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Dean's Summer Research Scholars

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.

The Dean’s Summer Research Scholarship Program was established to support a summer research-intensive training experience for students who have been accepted, but have not yet matriculated into the School of Dental Medicine’s DMD Program.

This is a twelve-week program in which accepted students develop a research project between May and August prior to enrollment into the School of Dental Medicine. Three independent study credits will be earned during the summer program, as well as the opportunity to present a poster at the Annual Spring Research Symposium.

2023 Dean's Summer Research Scholars

Leah Zeng

Columbia University
BS in Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Juan Taboas

"Anionic Photopolymerized Hydrogel for Pulp Therapy"

Eva Shterengarts

University of Pittsburgh
BS in Natural Sciences with a Certificate in Managing Health Services Projects and Programs

Dr. Charles Sfeir

"An Immunomodulatory Strategy for Treating Peri-Implantitis"

Brian Lee

Northwestern University
BA in Cell Biology & Physiology

Dr. Elia Beniash

"Measuring Mass of Enamel Spherulites of Amelogenin Knock-In Mice with a Ser16 to Ala16 Mutation"

Victoria Ming

University of Pittsburgh
BS of Biological Sciences with minors in Chemistry & Studio Arts

Dr. Giuseppe Intini

“Effects of Tetranite, a Novel Bone Adhesive Biomaterial, on Expression of BMP2 In Vitro”

Alison Buckwalter

Washington College
BS in Biology with minors in Chemistry, Public Health, and Spanish

Dr. Alexandre Vieira

"Modeling Complexity of Oral Diseases using Microbiome and GWAS"

Cassia Clayton

University of South Florida
BS in Biomedical Sciences

Dr. Adriana Modesto Vieira

"Language Barriers in Healthcare: A Literature Review"

Dakota Volzer

The Ohio State University
BS in Biology

Dr. John Burnheimer

"The Relationship Between Second Mandibular Molar Angulation and Gonial Angle"


Chelsea Carver

University of Pittsburgh Honors College
BPhil/Honors in Psychology with a Chemistry Minor and a Certificate in Conceptual Foundations of Medicine

Dr. Mariana Bezamat & Dr. Alexandre Vieira

"Family-Based GWAS for Dental Class I Malocclusion in Conjunction with Cleft Lip and/or Palate"


2018 Dean's Summer Research Scholars

2017 Dean's Summer Research Scholars

2016 Dean's Summer Research Scholars

2015 Dean's Summer Research Scholars

2014 Dean's Summer Research Scholars