The Undergraduate and Professional Student Training in Advanced Research Techniques (UPSTART) Program provides an opportunity for eligible dental, dental hygiene, as well as pre-dental and pre-graduate undergraduate students to be involved and trained in research at the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry.
The program is designed to initiate students in research by pairing with research mentors, teaching general laboratory safety, and instilling essential research skills through hands-on learning. The research experience is provided under the mentorship of a School of Dentistry faculty member who is actively engaged in research. The program promotes learning through peer interactions via group meetings and seminars on a variety of training topics.
Additional goals of the UPSTART program are:
Only students who are in good academic standing are eligible for the UPSTART program. Participation in the UPSTART program is on a voluntary basis. Dental and dental hygiene students will be given preference over other types of students. The selection of students to participate in the UPSTART program will be made by the Associate Dean for Research at the recommendation of the School of Dentistry Research Advisory Council.
The UPSTART program has several components as described below:
Each student is expected to abide by these guidelines:
Each faculty mentor is expected to abide by these guidelines:
Before a student will be given credit for completion of his/her UPSTART program the following requirements must be met:
The student must present an oral seminar based on his/her research findings in the “UPSTART Symposium” organized at the end of the UPSTART program.
The dental students must provide a firm commitment to present his/her results at the School of Dentistry Research Day. The other type of students participating in the UPSTART program are welcome to present their research at this event.
The UPSTART program provides a limited number of stipends to dental and undergraduate students. A student must apply to request this stipend. Each application will be evaluated by the School of Dentistry Research Advisory Council. The School of Dentistry Research Advisory Council will recommend the top-ranked students to the Associate Dean for Research for awarding the stipends.
(a) Dental Students (Amount of Stipend = $1,000)
(b) Undergraduate Student (Amount of Stipend = $4,000)