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Student Research Group
UIC College of Dentistry Student Research Group and Summer Symposium

The Student Research Group 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.


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Multidisciplinary Oral Science Training (MOST) Summer Program

The MOST Summer Program provides unique research experiences to qualified undergraduate students. Participants work with faculty mentors to design and conduct a research project. Areas of research include: wound and tissue regeneration, developmental biology, bioengineering, biomaterials, cancer biology, microbiology and immunology. 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. Only students who will graduate during a semester after the summer of 2015 are eligible.

More about the MOST Summer Program


Clinic & Research Day

The College of Dentistry's annual Clinic and Research Day provides a forum for students, postgrads, and research staff to present research achievements to the members of the College and larger research community. Additionally, Research Day offers continuing education opportunities, dental products and service exhibits, a keynote lecture and student awards.   Also featured will be CaseCAT (Critically Appraised Topics) competitions, featuring actual cases that exemplify unique and interesting aspects of dental practice combined with critically appraised literature reviews relevant to those cases.


  • Vendor exhibits will be located on the 4th and 5th floors throughout the day.
  • Visit the Kottemann Gallery of Dentistry and the DuBrul Archives Room.
  • Tour the clinics and laboratories.
  • Receive Continuing Education credit.

The 2016 event featured over 100 posters covering several topics:

  • Cancer Biology/Oral Cancer
  • Biomaterials/Dental Materials
  • Tooth Development & Movement
  • Social Science/Behavior
  • Wound Healing/Tissue Regeneration & Repair
  • Imaging &Therapeutic Modalities
  • Case Reports & Literature Reviews 

More about Clinic & Research Day


Summer Research Program

Students who have been accepted into the DMD program may participate in a ten-week research experience prior to the fall semester. The program is designed for students to plan and perform a research project while receiving mentoring by selected leading research faculty.

Projects may fall within a range of disciplines, all relevant to the future practice of oral health care: biomaterials, mineralized tissue, tissue engineering, microbiology, immunology, wound healing, oral cancer, natural products, HIV, dental public health and oral health disparities. The Student Summer Research Program is the first formal opportunity for students to conduct research. It allows students to develop into clinicians who use evidence and critical thinking to advance their patients health. And it will eventually open pathways for translational research, connecting clinical practice with laboratory research, which will change the practice of dentistry. 

For more information:

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


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.

    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 College of Dentistry Student Research Group.

    For Non-UIC Students

    For more information

    Ana Bedran-Russo, MOST Program Director 
    Elizabeth Guirado, President, Student Research Group
    Lyndon Cooper and David Reed , Student Research Advisors