Whether you are a relatively new member of the dental school faculty or an established researcher, the School of Dental Medicine and UB have a variety of services available to help support you and your research.
Begin to develop your laboratory (if you are a bench scientist) and/or clinical capabilities for the performance of your research
Work with your primary mentor to understand the lab/clinic’s current research goals and capabilities, and how you fit into that picture.
Understand what is expected by your supervisors. Ask your supervisor about your regular responsibilities in the near-term and how they expect you to increase those responsibilities over some agreed-upon timeframe.
If you want students to work with you on your research project, consider what type of students you want.
Talk with the program directors in one or more of the advanced education programs for recommendations about students who are looking for a research project. Be clear about whether you have funding for a student stipend and tuition, and whether you want someone part-time or full-time.
Contact the Dental Student Research Group and offer to be a research mentor.
Start with UB’s Student Advising Services, particularly the pre-health group and its associated pre-health clubs.
Some departments support their own grant administrators, while other departments share an administrator on a part-time basis. We recommend that you check with your department chair for the name and contact information of the grant administrator in your department. The University’s office of Sponsored Projects Services also provides many grant administrative services, but does not prepare purchase requisitions or personnel appointments. When in doubt, contact the Associate Dean for Research.
It can be a good idea to change the specific focus of your research, particularly if you have hit a long “dry spell” without research funding. But how do you do that without affecting your scholarly productivity or the support of people in your laboratory? Think carefully about a new or modified research focus. For example:
One way to maintain your scholarly productivity, while plotting your new course, is to do an extensive literature search that links your more traditional research area with the new area. This literature search should then be prepared as a manuscript for submission to a scientific journal. Good review articles tend to be frequently cited and can improve the journal’s and your own “impact factor.”