Student research is an important activity for students and faculty mentors. Research enhances our students' experience, allows them to investigate areas of interest, provides faculty with intelligent and motivated colleagues, builds assets for postgraduate programs and furthers the mission of our school to discover and disseminate knowledge.
Although not required of all students, many students participate in research during their free time or as part of selective courses for which they can receive credit. Typically, students learn about research opportunities during their first year and engage in research in their second and third years of study. There are opportunities in both basic science research and clinical research. The research projects and the faculty mentors may be found through this link. Faculty mentors can work with the students to apply for pilot research funding through the Research Committee.
Many students present their research at our annual Excellence Day, an event designed to to present their accomplishments in research and dental treatment. Students compete for the opportunity to present their projects and receive expense paid trips to various meetings, such as the American Dental Association/DENTSPLY table clinic competition, AADR annual meeting, the American Dental Education Association annual session and exhibition, the Hinman Dental Meeting, the California Dental Association scientific session in Anaheim and meetings of specialty organizations.
Students involved in research are encouraged to join the Pacific Dugoni Student Research Group, which is a chapter of the AADR National Student Research Group (NSRG), a student-run organization whose main purpose is to foster an environment in every dental school whereby students interested in enriching their dental education through research are encouraged to do so. The Group organizes seminars to introduce faculty research to students, and to facilitate critical thinking.