Research Education in Oral Health Sciences (REOHS) Program

research education in oral health sciences

2023 Program Dates

June 5, 2023 – August 4, 2023

The 9-week Research Education in Oral Health Sciences program has two goals:

  1. Encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds to pursue further studies or careers in research;
  2. Increase representation in the oral health sciences.

Housed in NYU Dentistry’s research labs and facilities, REOHS will provide an immersive summer experience through research, professional and educational workshops, and faculty and peer mentorship.

Program Offerings

  • Direct match with faculty research mentors at NYU Dentistry
  • Classroom instruction in general research content, the responsible conduct of research, principles of translational research and introduction to clinical dentistry
  • Hands-on research experience
  • Individualized learning and career development opportunities
  • Peer mentorship from current dental students
  • Housing for select students
  • Stipend
  • Poster presentation

Eligibility Requirements

Newly graduated high school students (class of 2022 or 2023) or current undergraduate students from:

  • Disadvantaged backgrounds (eg, Pell Grant eligible, first-generation college students)
  • Underrepresented race/ethnicities in the health professions:
    • African American
    • Hispanic/Latin-x
    • Native American
    • Pacific Islander

Required Application Materials

  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • One Recommendation Letter
  • Personal Statement

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement & Safety Measures

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, NYU has in place ongoing public health measures and requirements to ensure the safety of all University community members. As enrolled students in a summer program, all REOHS Program students coming to campus in person or participating in any in-person University-sponsored activities (whether on or off campus) must adhere to University guidelines and policies.   

Below are highlights of these policies as of February 2023. More information, including updates as the pandemic evolves, can be found on the NYU COVID-19 Information website.  Students will also receive COVID-19-related information via NYU email and at their program orientation.

Vaccination Requirement

All students are required to be fully vaccinated and boosted with an FDA-authorized or WHO-listed vaccine and must upload vaccination records to the NYU Student Health Center portal before the start of their program.  Students who are not compliant with the vaccination requirement will not have access to campus buildings, facilities, or NYU-sponsored activities (both on and off campus), and may be de-enrolled from their program or face other serious consequences.

Students participating in an online program who will not be on campus in person or participate in any in-person University-sponsored activities (such as internships, practicums, field placements, immersion experiences, field trips, and events) at any time during the summer do not need to submit proof of vaccination.

Students may request an exemption from the vaccination requirement for medical or religious reasons. Review of exemption requests takes approximately ten business days, so please submit your request with adequate time for review before the start of a program.

Other COVID-19 Protocols

As of February 2023, there are a few protocols in place for the health and safety of the community.  These include the Violet Go Pass to enter any campus building or University-sponsored activity, optional masking, and reporting positive cases and isolating at home if ill or testing positive for COVID-19.  Up-to-date information on University campus health protocols can be found on the NYU COVID-19 Information website.


For more information, please contact

The REOHS program is funded by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH): R25DE032528 (2022-2027); MPI, Lorel E. Burns, DDS, MS and Rodrigo Lacruz, PhD.