School of Dentistry

Summer Dental School Program

Building Bridges to a Career in Dentistry

Summer Dental School Program

Summer Dental School Program

Summer Dental School Experience

The Summer Dental School Experience is a two-week, intensive program that will provide participants hands-on experiences in dentistry, exposure to prerequisite courses and Dental Admissions Test review, health disparities research experience, and workshops designed to enhance academic skills or to teach students more about dentistry.

A maximum of twenty rising undergraduate Juniors and Seniors from disadvantaged backgrounds will participate in the Summer Program on the UMN campus. The 2016 Summer Dental School Experience will take place from July 11-22, 2016 and will include activities from Monday-Friday. Please note that participants will not be receiving stipends this year. Participants are responsible for securing on or off-campus housing and other personal expenses while in program.

  • Structure of Program

    Each Summer Program session will feature about 7-8 hours of structured learning activities per day, plus a break for lunch. Components of the program include the following:

    • Review classes in the core curriculum and prepare for the DAT.
    • Seminars on health disparities and a project focusing on health disparities in Minnesota. Participants will learn more about a health disparity through literature reviews and in class-discussions. Students will present their experiences to dental students and faculty.
    • Hands-on experiences in dentistry to develop psychomotor skills.
    • Learn more about dental school admissions and gain first-hand knowledge of what dental school is like from current dental students.
    • Workshops to enhance test-taking skills.
    • Guest speakers to enhance student understanding of life during dental school, the admissions process, various dental specialties, and research opportunities available at the University of Minnesota.
  • Qualified participants
    • Must be a rising undergraduate Junior or Senior in good academic standing.
    • Must be a US citizen or permanent resident and attend college in the US
    • Strongest consideration will go to students from communities that are historically underrepresented: African Americans, Latinos, American Indians, and other minority groups; individuals from rural areas, first generation college students, and those who are economically disadvantaged. However, all students are welcome to apply.
    • Will have a Math or Science professor or instructor (a teaching assistant in a laboratory course is acceptable) complete the Recommendation Form linked under "Forms" then “References” toward the bottom of this page.
    • Applications will be reviewed by the Project Director/Assistant Dean for Admissions and Diversity and other School of Dentistry Faculty and Staff.
    • Priority goes to Minnesota residents and students who attend college in Minnesota.
  • Application deadline

    APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 1, 2016 (You may submit your application at any time prior to the deadline)

    Please send your completed application materials to us in one of the following ways:

    Fax: 612-624-0882


    School of Dentistry, Office of Admissions and Diversity
    ATTN: Building Bridges
    15-163 Moos Health Science Tower
    515 Delaware Street S.E.
    Minneapolis, MN 55455

  • Questions

    If you have questions, please contact:

    Admissions and Diversity Staff: 612-625-7477

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