School of Dental Medicine
Prospective Students

Student Research Opportunities

Dental Student Research

Matriculating and enrolled pre-doctoral students at ECU’s SoDM are eligible for selections to participate in research through a variety of experiences: in the summer prior to entering the DMD program via the Summer Research Scholars Program, through participation in the Research Selective, as well as by engaging in group research projects as part of the course Community Oral Health Practice.

Undergraduate Student Research

Many undergraduate students interested in dentistry as a career seek research experiences. Similar to demonstrating interest in dentistry through clinical shadowing, pre-dental students with an interest in research are advised to demonstrate their motivation towards research with broadly applicable experiences. Valuable research experience occurs in many settings, and does not need to occur in a dental school setting in order to demonstrate a student’s interest in research. Pre-dental students are encouraged to pursue the wealth of opportunities for research available at their home institutions.

Given current limitations of research space and infrastructure, the SoDM can only provide research experiences for students seeking to fulfill an academic requirement associated with a specific ECU program. In those instances, the student’s faculty advisor or program director should make the initial contact with the SoDM Office of Research. The faculty request should include the student’s name and program, prior research background, and specific area of interest. Requests will be reviewed within the context of available faculty mentors and resources.

For inquiries related to student research at ECU SoDM, email