Research Training Opportunities

The Student Research Group

The Student Research Group is a local chapter of the American Association for Dental Research Student Group. This is a School of Dentistry student-run organization whose main purpose is to foster an environment where students interested in enriching their dental education through research are encouraged to do so.  Current UM-Dent students, please contact the Office of Research for information at

Research Lab Experience Opportunities

Volunteer research opportunities are available within the laboratories at the School of Dentistry. Please visit Volunteer Research Opportunities for directions and information.  Contact questions should email

PhD in Oral Health Sciences

The PhD Program in Oral Health Sciences trains outstanding students to become advanced research scientists in their field of interest within the oral sciences. This program provides students with an understanding of the functional, structural and molecular properties of the oral region. The training will prepare dentist scientists who will be strong candidates for faculty positions in dental schools at major research universities. The program includes basic, translational and clinical research approaches to important problems concerned with health maintenance or diseases of the oral facial region.  Contact email for the OHS PhD Program is 

DDS/PhD in Oral Health Sciences

The DDS/OHS PhD Program will prepare outstanding scientists with research emphases in areas of oral health and disease, who also will have the finest clinical preparation. Such individuals will be among the leaders in modern academic dentistry. Students apply to and are admitted to both the DDS Program and the Oral Health Sciences PhD Program. The DDS/OHS PhD Program provides training in dentistry and research through a series of clinical and research experiences and course work.  

Specialty MS Programs/PhD in Oral Health Sciences

Programs for exceptional students who are interested in pursuing a Master of Science degree in a clinical specialty and PhD in Oral Health Sciences are available on an individual basis, pending admission to both programs.  

Tissue Engineering and Regeneration Training Grant

Pre- and Postdoctoral Training Positions have been established through this training grant supported by NIH, NIDCR. The primary objective is to provide an interdisciplinary research-intensive environment for individuals who wish to pursue careers in the oral sciences. This grant program, known as Tissue Engineering at Michigan (TEAM), is not a degree-granting program and relies on individual departments and units to recruit program candidates.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program creates research partnerships between first and second year undergraduate students and University of Michigan faculty.

Master of Science Clinical Researcher (MSCR)

The Master of Science in Clinical Research program, which is the first of its kind in the United States, gives students in medicine, dentistry, nursing and pharmacy the option of various research experiences. The program implements novel, flexible institutional clinical research training and provides efficient entry of interested students into clinical research careers. 

Medical Innovation Center (MIC)

The MIC Fellowship Program builds tomorrow's innovation leaders today. The MIC Fellowship is a multidisciplinary "team" training program for post-graduate professionals with medical, dental, doctorate, or master's degrees, who are committed to addressing real healthcare issues through innovation excellence. Innovation Fellows are expected to function as a cohesive team, blurring the boundaries of their respective disciplines, specialties, or subspecialties.

Training Opportunities on the NIH campus

NIH - Medical Research Scholars Program

The National Institute of Health (NIH) Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP) is a comprehensive, year-long research enrichment program designed to attract the most creative, research-oriented medical, dental, and veterinary students to the intramural campus of the NIH in Bethesda, MD. The application cycle is October 1 - January 31.

NIDCR - Summer Research Fellowship Program

The NIDCR Summer Dental Student Award is designed to promote the professional careers of talented dental students through exposure to the latest advances in oral health research. Fellows are assigned to a mentor who conducts research in the area of interest. Students will gain hands-on experience in basic or clinical research. Participation may result in presentation of research findings at a scientific meeting and co-authorship of scientific publications. Program duration: summer (minimum of 8 weeks). Applications due January.

NIH-Summer Internship in Biomedical Research

The Summer Research Fellowship Program at the NIH provides an opportunity for medical and dental students to spend the summer working side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. Program duration: summer (minimum of 8 weeks). Application process opens mid-November.

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