Penn Dental Medicine has a long-standing tradition of offering faculty-mentored clinical and basic science research opportunities for students to enrich their education. The students conduct research within the dental school and also collaborate with other schools, including School of Medicine, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Wharton School of Business, and School of Nursing. The students who are involved in research have opportunities to author manuscripts, present their results at national and international meetings, and successfully compete for fellowships, awards and grants inside and outside of the dental school. The students can be involved in research by participating in specific research programs or volunteering in research projects independently. Potential Penn Dental Medicine research advisors include faculty across disciplines. The students can contact faculty directly or fill out a request form for research opportunities and submit it to the Office of Graduate Studies and Student Research with their CV. The requests are reviewed monthly to determine the availability of research positions and facilitate the communication between students and faculty. — View Research Advisors »
Predoctoral (DMD) Student Research
The Summer Research Program is a competitive program for current Penn Dental Medicine students in good academic standing to engage in a basic laboratory or clinical research project. The purpose of the 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 ongoing faculty research investigation. Research students work full time in July and August with a faculty advisor. Learn more about the program and how to apply
A number of research-focused honors programs within the DMD program at Penn Dental Medicine, including the Basic & Translational Research Honors Program, offer research opportunities to qualifying students. Learn more about all the programs and how to apply
Students interested in an academic career often consider applying to one Penn Dental Medicine’s dual degree programs, which offer students a variety of research opportunities.
Penn Dental Medicine in collaboration with the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics and the Health Care Management Department of the Wharton School supports stipend-based summer research fellowships for dental students interested in working on a health services or health policy research project during the summer between their first and second year of dental school.
- Independent Research
DMD students also have opportunities to be involved in independent research by participating as a volunteer in basic and clinical research studies throughout the school. Students can directly reach out to faculty to explore volunteering opportunities – View Faculty Research Advisors >> Alternatively, students can complete an application and submit it with their CV to the Office of Graduate Studies and Student Research. The applications are reviewed monthly to determine the availability of research positions and facilitate the communication between students and faculty – View Research Opportunities Request Form »
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). Learn more »
Graduate Student Research
Penn Dental Medicine offers advanced research programs to train outstanding postdoctoral students to become leaders in academic dentistry, including:
External Sources for Student Research Awards, Fellowships, Grants
Students are encouraged to work with their research advisors to identify and apply to appropriate external research opportunities.
- NIDCR Summer Dental Student Award
- Medical Research Scholars Program
- Clinical Electives Program
- Summer Internship Program for Biomedical Research
- IADR Grants & Awards for Students
- IADR Fellowships for Students
- IADR Competitions for Students
- AADR Grants & Awards for Students
- AADR Fellowships for Students
- AADR Competitions for Students
Interested in doing research? Complete this Research Opportunities Request Form »
Questions about student research at Penn Dental Medicine can be directed to PDMStudentResearch@dental.upenn.edu.