Originally Posted by a2ndragoon89
I can probably chime in here. I'm going to UMich for their DDS/PhD program. In terms of research experience, I have a summers worth of dental-related research experience involving oral/IV bisphosphonates effect on osteonecrosis of the jaw at UCSF, 1 year honors research with a molecular and cellular biology lab involving nuclear transportation of proteins in C. elegans at UCDavis, and 1.5 year as a junior specialist in charge of developing protocols to make recombinant monoclonal antibodies for NeuroMab. Any research is fine, but pursuing a DDS/PhD program requires the applicants to have extensive research because those that have done it before know how much BS is involved and why some experiments fail/succeed is sometimes all luck. Any research is fine but I think it's up to you to make it worthwhile. Research as an undergraduate will help, but these programs are looking for people with lots of experience since it's a very long road to travel.
yeah, wow... I see that you have an extensive research experience. I have about 2.5 years of research experience at pharmacology lab, worked on a project, had a poster presentation, and wrote a senior thesis. In addition, I will be working as a NIH IRTA at a lab for a year or two. Hopefully, my experience bring me some chance...
But what happens when you get rejected from DDS PHD? Could I be reconsidered as a DDS only applicant?? I see that you were a cali resident but was rejected from UCSF DDS PHD but still got into Mich DDS PHD despite being an out of state student. (btw this is amazing!!) I am also very interested in going into academia and specialty without doing Ph.D.