Activities and Organizations
Student activities and organizations play an important role in student governance at the Dental School.
Students are elected or appointed to serve on several important committees of the school including the Dental Council, which has the responsibility for establishing policies with respect to academic matters. Council responsibilities include student affairs, undergraduate dental education, graduate clinical education, continuing education, and research. Each class elects a representative to the Dental Council.
Among the committees and other groups that include student representatives, are the following:
Organizations and Committees
- Ambroise Paré Society
- American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Council of Students
- American Student Dental Association (ASDA), UConn Chapter
- Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA) Mission of Mercy
- Connecticut State Special Olympics/Special Smiles
Dental students are responsible for organizing and conducting the ‘Special Smiles’ program and the annual state Special Olympics program which is usually held the second weekend in June. There is a potential for other activities throughout the year. The program is coordinated by a third-year dental student.
- Crest Smiles
- Dental Senate
- Dental Student Research Society
- Disabilities and Chronic Conditions Interest Group (DCCIG)
- GIVE KIDS A SMILE®
- Honor Code Board
- Medical Dental Student Government (MDSG) Central and Social Committees
- Migrant Farm Workers
This program is accomplished in conjunction with the medical students. Dental students organize and provide oral health screenings and education for migrant workers at farms throughout Connecticut. Patients requiring emergent dental care are referred to community heath centers through the Hispanic Health Council. The program is conducted in the summer months. The program is coordinated by a first-year dental student.
- My Sisters’ Place
- National/International Service Program
Dental students are responsible for organizing and conducting a dental service project outside of the State of Connecticut. Past programs have included Peru, Haiti, Trinidad-Tobago, and South Africa. Current on-going, established projects include Chile, Paraguay, Belize, and Montana. These projects are considered to be externships and are usually conducted in the second half of the third year. New pilot projects are encouraged. The program is coordinated by a third-year dental student.
- Orthodontic and Craniofacial Interest Group
- Parking Committee
- Pediatric Dentistry Interest Group
Alaska Regional Health Consortium Mission
This is a project that for prosthodontic and oral and maxillofacial surgery residents to provide definitive care to the underserved of the State of Alaska. The program is coordinated by the Division of Prosthodontics.
- South Park Inn Dental Clinic
This program is accomplished in conjunction with the medical students. Dental students organize and provide oral health screenings and education for the men, women, and children that reside at the homeless shelter. Patients requiring emergent dental care are referred to School of Dental Medicine clinics. The program is conducted in fall through spring months. The program is coordinated by a third-year dental student.
- Student National Dental Association/Hispanic Student Dental Association (SNDA/HSDA)
- Confidential Help and Information for Professional Students (CHIPS)
- Commencement Committee
- Council on Education
- Quality Measurement and Improvement Committee (QMI)
- Student Evaluations and Appeals Committee (SEAC)