Shaping Minds to Inspire Lead and Explore (S.M.I.L.E. U) serves as an outreach and recruitment tool for eligible 6th – 8th grade students from underrepresented groups by providing early exploration of careers in Dentistry. In addition, S.M.I.L.E. U brings awareness to the academic curriculum and noncognitive skills needed to increase chances of success for undergraduate acceptance and admittance into professional health programs.
The goal of S.M.I.L.E. U is to create interest in participants in pursuance of dentistry as a career choice by teaching them the importance of oral health, the different career options in the dental field, and the steps to successfully gain admittance into dental school as early as possible through targeted, age specific exploration.Additional goals of the S.M.I.L.E. U program are:
All participants must be rising 6th to 8th grade students that fall in one or more of the following categories:
S.M.I.L.E. U has several components as described below:
Each participant is expected to abide by these guidelines:
Before a student will be given credit for completion of the S.M.I.L.E. U program the following requirements must be met: