The Student Research Group (SRG) at The University of Texas School of Dentistry is composed of dental students interested in scientific inquiry. It is a local chapter of the American Association of Dental Research’s National Student Research Group and is a student-run organization guided by input from a faculty advisor (Dr. Gena Tribble, student research coordinator). The The SRG promotes, supports and nurtures the interests of dental student researchers during their time at the school. It provides exposure to the diverse types of research in the dental profession and encourages involvement in research activities at the School of Dentistry by making students aware of research opportunities, such as the summer research program and research electives. The group’s goals are accomplished in part by hosting monthly meetings where School of Dentistry professors and students present their research.
UTSD has a long history of strong student participation in local and national scientific research meetings such as the annual Star of the South, American Association of Dental Research and Hinman Student Research Symposium where students have presented abstracts and platform presentations. Many students are co-authors on peer reviewed papers. Student participants have indicated that these activities translate into enhanced critical thinking skills which strengthen clinical diagnostic skills and thereby helping UTSD graduates become better healthcare providers.
The UT School of Dentistry Student Research Facebook page was recently launched and has updates and photos from the Student Research Group officers.
Other research opportunities are the Undergraduate Summer Research Program at the Medical School and the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP).