Research Travel Program

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Eligibility
Application Dates
How to Apply
Selection Process
Notification
Additional information

About the Program

Students have been participating in the Research Travel Program at Tufts Dental School for more than ten years.  For a link to an article written on the program, please click here.

Every student interested in participating in the Research Travel Program must hold a valid US passport, enabling them to travel internationally, and be comfortable driving a rental car internationally.

Your application will be judged by members of Dental Research Administration.  Judging criteria will include timeliness of your application, ability to follow application directions, previous research experience and how your previous experience relates to the proposed protocol, knowledge of the sponsor corporation and its product line (might include background research), and educational background.  Decisions will be made as soon as possible, following a review of the submitted application.  There are multiple locations included in the Research Travel Program; the sites will be finalized after you submit your application.  One or two students will be chosen for each site. You can select your preference on your application but we have the right to make the final decision as to which site you will be selected for.

The research you will be conducting will take place off site but you still need to apply for an exemption through the Institutional Review Board (IRB). The faculty advisor, Dr. Ronald Perry, is responsible for submitting the required paperwork to the IRB; you will be required to assist in this process.  Applying to the IRB will take place after you have been notified your application was accepted

Being chosen to participate in the Research Travel Program will be your summer research project.  Students who are chosen to participate must notify Research Administration of their acceptance or rejection of the program within five days after receiving their invitation.  Once you accept participation in this program you cannot change your mind after the fact.  If that does occur, you will not be allowed to participate in the program in future years.  Accepting participation requires the following tasks; these items are non-negotiable:

  • Traveling to the selected site to conduct research.
  • Providing feedback on your experience
  • Preparing your abstract for submission to the AADR due to DRA September 25, 2015.
  • Presenting your abstract at the Bates Andrews Research Day in 2016.
  • Upon abstract acceptance attending the AADR meeting in Los Angeles, CA – March 16-19 2016.

The expenses incurred from traveling to these sites are paid for by the University.  Expenses come with restrictions which will be outlined for you before the trip.  Your flight will be pre-paid but you will be expected to cover all of your expenses during your trip personally.  Once you return you will be reimbursed one month after you hand in all of your allowable itemized receipts.  Each selected student will receive a stipend of $1,200.00 to travel to and complete the research at the selected site.

Here is a little bit of information about each research site:

Seefeld, Germany – 3M ESPE:  This has been the longest-running site in our program.  Students who visit 3M ESPE stay in a local bed and breakfast close to the 3M ESPE lab.  Seefeld is a small rural town in the southwest portion of Germany, a couple of hours outside of Munich.  The facility makes impression materials and glass ionmers, so your research at this facility will most likely be based around these materials.  The past students and projects have been:

2014

  • Amanda M. Merikas D’15 – Effect of Coatings on Surface Hardness of Glass Ionomer Cements
  • Jessie Reisig D’16 – Direct Pairwise Comparison of Initial Hydrophilicity of Unset Impression Materials
  • Jessie Reisig D’16 and  Amanda Merikas D’15 – A New Side-by-Side Initial Hydrophilicity Comparison of Impression Materials Technique

2013

  • Courtney Michelson D’14 – Compressive Strength Comparison: New Self-adhesive Bulkfill Material to Restorative Materials
  • Lindsay Fox D’15 – Elastic Recovery of Light-Bodied Impression Materials at Different Working Times
  • Michelle Tsao D’14 – Influence of Air/Vinylpolysiloxane on Residual Layers of Temporization Materials

2012

  • Julianna Bair D’13 – Shear Bond Strength of Resin Cements to Dentin and Enamel
  • Sapan Bhatt D’14 – Shore Hardness and Temperature of VPS Materials During Setting

Melbourne, Australia – Southern Dental Industries (SDI):  This facility is our second longest-running site.  Students who travel to Australia stay in a hotel close to the SDI facility.  Melbourne is the second most populous city in Australia.  This trip typically last for two weeks at the end of August; students return to the States just before the next school year.  The past students and projects have been:

2014 – This site was under renovations during the 2014 summer and was not able to accept students.  They believe they will be able to host students during the 2015 summer.

2013

  • Michael Kreitzer D’14 – Strength Testing of Various Cements and Restorative Materials
  • Sapan Bhatt D’14 – Erosion of Conventional Glass Ionomer Cements in Lactic Acid Solution
  • Michael Kreitzer D’14 and Sapan Bhatt D’14 – Depth of Cure and Radiopacity of Select Composites

2012

  • Michael Neglia D’13 – Comparing Composite Wear Rates in Simulated Oral Media
  • Nick Freda D’13 – Comparison of Polymerization Stress using RMGI Bond and Resin Adhesive
  • Michael Neglia D’13 and Nick Freda D’13 – Marginal Stainings of Composite Bonded with Resin and RMGI Adhesives

Halifax, Canada – Dalhousie University:  This facility is at Dalhousie University with Dr. Richard Price.  Dr. Price works closely with Tufts students on a variety of research projects.  Lately, his research has been centered on curing lights and their effects.  Students who visit this facility stay at the Dalhousie University dorms.  The past students and projects have been:

2014 – This site could not host students during the summer of 2014.  We are hopeful they will be able to host students during the summer of 2015.

2013

  • Hemanth Kunduru D’14 – Effect of Mold Type on Depth of Cure & Effect of Curing Light on Depth of Cure

2012

  • Errol Ramos D’13 – Effect of Magnification Loupes on the Blue Light Hazard: Indirect Viewing
  • Judyth Lee D’14 – Effect of Magnification Loupes on the Blue Light Hazard: Direct Viewing
  • Errol Ramos D’13 and Judyth Lee D’14 – The Effectiveness of Shields in Reducing the Blue Light Hazard

Milford, Delaware – Dentsply:  This facility is the most recent addition to our program. Students get to stay in the Caulk House which is a house set up for visitors of the facility within walking distance of the lab.  Milford is a small rural town about one and a half hours outside of Baltimore, not too far from Delaware beaches. This is an older facility that manufactures restorative products, impression material, composites, cements, and polishing systems.  Your research at this facility will most likely be centered on those materials.  The past students and projects have been:

2014

  • Alissa Mariano D’ 16 – Shear bond evaluation of bonding agents on enamel and dentin
  • Minh Bui D’15 Effect of Curing Distances on the Bulk-Fill Composites

2013

  • Elena Ciciolla D’15 – Comparing Immediate Tear Strength of Elastomeric Impression Materials
  • Jesse Small D’15 – Polyvinyl-Siloxane Impression Materials Performance in a Tensile Strength Test

2012

  • David Nill D’13 and Ashley Brown D’13 – Consistency and Extrusion Force of Different Retraction Paste Materials

Orange County, CA – Kerr:  Kerr has many restorative dental products, so your research project would be based around these materials.

2014

  • Jonathan Bishop D’16 – In-vitro Adhesive Bond Strength of Three Universal Enamel-Dentin Bonding Agents
  • William Brown D’16 – Bond Strength of several Self-Adhesive Cements to Enamel and Dentin

Lompoc, CA – DenMat:  DenMat produces curing and bleaching lights, finishing, polishing, and impression materials, lesion detection scopes, and whitening products to name a few.

2014

  • Rachel Cohen D’16 – Pilot SEM Analysis of Low pH Whitening Agents
  • Elena Ciciolla D’15 – Dental Adhesive Shear Bond Strength:  Comparing Human and Bovine Teeth

Laguna Hills, CA – Sonendo:  Sonendo has developed a root canal therapy system that delivers broad spectrum sonic energy through a disposable dental “handpiece” to the root canal system.

2014

  • Lindsay Fox D’15 – Evaluating NaOCl Penetration into Dentinal Tubules Using GentleWaveTM System

For additional information on how to apply, please see the section below on How to Apply, or contact Katie Dunn, Department Administration in Dental Research Administration, Katie.Dunn@tufts.edu or 617 636-2745.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be D16, D17, or D18s at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, during the 2015-2016 academic school year.
  • Applicants must be in good academic standing and prior research experience.

Application Dates

For First, Second, and Third Year Students:

Online application deadline: May 22, 2015, 5pm
Travel Program notifications sent: Approximately June 2015
IADR abstract due to DRA: September 25, 2015 5pm

How to Apply

Before you download the application make sure you have Adobe Reader version 10 or 11, it is available by a free download just by clicking this link, http://get.adobe.com/reader/. If you open the application without this program your text will not visible to the application review committee. Download and complete the Travel Research Program Application form. Please upload the completed form below, or email it to katie.dunn@tufts.edu.

  • You may also email your form as an attachment to katie.dunn@tufts.edu.

Selection Process

Judging criteria will include timeliness of your application, ability to follow application directions, previous research experience and how your previous experience relates to the proposed protocol, knowledge of the sponsor corporation and its product line (might include background research), and educational background.  Decisions will be made as soon as possible, following a review of the submitted application.  There are multiple locations included in the Research Travel Program.  One or two students will be chosen for each site. You can select your preference on your application but we have the right to make the final decision as to which site you will be selected for.

Notification

Students will be informed if their application acceptance or rejection approximately June 2015.

Additional Information

For questions or additional application materials, contact:

Katie Dunn, Department Administrator
DHS 1513
Katie.Dunn@tufts.edu
(617) 636-2745