Research and an understanding of the basis for modern biomedicine is an important part of Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry's predoctoral program. All interested students are encouraged to participate in research activities. The ORAE (Room 483) coordinates the various school research activities and can help you in becoming involved. Dr. Larry Bellinger, Associate Dean for ORAE, will be happy to discuss the research opportunities at Baylor with you.
How to Become Involved in Research
Be sure to attend the reception during the fall semester, hosted by Baylor's student chapter of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR). Information will be provided for research opportunities at Baylor.
Join the AADR Student Research Group (SRG) at Baylor. More information is available at the Fall reception or can be obtained in the ORAE.
During your first year in dental school, talk to faculty members about your specific research interests or, contact Dr. Robert Spears (Room 449), Director of Student Research, who can help direct you to specific faculty interested in student research opportunities.
Plan early to apply for funding to support your research by working with a faculty mentor to draft a research proposal.
Support for Student Research
There are several mechanisms for supporting student research projects. Most projects are supported with either BCD funds or stipends provided by the Baylor Oral Health Foundation. To be eligible for these funds, students write a grant application (available in ORAE Office) in collaboration with their faculty mentor(s). Check with the ORAE for deadline information. The application is then reviewed by the College Research Committee. There are also extramural funds available from AADR. The AADR application is due the first week in January.
Benefits Derived from Student Research
A chance to experience the excitement of research in modern biomedical, biomaterials, and the clinical sciences.
If the abstract from your research is accepted by AADR, a chance to travel to their national meetings to present your results.
The opportunity to list the publications generated by the research on your resume, thus increasing your potential for advanced education programs in dental specialties.