Student life

As a graduate student in the Oral Health Research program you will get to mix and work with students from a variety of programs at VCU. We have a diverse community in the VCU Philips Institute for Oral Health; your lab colleague might be an M.D./Ph.D. student or a graduate student from another school. This will help you build a strong peer network for your future career.  Wherever they are from, our students create a sense of community by bringing a strong work ethic and social camaraderie to everyday life at the Philips Institute.

Our student forum, led by a senior Ph.D. student, is a series of monthly lunches. Students can invite external speakers to address any topic of interest e.g. career development, managing life as a Ph.D. student or simply to seek peer advice. They also get together to discuss their research at our monthly Research in Progress meetings where they can troubleshoot scientific problems and discuss latest results.

Journal club topics are linked to the Philips Institute invited seminar series. Following the seminars, students have lunch with the invited speakers where they can discuss their research and get career advice.

At our annual Research Day in April our graduate students present their work in poster format and compete for the “Best Poster Presentation Award”. This award comes with a trophy, a monetary prize and support to travel to a conference of their choice.