February 13, 2017
Interested in incorporating research into your dental training? The topic of research will undoubtedly come up during your interview at UIC College of Dentistry, so any prior research experiences will make you stand out among other applicants. Getting involved in research is a great way to enhance your resume and enrich your undergraduate education.
As an undergraduate student, you have access to a variety of research experiences at UIC College of Dentistry. There are several courses you can earn credits as an undergraduate researcher. Most will require a completion of a paper and/or a poster presentation.
MOST Summer Program
Part of the Multidisciplinary Oral Science Training (MOST) Program, the Summer Research experience is a full-time, 12-week program that gives pre-dental and undergraduate students interested in biomedical or biological sciences a chance to complete a research project in laboratories on campus and under the direction of grant-funded faculty. The MOST Summer Research program is not accepting applications for the summer of 2017.
- Wound Healing and Tissue Regeneration
- Developmental Biology
- Cancer Biology
Students will also participate in regular seminars and other larger group activities, as well as prepare for presentation of their research. This is a 12 week program during the summer at the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Dentistry for undergraduate students who are considering careers in biomedical or biological sciences and who are either US citizens or Permanent Residents, are encouraged to apply.
“The program gives students a structured research experience,” said Dr. Luisa DiPietro, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research. She also is a Professor in the College of Dentistry as well as director of the Center for Wound Healing and Tissue Regeneration. “They not only get lab experience, they’re taught certain really important elements of research,” Dr. DiPietro said.
Predental Undergraduate Research Symposium
The Predental Undergraduate Research Symposium is an opportunity for predental undergraduate students who are doing research to present their projects as posters to other predental and dental students. The symposium is run by members of UIC College of Dentistry’s Student Research Group and it provides a friendly forum for learning more about research and meeting current dental students and their predental peers at other institutions. The symposium is held at the College of Dentistry and features a faculty keynote speaker. The Research Symposium is a great opportunity for predental students to showcase their research as well as network with fellow predents, dental student researchers, faculty, and members of the AADR.
Student Research Group
The Student Research Group at UIC College of Dentistry is dedicated to increasing and enhancing student research opportunities at the College. The group hosts activities such as the Summer Research Symposium to promote and support student research in dentistry as well as encourage and facilitate opportunities for students to share and further their research. The Research Symposium is a great opportunity for predental students to showcase their research as well as network with fellow predents, dental student researchers, faculty, and members of the AADR.
Want to get involved? Contact us!
- President: Osama Siddiqui
- Vice President: Elizabeth Guirado
- Treasurer: Andrew Bertagna
- Public Relations Chairpersons: Marybeth Francis, Karen Homsi, Annette Merkel
- Education/Activities Chairperson: Madison Allen
Consider taking these courses to further your oral science and general scientific research skills through a structured research project under faculty supervision:
- OSCI 399 - Research Experience in Oral Sciences
- HON 225 - Honors Research
- BIOS 399 - Independent Research
- CHEM 499 - Supervised Research
- ANTH 390 - Honors Research
- PSCH 399 - Independent Research