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Summer Research Experience for Incoming Dental Students and Nursing Students

summer research program participants

Please note: Currently enrolled dental students should visit the the Academic Intranet for research program application information.

The annual Summer Research Experience held at NYU College of Dentistry introduces dental students to research at an early stage in their careers - inspiring them and helping them see that research can be an exciting and fulfilling career trajectory. Participants in the summer program work with faculty mentors on their research studies full time and attend seminars three times a week. Seminar topics include health disparities, ethics, lab safety, DNA, animal research, and evidence-based practice. Students learn to prepare poster presentations, teaching tools in research environments. At the end of the eight weeks, there is a poster session in which the students present posters describing the studies on which they worked.

One rationale for the program is the concept that dental students should be able to understand the science behind what they are doing and apply it to their practices. "We want to capture those who are turned on by science," says Louis Terracio, PhD, Vice Dean for Research and Professor, Department of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology, NYU College of Dentistry," who adds that starting people early in research changes their thinking fundamentally. "Whether you're a dentist or a stockbroker, you should want to look at data critically and make good decisions based on it." The program began in the summer of 2001 with a small group of students and funding from the National Institutes of Health with its goal to encourage dental students to consider careers in academia.