Dental Student Research Program

The University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics has the most accomplished student research program in the country.

  • Participation

    With over 40 dental students participating in the program, approximately one-eighth of all dental students participate in any given semester. Around one-third of all dental students at Iowa spend at least one year participating in the program. Among all institutions in the National Student Research Group, Iowa had the greatest percentage of student members for 2018-2019.  

  • Accomplishments

    Graduates of the program learn how evidence and research makes a difference in all areas of dentistry—whether in private practice or in academic or clinical research. 

  • Productivity

    In 2021, dental student researchers had 16 publications, 13 of which with a dental student as the first author. 

Hannah Klaassen

Hannah Klaassen ('21 DDS)

Klaassen's research on patient satisfaction and improving the patient experience helped improve the patient experience at Iowa.

Frankie Chyi

Frankie Chyi ('20 DDS)

Chyi's work examined how to improve patient care for low-income patients.

Program Administrators

Teresa Marshall

Teresa Marshall

Co-Director
Student Research Program

Satheesh Elangovan

Satheesh Elangovan

Co-Director
Student Research Program

Susan McKernan

Susan McKernan

Assistant Director
Student Research Program

Sheila Britton

Sheila Britton

Program Administrator
Student Research Program