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Undergraduate Research Program

The Undergraduate Research Program is a 10-week biomedical research experience with a faculty member in the Texas A&M School of Dentistry.


The purpose of the program is to give undergraduate students from any institution, who have an interest in pursuing a future career in biomedical research related to dentistry, the opportunity to work in a laboratory and perform a research project during the summer. This is an opportunity to do research and not a means of getting into dental school. The principle goals of the summer research program are 1) to enhance the educational experience of the undergraduate students, and 2) to encourage and facilitate the development of a future generation of scientist and educators interested in dental research.

The 10-week program consists of students working closely with Texas A&M University School of Dentistry faculty on research projects in basic or clinical science disciplines. This is a mentored training program, which presents the student trainee the opportunity to gain insight into the development and implementation of biomedical research, learn how to write a proposal for a specific scientific question, conduct the research, and present the project results in poster or oral format. Matching of selected participants with faculty mentors conducting research in their area of interest provides a tailored research experience. Faculty mentors are located on the School of Dentistry campus in Dallas, Texas.

Students will participate in weekly seminars on Responsible Conduct in Research, learn principles of scientific investigation, receive training in the ethical aspects of human and animal experimentation, and attend scientific seminars.

Program Dates

Application Deadline: February 9, 2024

Program Dates: May 28, 2024 - August 2, 2024

For more information, please contact Dr. Shannon F. Kramer at


The objectives of this program are substantial and rigorous and require full-time student commitment. In order to complete their research projects, participants must work a minimum of 40 hours a week for the 10 weeks of the program. Participants will present their projects at the School of Dentistry's Student Scholars & Research Day held in April of each year.

Financial Support

The program will provide a $3000 stipend for select participants through the Office of Research and Graduate Studies from the generosity of Baylor Oral Health Foundation. Funding is limited and we do not guarantee a position for all of the applicants. Please note that the Dallas Campus does not have dormitories. Housing is the responsibility of the participant.


The Summer Undergraduate Research Program application consists of the following:

  • Official Transcript(s)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Student Application
  • Student must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident (Permanent Card must be provided)

Please send completed forms to:

Shannon F. Kramer, PhD

Texas A&M School of Dentistry
Office of Research and Graduate Studies
3302 Gaston Avenue
Dallas, TX 75246