Student Research

The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine has a long history of facilitating interactions between dental students and mentors/researchers at the University. Opportunities are available for students in many different aspects of dental research, including craniofacial genetics, tissue regeneration, informatics, public health, and other fields.

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In addition to the academic rewards and contribution to the dental profession, many students who conduct research have opportunities to share their projects and results at national meetings and conferences. These events provide an excellent experiences to learn from and network with colleagues. Students involved with research can also compete for awards, scholarships, and other opportunities at the university. Student research funding opportunities are available and a project clearinghouse is maintaned so students may join existing research projects. Please contact Dr. Alexandre Vieira for more information.

Students also have the opportunity to participate in the Student Research Group as a way to enhance their experience with research at the school.

To be involved in research, students must maintain good academic standing. 

Student Research Guide

An important process at the University of Pittsburgh is the Institutional Review Board. All students conducting research will learn policies and guideline established by the University to ensure high quality research.

Dean's Summer Scholarship

The Dean's Summer Scholarship program supports a three-month summer research experience to three incoming first professional dental students each year.  A call for applications is sent out in late spring to all incoming students and they are required to submit a brief application describing their past type of research and the area of research they are interested in (oral cancer, tissue engineering, public health/epidemiology, genetics, physiology/oral function, dental informatics). A mentor is matched to the students based on their area of interest at the time of application. A monthly stipend is provided.