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. Gerard Kugel, 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 IADR due to DRA September 21, 2018
- Presenting your abstract at the Bates Andrews Research Day in 2019
- Upon abstract acceptance attending the IADR meeting in Vancouver, Canada, June 19-22, 2019
- 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 $1,000.00 to travel to and complete the research at the selected site. If you are a Dean’s Research Scholar, you will not receive this stipend as you are required to do research as part of your scholarship.
Here is a little bit of information about each research site:
Seefeld, Germany – 3M Oral Care: This has been the longest-running site in our program. Students who visit 3M Oral Care stay in a local bed and breakfast close to the 3M lab. Seefeld is a nice, rural town just some miles west of Munich. It is located in the southern part of Germany with several lakes in the area, also the Alps are close by. The R&D lab covers all aspects of dental materials, spanning from impression materials, (resin) cements, glass ionomer and composite restorative materials to preventive products. Your research may fall into one of those categories.
- Sangita Murali D’18 – Fracture forces of various CAD/CAM ceramic anterior three-unit bridges
- Sunny Gaudet D’18 – Pairwise comparison of initial hydrophilicity of impression materials
- Alisha Anand D’18 – Depth of Cure and Esthetics of Bulk-Fill Composites
- Sahar Mostafavi D’17 – Early Flexural Strength of Temporary Crown and Bridge Materials
- Alissa Mariano D’16 – Irradiance comparison of various curing lights under different distance positioning
- Rachel Cohen D’16 – Comparison of Initial Stickiness of Glass Ionomer Restoratives
- 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
- 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
- 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:
- Gregory Monfette D’18 – Depth of cure of bulk fill composites with monowave and polywave curing lights
- Aaron Lalonde D’18 – Shear Bond and Compressive strength of an amalgam alternative restorative material
- Jacob Donohue D’17 – Hydraulic Conductance of Human Dentin Treated with Silver Fluoride
- Timothy Reichheld D’18 – Observational Staining Properties of Silver Fluoride on Dental Materials
- Shankeertha Sundaralingam D’16 – Comparison of DOC and Hardness in Composite Bulk Fill Products & Comparison of Volumetric Shrinkage in Bulk Fill Composite Materials
- Samantha Keck D’16 – Effect of pretreatment with silver fluoride/potassium iodide on dentin bonding
2014 – This site was under renovations during the 2014 summer and was not able to accept students.
- 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
- 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 Staining of Composite Bonded with Resin and RMGI Adhesives
Milford, Delaware – Dentsply: 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:
- Sahar Mostafavi D’17 and Michelle Ta D’17 – Repetitive Deflection of Luting Cements Between Dentin and Celtra Duo
- 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
- 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
- David Nill D’13 and Ashley Brown D’13 – Consistency and Extrusion Force of Different Retraction Paste Materials
Orange County, CA – Kerr: Orange County is a about an hour southeast of Los Angeles, CA and 20 minutes to Disneyland. Students who attend this site stay at a hotel in close proximity to the Kerr Laboratory. Kerr has many restorative dental products, so your research project would be based around these materials. The past students and projects have been:
- Christopher Beninati D’16 and William Brown D’16 – Microleakage and Voids of Bulk-Fill Restorations Using Various Composite Systems
- 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
Wehrheim, Germany – Heraeus Kulzer: Wehrehim is a small rural town 30 minutes south of Frankfurt. Students who attend this site fly into Frankfurt pick up a rental car and drive to Wehrheim. While at the site you will stay at a local bed and breakfast that is close to the Heraeus Kulzer laboratory. Kulzer produces composites, teeth whitening, impression systems, desensitizers, and bonding solutions so your research will probably be centered on these materials. The past students and projects have been:
- Christina Penn D’16 – In-vitro Adhesive Bond Strength of Cements using iBOND® Universal
- Jonathan Bishop D’16 – In-vitro Universal Adhesive Bond Strength Testing Five Core Build-up Materials
For additional information on how to apply, please see the section below on How to Apply, or contact Katie Dunn, Program Manager in Dental Research Administration at Katie.Dunn@tufts.edu or 617 636-2745.
Applicants must be D19, D20, or D21s at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, during the 2017-2018 academic school year.
Applicants must be in good academic standing and prior research experience.
For First, Second, and Third Year Students:
Online application deadline: June 8, 2018, 5pm
Travel Program notifications sent: Approximately end of June 2018
IADR abstract due to DRA: September 21, 2018, 5pm
How to Apply
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.
Students will be informed if their application acceptance or rejection approximately June 2018.
For questions or additional application materials, contact:
Katie Dunn, Program Manager