Research Experiences

Summer Research Program for Incoming D1s

UIC College of Dentistry Summer Research ProgramThe College of Dentistry offers three summer research fellowship programs including:

  • NIH training grant led by Dr. Ana Bedron-Russo,
  • HRSA-funded opportunity led by Dr. Darryl Pendleton
  • College of Dentistry-sponsored program led by Dr. Lyndon Cooper

The College of Dentistry-sponsored Summer Research Fellowship (SRF) is available for up to ten (10) entering D1 students (Fall 2016).  The students offered an SRF will select a mentor and conduct supervised research over a 10-week period preceding entry into the D1 academic year.   Projects may fall within a range of thematic areas that are all relevant to the future of oral health care.  Included are craniofacial pathobiology, regenerative sciences, and clinical, translational and community health. Selected SRF students receive a stipend of $3,000.  This is managed through the College of Dentistry’s HR department.

Students are expected to complete research projects developed specifically for their SRF program.  The results of the research must be summarized and presented.  Successful completion of significant research goals should be presented the following spring at the annual Clinic and Research day.  Further opportunities to share your research findings may be found by submission of abstracts to the American Association of Dental Research (AADR) meetings.  Students with accepted abstracts enjoy additional partial support to present their findings at the annual AADR meeting.  

We encourage students with past research experience and those with new interest in pursuing research in one of our dental faculty laboratories to apply.  The SRF experience introduces students to the excitement and challenges of formal research, provides for individual growth, and introduces students to the interesting world of academic dentistry and dental education.

How to Apply

The application process requires submission of a brief letter of intent and a current CV.  Applications should be sent by e-mail to the Oral Biology Business Administrator, Mr. Asif Ashiqali (

For more information:

Lyndon F. Cooper, DDS, PhD
Associate Dean for Research and Head of the Department of Oral Biology


Student Research Group

This student group is dedicated to increasing and enhancing student research opportunities at the College. To become involved, visit the SRG website.


CaseCAT (Critically Appraised Topics)

These student-led initiatives provide an opportunity for students to engage in a patient-based study at the level of scientific inquiry. Completed projects are presented annually at Clinic & Research Day. Visit the SRG website for more information.

Online Certificate in Clinical Research

UIC currently offers a fully online Clinical Research Methods (CRM) Certificate Program that is designed to fill the growing need for clinicians who would like to conduct clinically oriented research but are constrained by their limited research skills.

It features a series of five online courses that provide a rigorous formal introduction to research methodology, evaluative methods, and statistical computing and data management. Completion of the program provides participants with the training needed to conduct clinical research and to collaborate with other clinician-scientists.

Please contact the Office for Research if you have additional questions.

Prematriculation Research Program for Incoming DMD Advanced Standing Students

Students who have been accepted into the DMDAS program may participate in a ten-week research experience prior to DMDAS program. The program is designed for students to plan and perform a research project while receiving mentoring by selected leading research faculty. Students are invited to complete an online application and connect with potential mentors.  Information on faculty research interests and contact information is available through the Research website.

DMDAS Prematriculation Program Dates

Application due date: December 1, 2014
Program begins: January 20th, 2015
Program ends: March 28th, 2015

MOST Summer Research

Undergraduate students who are enrolled in any accredited university are invited to apply to the MOST Summer Research Program. Visit the MOST site to learn more.

OSCI 399

Students who are enrolled as undergraduates at UIC and who wish to explore oral science during the academic year may enroll in OSCI 399. The course is a mentored research experience and requires the prior approval of the faculty member. Interested students should visit the UIC Undergraduate Research Experience to identify and contact faculty who conduct oral science research.

Predental Undergraduate Research Forum

The forum is an opportunity for pre-dental undergraduate students who are conducting research to present it to students and faculty. The forum is held annually in April and organized by the Student Research Group. Visit the SRG website for more information.


For Non-UIC Students

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