Research Day 2023

An annual celebration of the cutting-edge research at the School of Dentistry including a keynote, poster presentations, and awards



10:30am - 12:00pm

Poster and Exhibitor Session 1

Program Booklet
Morning Session Poster List
Location: Michigan League 2nd Floor

1:00pm - 2:30pm

Keynote Presentation, Rena D'Souza, DDS, MS, PhD

Director National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
Research Day Nominated Faculty/Staff Awards Ceremony

Location: School of Dentistry - Kellogg Auditorium

2:30pm - 4:00pm

Poster and Exhibitor Session 2

Afternoon Session Poster List
Location: Michigan League 2nd Floor

Keynote Speaker

Rena D'Souza, D.D.S, M.S., Ph.D.

Rena D'Souza, D.D.S, M.S., Ph.D.

Director, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
Title: Oral Health for All: Realizing the Promise of Science

Research Day Nominated Awards
Awardees in the following categories will be announced directly after the keynote talk. 

Poster Competition/Exhibitor Session

Awards and Eligibility for 2023 Research Day Competition

Category & Eligibility Category 1
Clinical, Public Health, Behavioral and Education Research
Category 2
Basic Science Research and Translational Science
Degree Seeking students: DDS, Hygiene, Masters and Undergrad students 1st - 3rd Place Awards 1st - 3rd Place Awards
PhD Students (DDS/PhD), Postdoctoral Trainees and Staff 1st - 3rd Place Awards 1st - 3rd Place Awards
SCADA/Dentsply Award
Eligibility - D1, D2 or D3 or DDS/PhD only
1st Place - Goes to top ranked score of current DDS or DDS/PhD eligible student
Award: Expenses paid for presenting at AADR (membership, registration, hotel, flight)
AADR Student Travel Award: Enrolled student who has an approved abstract to present at AADR Top Research Day Finalist who is also traveling to present at AADR/IADR in 2023
Travel support
Dental Hygiene Awards 1st and 2nd place Award

Judging Criteria for Poster Competition









  • Is data being presented scientifically sound and statistically significant?
  • Does the research present a creative, innovative approach to the
  • question(s) being asked by the research?
  • Is the research timely and important?
  • Was the presenter able to respond to the judges’ questions regarding
  • their presentation effectively?
  • Are the limitations and assumptions underpinning the work presented discussed?
  • Are future directions of the research being presented discussed? 
  • Does the presenter know why the research being presented is important?


  • Was the hypothesis clearly stated?
  • Was sufficient background knowledge provided?
  • Were the methods used in the research clearly outlined?
  • Did the presenter demonstrate an understanding of their data?
  • Were results presented succinctly?
  • Were the summary and conclusions clear and concise?


  • Was the poster well-organized?
  • Did the presenter have a professional demeanor and appearance? 
  • Was the student present when the poster was being judged? 
  • If presenter is not available, this portion will receive a zero score

Winners will be announced via a schoolwide announcement the Monday following Research Day.