DDS Student Research Financial Support

Hegtvedt Memorial Scholarship

Students who are selected for the Student Research Program Fellowships and Scholarships (SRP) will be eligible for the Hegtvedt Memorial Scholarship. Support will be provided to conduct research in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and have the opportunity to present at an Oral Surgery Conference. The faculty of the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Anesthesiology will select the awardee.

American Association for Dental Research (AADR) Student Research Fellowships

These prestigious and competitive fellowships for DDS and dental hygiene students are sponsored by the AADR. To apply, you must submit a research proposal for work to be performed at Ohio State and sponsored by a College of Dentistry faculty member. Details are available through the AADR.

National Institutes of Health Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research

This NIH program is designed to provide training in research procedures and principles of independent investigation. Participants work with senior research scientists located at various locations nationwide. Details are available through the NIH.

Programs for Medical and Dental Students at the NIH

As a medical or dental student you may be able to participate in the Medical Research Scholars Program or the Clinical Electives Program at the NIH. There is also a specific NIH/NIDCR Summer Research Program for Selected Dental Students, where students spend a summer doing research at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

Student Research Program Scholarships

All dental students and dental hygiene students engaged in research are encouraged to apply to the Student Research Program. If you are accepted into the SRP, you are eligible for the following financial support:

Wallace Scholarship. Through the William Wallace Scholarship Fund, a nonrenewable Wallace Scholarship is awarded to a dentistry student based on outstanding achievement in the Student Research Program. The recipient of the Wallace Scholarship is selected at the end of his/her second or third year by the Director for Student Research based on the criteria established by this award.

SRP Scholarship. Starting in 2017 there will be changes as to how the student research program is administered. All dental students and dental hygiene students will be eligible to participate in the program. Any student that has an abstract accepted at the AADR/IADR or a similar national conference will be eligible for travel support. An annual scholarship* of $2500 will be provided to incoming students and to students completing their first year. The funding for these stipends will be partially supported by the Barlow Fellowships.  There will be a limit of 20 annual stipends provided to first and second year dental and dental hygiene students, though there is no limit to students who may participate in the SRP or may apply for travel support. This scholarship is available to students in their first and second years. Admitted students will apply the spring before the start of their D1 or DH1 years to conduct research the summer before they begin their respective programs. D2 and DH2 students will apply the spring of their first year to conduct research the summer before the start of their second year.  All students are encouraged to continue their research throughout the academic year.

Requirements of students receiving a stipend (incoming first year students and student completing their first year):

  • Devote their summer, excluding class or clinic responsibilities to their research project
  • Complete the required volunteer paperwork and all health and safety requirement.
  • Present their research at the College’s research day

Students who do not meet these requirements will be ineligible for future research support including travel support. 

It is further expected but not required that students write and submit an abstract for the IADR/AADR or other national research meeting.  Students are further encouraged to continue their research throughout the academic year. 

To apply:

  • You must have an overall GPA above 3.0.
  • You must discuss a research project with a potential mentor (links to Potential Faculty Mentors page) before submitting the Application for SRP Student Support. The mentor must be a faculty member of the College of Dentistry. (See table below.)
  • Submit your application by April 15. The application contains the research proposal you have previously discussed with your mentor.
  • Each submitted application will be sent for approval to the listed mentor by the Director for Student Research. All applications that are approved by the mentor will be evaluated for potential support by the College of Dentistry Research Committee.

* Please note that accepting a scholarship will affect financial aid limits.  For more information please contact the Office of Student Affairs.

SRP Application Deadlines

List of potential SRP faculty mentors

Available before February and updated when new information is available

Application for SRP Student Support

Application deadline: April 15

Approved SRP student support begins

First day of summer semester but only after all appropriate human resources requirements are met

Application for SRP Student Travel Support (As available)*

Apply after receiving notification of abstract acceptance

*The amount and number of available awards for SRP student travel support depends on available resources. Depending on the amount of resources, on the number of SRP students seeking travel support and on the amount needed to cover travel expenses, it may not be possible to offer complete or partial travel support to SRP student participants. For more information, contact the Director of Student Research Dr. Scott Schricker.