The Vernon Brightman Research Society (VBRS), named in honor of Vernon J. Brightman, former Penn Dental Medicine faculty member and strong supporter of student research, is the primary student research organization at Penn Dental. Since its inception, VBRS has helped numerous students find their niche in research at the School as it aims to promote interest, participation, and appreciation of the basic and clinical oral health research that keep dentistry a science and research-based profession. The society accomplishes this aim by hosting a number of events throughout the year such as the Introduction to Research Seminar Panel, Student Research Reception, and the Oral Health Fair/Student Research Day which includes a vendor fair as well as poster presentations from students who participated in a variety of summer research projects.
The VBRS is Penn Dental Medicine’s chapter of the American Association for Dental Research AADR National Student Research Group (NSRG).
The AADR National Student Research Group is a student-run organization whose main purpose is to foster an environment in every dental school whereby students interested in enriching their dental education through research are encouraged to do so. It is composed of a network of self-governing local student research group (SRG) chapters at each dental school and is led nationally by officers elected through a majority of votes from all members.
External agencies and other Penn centers as resources for possible research opportunities and funding:
Penn Schools & Centers