB Programs

Penn Dental Medicine offers advanced research programs for postdoctoral students through the Doctor of Science in Dentistry and the Master of Science in Oral Biology.

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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