I have been working on a research project (on Alzheimer's) for more than a year and just got it submitted last week. I am one of the authors in this paper. My question is: if the paper gets accepted, does it increase my chance of getting in a lot? Or do dental schools even care about research or papers published? The reason i'm asking is b/c this is my first paper and i'm very excited about it. Also, since my GPA is not as comparative (3.34 currently). I'll take my DAT in July 15th. Does that consider late if I want to be on the first batch of interviews? Any thoughts and feedbacks will be greatly appreciated!