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Hi everyone. For a long time I thought research was very important for pre-med students, but I thought pre-dental students were not really required to do a research, but I see that many applicants have already done a research and I am kind of scared right now, I did try to get a research by asking my professors but most of them didn't do a research so I just let it go. Now I am in my senior year and to be honest even if I get a research opportunity, I won't be able to commit to it because the courses are getting way harder and require a lot of time.

Guess if you are tired of reading this long introduction ; here is the gist of it is :
I didn't do a research and I wonder if that is going to affect me badly when I apply to dental school next year. (assuming I have a good gpa and dat score(finger-crossed) and somewhat decent volunteering experience) ?
 
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ncide

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Some schools highly value it, others regard it as a positive mark on your application but will not hold it against you if you happened to not participate in research. At my school many were part of research.
 

sarriball

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It's okay if you didn't do a research. A research only shows that you are interested in other things. That's all a research is. With that said, I'm glad I participated in a research though. I learned a lot of valuable things from a research.
 
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shwayne

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Schools that offer combined DDS/PhD programs will value research more than those that do not. Do your a research to determine if a research is valued by a particular school.
 
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