Research helps our students advance their critical thinking and problem-solving skills while providing them with experiences that they can build on in post-graduate programs. Research of any type requires students to organize and analyze their data and provides them with opportunities to present their findings at professional meetings and in peer-reviewed publications. Research advances knowledge and provides evidence for the development of clinical treatments and best practices. Research opportunities for our dental students contribute to the development of future clinician scientists.
Entrepreneurship and innovation are part of our WesternU DNA, and we encourage lifelong learning and discovery for both faculty and students. The Office of Research & Biotechnology offers faculty the opportunity to apply for funding in the form of seed grants and intramural/internal grants. We also offer students the opportunity to apply for Summer Research grants and to participate in valuable summer research opportunities. See the information for faculty below and see the information for students under Summer Research.
The annual Student Technology and Research Symposium (STRS) is the culmination of a year’s worth of professional education and a summer of research under the direction of a faculty researcher. Research topics can span all health care disciplines. Research is part of teaching our health care professionals how to find the facts that lead to wise health care decisions. Nothing can replace the experience of first-hand knowledge of the experimentation, study, literature searching, and review of the methods used to create scientific conclusions, and then presenting their findings in a clear and concise manner. Students are given five minutes to present and five minutes to answer questions.
Student researchers are required to submit an abstract, but they can choose whether they would like to present their research project at the STRS Symposium or at another research forum/conference.
Prior Year Awards*
The top ten best written abstracts will receive a prize of $100 and a certificate
The top oral presentations will be awarded as follows:
- One 1st place award – $500 and a certificate of award
- Two 2nd place awards – $300 and a certificate of award
- Three 3rd place awards – $150 and a certificate of award
WesternU Summer Research Program
The Office of Research & Biotechnology partners with WesternU Colleges to allow students from all disciplines to participate in an annual Summer Research Program. Students learn valuable research techniques and gain experience in Bench Research, Translational Research, Clinical Research, or Behavioral and Social Science Research. No prior research experience is necessary to apply, and students learn there is no limit to what they might learn and accomplish.