Summer and Predental Programs for Undergraduates

Gain Valuable Research Experience

MOST participants gain valuable experience not only conducting laboratory research but also improving planning and presentation skills.  Students get mentorship in preparing abstracts for scientific meetings and literature review, and learn new laboratory techniques. 


Predental Undergraduate Research 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. 

MOST Summer Program

The MOST 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. For other pre-health science opportunities, please visit the 2017 Research Training and Career Development Program here.

Hoda-Fakhari-MOST-undergrad-QUOTE.jpgResearch Areas

  • Wound Healing and Tissue Regeneration
  • Developmental Biology
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Cancer Biology
  • Microbiology
  • 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.


Additional Information

MOST Program Manual




Application Information

Applications will not be accepted for the summer of 2017.


Summer Research Program

The summer research program provides college students who are interested in gaining research experience an opportunity to do just that. The program runs for 12 weeks each summer. Our application is available here, and a fuller description can be found here.

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.

How to Get Involved

All pre-dental students currently enrolled as undergraduates are eligible to present their research. Students whose research is outside the oral health field are welcome to present.

Contacts and News

For more information about MOST and Student Research Program

Dr. Ana Bedran-Russo, Program Director