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Research is an essential part of the mission of the College of Dentistry and as such is also a part of the teaching mission for health science students. The contribution of research to advances in the knowledge base can be directly applied to patient care, and research as a career option is best demonstrated through the recognition of research as a prominent part of the activity of the faculty.
While the College of Dentistry has long recognized that its primary mission is teaching, it also places considerable emphasis on its research activities in the belief that an essential part of the education of dental students lies in the understanding of how research contributes to this knowledge.
The Office of Research provides advice on grant proposals, seeks new sources of funding for research, and counsels faculty and students on research opportunities. The Office of Research oversees the review of research proposals within the college and sponsors small grants for both faculty and student research.