Research Travel Program

About the Program

Students have been participating in the Research Travel Program at Tufts Dental School for over fifteen 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 passport, enabling them to travel internationally, and be comfortable driving a rental car internationally.  Experience conducting dental materials research at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine is a requirement.

Your application will be judged by members of Dental Research Administration (DRA).  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 DRA 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, 2020
  • Presenting your abstract at the Bates Andrews Research Day in 2021
  • Upon abstract acceptance attending the AADR meeting in Boston, MA, March 17-20, 2021
  • 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.
  • In addition to your travel expenses being covered, each selected student will receive a stipend of $1,000.00 for compensation. 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.  Dean’s Research Scholars are still eligible to have their travel expenses covered.

Research sites change each year, sites might not be available every year.  The list of potential sites for the 2020-2021 academic year will be listed on the Research Travel Program application.  Here are some information about each potential 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.

2019

Alyssa Kotin D’21 – Bonding Performance of an Experimental Universal Adhesive

Melanie Silvestrini D’21 – Mechanical strength of a new dual cure bulk fill composite

2018

Roberta Afutu – Shear Bond Strength of Self-Adhesive Resin Cements after Artificial Aging & Determination of Excess Removability of Self-Adhesive Resin Cements

2017

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

2016

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

2015

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

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:

2019

Zachary Kofos D’20 – Experimental veneer cement.  A comparative study

David Powers D’20 – Modified ISO-4049 Film thickness test method with reduced result scatter

2018

Nancy Epstein D’19 – Riva Star (SDF + KI) Shear Bond Strength Analysis

Syed Hussain D’19 – Shear Bond Strengths of RMGI Luting Cements to Indirect Restorations

2017

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

2016

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

2015

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.

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 Staining of Composite Bonded with Resin and RMGI Adhesives

Halifax, Canada – Dalhousie University:  This site is at Dalhousie University working 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.  The past students and projects have been:

2019 – Supported by 3M Oral Care

Alia Osseiran D’22 – An Evaluation of the Output from Budget Curing Lights

2018 – Supported by 3M Oral Care

Daria Ameri D’19 – Effects of Polishing on Six Brands of Dental Composite

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

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

Eligibility

Applicants must be D21, D22, or D23s at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, during the 2020-2021 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: June 5, 2020, 5pm

  • Travel Program notifications sent: Approximately end of June 2020

AADR abstract due to DRA: September 25, 2020, 5pm

How to Apply

Download and complete the Travel Research Program Application form. Please email the completed form 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 2020.

Additional Information

For questions or additional application materials, contact:

Katie Dunn, Assistant Director of Predoctoral Research

DHS 1513

Katie.Dunn@tufts.edu

(617) 636-2745

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