Dean’s Scholars Program

Dean's Scholar

Support for a Budding Academic Career

HSDM has a distinguished history of preparing individuals to meet the national and international need for trained researchers, educators, administrators, and public policy advisers. The School’s alumni currently serve in a number of capacities in academic life, including full-time researchers and educators, as well as deans and department chairs.

Yet HSDM is unique in this focus. The shortage of individuals who choose full-time careers in academia has resulted in a critical dearth of faculty in dental schools nationwide. To ensure the success of the next generation of individuals interested in full-time academic careers, HSDM established the Dean’s Scholars program in 2002. These scholarships provide protected time for outstanding individuals to develop and refine the skills necessary for future success in academics and research. A typical program for a Dean’s Scholar consists of four days a week in research and research development and one day in teaching, patient care, or other related activities.

Program Success

In the first 10 years of the program, HSDM funded 34 Dean’s Scholars; 32 of the 34 have remained in academia (two are in biotechnology).