The annual Multidisciplinary Oral Science Training (MOST) is June 2 through August 22nd, 2014. A symposium for students project presentations is August 19.
MOST is directed by Dr. Ana Bedran-Russo of the Department of Restorative Dentistry. Student participants are undergraduates exploring career opportunities in biomedical research and health sciences. Students hail from UIUC, UIC, Indiana University, Loyola University Chicago, DePaul among others. Student's mentors are leading researchers in UIC's Colleges of Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Liberal Arts & Sciences (Department of Chemistry). Funding for MOST comes from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research of National Institutes of Health (NIDCR).
The MOST training primarily takes place at the College of Dentistry, but labs in Medicine, Pharmacy and Chemistry will also host students.
MOST training reflects the College of Dentistry’s mission to serve as a conduit for future scientists and clinician scientists. The program, along with NIDCR, believes that early exposure to research experiences inspires individuals to pursue careers in biomedical research, and hopefully in oral health research. Success of the program is measured students participating in MOST later enrolling in oral health graduate programs or biomedical clinician scientist programs (such as PhD/DMD or PhD/MD).
More information on MOST and its role in the COD, can be found here.