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William Jarvie Research Society
The William Jarvie Research Society (WJRS) is the Columbia chapter of the American Association of Dental Research (AADR) - Student Research Group. Originally organized in 1920 to promote interest in research by dentists and dental students, the WJRS carries forward its mission today through a number of activities that support CDM student research and emphasize the role of research in the development and practice of modern dentistry. Approximately 25% of the students in the DDS program are members. The Jarvie executive committee and faculty advisors work to acquaint interested students with research opportunities at the medical center and beyond. One of the society's goals is to enable every interested Columbia dental student to have a satisfying and productive research experience. There are no attendance requirements to be a member of the Jarvie Research Society however, participation in all events is highly encouraged in order to receive the benefits of membership.
All members of the Jarvie Research Society are eligible for partially subsidized membership in the American Association of Dental Research, the major component of the International Association of Dental Research (IADR) AADR membership allows students to apply for various AADR sponsored research fellowships, subscribe to the Journal of Dental Research at a reduced fee, and attend conferences at reduced registration fees. The national and international AADR/IADR research conferences are exciting opportunities to learn of the latest research and they provide settings that facilitate communication and networking of CDM students with students at other schools as well as with established dental investigators.
What do we do?
Some activities organized by the Jarvie Research Society include:
Prominent faculty members are invited to give a lecture on their current research. This serves as a great way to meet potential mentors. Students are encouraged to ask questions and reach out to the faculty to get involved.
Geared especially towards 1st year students, this event gives practical advice on how to apply for the CDM Student Research fellowship program as well as national fellowships such as the Admerican Assosication of Dental Research (AADR) Student Research Fellowship and other external research opportunities through the National Institute of Health (NIH) and sub-institute, the National Institute of Dental Craniofacial Research (NIDCR).
Residents who need assistance with their research projects give a short presentation of their work. Afterwards, interested students can speak with them and determine whether they can get involved. This is a great way to learn more about a specialty and get to know the faculty/residents here at CDM.
The student editors of the WJRS coordinate the publication of the Jarvie. The Jarvie is published annually, and it contains research abstracts of CDM students to be presented at the Birnberg Research Program in the Spring.
The annual Research Day is a 2-day event that includes table clinic/poster session presentations and the Birnberg Research Lecture delivered by an invited guest lecturer, formal presentation of the Birnberg Research Award. Posters are judged in the following categories for predoctoral students, Basic & Clinical Science, Oral/Public Health & for postdoctoral students, Best Postdoctoral Research. The winner in the predoctoral category in Basic Science will be selected to attend the Hinman Student Research Symposium and the winner in the predoctoral category in Clinical Science will be presented the ADA/DentsPly Clinician Award and attend the ADA Annual Meeting. Predoctoral students in the Oral/Public Health category can attend a national conference of their choice or at the suggestion of their mentor.
Amanda Dewundara, President
Nicholas Nagaki, Vice President
Thomas Choi, Treasurer
Neeraja Nina Prabhakaran, Secretary
Jeffrey Hajibandeh, Editor-in-Chief
Yakov Yakubov, Assistant Editor
Andrew Sugar, Assistant Editor
Jessica Pilloni, Assistant Editor