Some advanced education programs require a Master's degree for the award of the specialty certificate while others offer the option to combine the M.S. and certificate. For these students a series of courses in Research and Scientific Communication is offered. They are designed to develop the student's comprehension of the research process, including scientific writing and biostatistics. The writing and evaluation of research protocols provides them with the opportunity of early submission and approval of their research projects by their research mentors or thesis committees.
Students seeking an advanced degree must submit a carefully prepared research proposal, adhering to guidelines for intramural research grants in collaboration and with approval of the full thesis/dissertation committee prior to the initiation of thesis/dissertation research. An "Approval of Research Protocol" form must be on file in the Advanced Education Office prior to beginning the thesis/dissertation research.
All student research, whether for an advanced degree (M.S. or Ph.D.) or conducted as a required experience for specialty certificate, must comply with college policies. All protocols must be reviewed for compliance with federal regulations before any activity or internal funding may begin.
Graduate Students in the M.S. programs at Baylor College of Dentistry may be eligible for a grant-in-aid of thesis research of up to $1500 depending on availability of funds. A Thesis Proposal with a detailed budget approved and signed by the Thesis Committee and Department Chair must be submitted to the Office of Research and Graduate Studies for approval before the research funds can be used. Expenses incurred before receiving approval from the Office of Research and Graduate Studies will not be paid by that office. If you have an expense that is not listed below contact the Office of the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies to see if it is allowable.
Grant-in-aid funds may be used only on a limited range of expenses.
AllowableChemicals and gasesComputer consumables (paper, envelopes, toner cartridges, labels, etc. if directly related to the specific research project)Computer SoftwareCopying - research related materials such as patient surveys, questionnaires, etc. (sample must be attached torequest for payment)Core Facilities charges (e.g., Histology, Cell-Molecular Biology, Morphometry-Confocal, Radiology)Educational books and films (if directly applicable to the specific research project)Laboratory suppliesLibrary chargesMedia expenses related to data collection (sample must be attached to request for payment)Microscopy, and Electron MicroscopyPatients Incentives/Research Subjects* (must have approved Institutional Review Board)Postage for surveys and/or questionnairesRadiograph film
In-State travel (approved on a case by case basis)
Non-AllowableCamerasCash payment and or gift cardsComputers & computer equipmentCopying of materials related to the production of Thesis/DissertationsData Processing ServicesExpress mail servicesMedia expenses related to thesis productionFood for meetings or as an incentivesMemberships or Educational trainingOffice furnishings & equipment (e.g., copiers, Fax machines, printers, scanners)Salary for faculty, staff or studentAll out of state travel expenses
*BCD employees may participate in studies but may not be paid, regardless of the source of funding, for such participation.
Guidelines for ordering supplies/reimbursement
Master's students with approved budgets must submit orders and requests for reimbursement through their department administrator for processing . An account number will be provided to the department administrator. Any expenses incurred prior to approval of the project budget by the Office of Research and Graduate Studies will be the responsibility of the student or their department.