Summer Research Projects

Approximately 6-8 Research Scholarships are available to support basic science, and clinical and public health research projects carried out in the summer by McGill undergraduate dental students currently in Dent-P, DMD 1, DMD 2.

Students wishing to participate in this program must submit an application (see below). All McGill undergraduate summer research dental students (including Dent-P) doing original research (i.e. not literature reviews) will present posters at the Graduate Annual Research Day (usually held in April). As a requirement, students must deliver a poster presentation of their summer research at this event. Abstracts and posters will be judged for the Hinman Prize which covers expenses to attend and present their work at the Hinman Student Research Symposium held in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, and a second-place prize awarded by the Faculty of Dentistry

To be in this program and to qualify for this award, the research work must be completed under the supervision of a full-time or a part-time academic staff member of McGillUniversity, preferably associated with the Faculty of Dentistry. At the end of the summer, students should begin preparing their summary abstract and poster presentation that describes the results of their summer research – for their April poster presentation. Professors and/or graduate student/postdoc supervisors are encouraged to attend the presentation events in support of the student and the research work.

Period of research: 8 wks (thus, targeted to Dent-P, 1st and 2nd yr students where this 8-wk period of time is available in July and August).

Student stipend: To be determined (approx. $1,000 per mo.)

Application: The application form is included here. Send the completed and signed forms in a single PDF by email, to: Marlene Balena research1.dentistry [at]

Deadline: Please return the completed applications to Mrs. Balena no later than Friday April 2, 2021.

NOTE: Should there be more applicants than positions we can fund, submissions will be evaluated competitively and ranked. Applicants will be informed of the decision a few weeks after the submission deadline.

Only one application per student is allowed, with 2 choices of projects listed.



Our available projects are located below. Please select your first and second choice and complete the application form below.

A second page may be added describing any additional information about yourself or the proposed research project that you feel would be of interest in the evaluation of your application. Please let us know if you have had any previous research experience, if you have been an author or co-author on any published abstracts and/or scientific papers, etc. and unofficial transcript.

Return the completed and signed application form by email by Friday April 2, 2021 to Mrs. Marlene Balena (research1.dentistry [at]

If the program has more applications than it can fund (which is usually the case), decisions will be made based on factors such as cGPA, experience in research, comments from the supervisor, the nature of the project and the training environment, and the availability of funds from the Faculty and from the supervisor.


Please consult this document for more information about the available specific research projects, including project descriptions and student responsibilities.

Supervisor: Dr. Thomas Nguyen
Project title: Dental implant detection and classification using a convolutional neural network

Supervisor: Dr. Maryam Tabrizian
Project title: RGD Modified Chitosan-Hydroxyapatite Sponge for the Delivery of Mesenchymal Stem Cells-Derived Extracellular Vesicles in Bone Tissue Engineering

Supervisor: Dr. Pascaline Kengne Talla
Project title: Teledentistry to improve access to dental care: A survey among dental’ students

Supervisor: Dr. Alissa Levine
Project title: Indigenous fieldwork during the Covid-19 pandemic: process and challenges

Supervisor: Dr. Firoozeh Samim
Project title: Efficacy of Platelet Rich Fibrin Injections in comparison to Low-Level Light Therapy in Patients with Temporomandibular Joint disorders including osteoarthritis

Supervisor: Dr. Ana Velly
Project title: The risk of cancer among opioid users – a review
Project title: Exploring the association between socio and economic factors on the transition from acute to chronic temporomandibular disorders: a scope review.

Supervisor: Dr. Simon Tran
Project title: The optimization of the Egg White-Alginate (EWA) hydrogel for 3D tissue engineering




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