School of Dentistry Student Research Group

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Welcome to the School of Dentistry Student Research Group (SRG) – a student-led initiative dedicated to fostering research skills and professional growth among dental students. In today's rapidly evolving dental landscape, staying current with scientific advancements is essential for providing optimal patient care. Our community of passionate dental students recognizes the importance of research in advancing dentistry. Led by a dedicated executive board, SRG provides a platform for students to engage in research activities and develop valuable skills.

2023-2024 Student Officers

President: Clara Park
Vice President: Chris Steiner
Internal Communications: Bilal Manzer
External Communications: Jonathan Nguyen
Director of Fundraising: Sarah Wiskoski

Benefits of membership

Joining the School of Dentistry SRG offers numerous advantages for dental students:

  1. Networking and Community: Connect with fellow students who share a passion for research, fostering a supportive community.
  2. Mentorship: Access experienced faculty mentors who provide guidance in shaping research projects and offer valuable insights.
  3. Research Skills Enhancement: Develop essential skills such as literature review, study design, statistical analysis, and scientific writing.
  4. Presentation Opportunities: Present your research findings at conferences, symposiums, and poster sessions, refining your presentation and communication abilities both locally and on a broader scale.

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The CaseCAT program

The dental school’s CaseCAT Program is an opportunity for students to review research literature with a focused clinical question, and present a CAT (Critically-Appraised Topic), in poster form, to students and faculty in a competition. This is a great way to get experience with reading science for a specific purpose, and to learn how to present your findings to others (after all, we’ll be doing it for our patients!).

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Getting involved in Dental Research

Excited to dive into research opportunities? Here's how to get involved:

  1. Join the SRG: Access research opportunities, mentorship, and a vibrant dental research community by becoming a member of the School of Dentistry SRG. 
  2. Connect with Faculty Mentors: Reach out to faculty members whose research interests align with yours for guidance and collaboration. 
  3. Attend SOD Research Events: Explore ongoing research at Research Day, SRG events, and school-sponsored seminars. 
  4. Contribute to CaseCAT Studies: Participate in ongoing projects or lead your own case-control study within the CaseCAT program.

Date Event
Early October Meet the Mentor
October / November Hinman Student Research Symposium
January - February Resident Lecture Series
Late February/ early March Research Day: Student Research and CaseCAT Competition
Second week of March ADEA (American Dental Education Association) Annual Session
Second week of March AADOCR (American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research) Annual Session: Student Competition for Advancing Dental Research and its Application (SCADA)
First week of April Oregon Dental Conference
Monthly (see SOD Events calendar) Dean's Seminar

Research Day

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Research Day is held in late February or early March every year. Click the title above to find out important dates.

Poster tips

  • The preferred poster size is 48 in. width x 36 in. height. The poster paper roll is 36 inches across, so one of your poster dimensions needs to be 36 inches.
  • Keep the poster mostly white with some color. Color-heavy posters take longer and more resources to print.
  • PowerPoint, view your poster at 400% magnification. It will give you a better idea of how your graphics will look when printed in the large format.

Need a poster printed? Reach out to the Office of Research at