USC University of Southern California

Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC

2017 Dental Explorers Program & Application

The two-week USC Dental Explorers Program (DEP) offers an exciting learning opportunity for exceptionally motivated undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students.  The goal of this program is to assist in the development of a diverse pool of future professionals by introducing talented students, especially those from historically underrepresented, low socioeconomic and/or disadvantaged backgrounds to the dental profession. Priority consideration is given to college freshman, sophomores, and juniors.

The curriculum includes team building exercises, clinic shadowing experiences, a variety of hands-on clinical exercises and lectures on topical dentistry issues. All participants are expected to attend all sessions of the program and keep a daily journal of activities. A luncheon reception for participants and their parent(s) or guardian(s) will be held on the final day of the program.

There is a $50 application fee for the program and no stipend is provided.  Participants are required to provide their own lodging, transportation and cover any parking fees and other personal costs.  A $5.00 lunch voucher, accepted only at on-campus dining venues will be provided daily.

Because the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC is a health care facility, all faculty, staff and students (including Dental Explorer students) are required to agree and adhere to the school’s dress and behavior standards. These standards require a professional appearance and demeanor at all times. Non-complying participants will be dismissed from the program.  Specific information regarding these standards will be provided upon acceptance.

The program will begin on July 17, 2017 through July 28, 2017 (Monday through Friday only).  The program will run from 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily.

Enrollment is strictly limited and the deadline for application is Friday, June 2, 2017.

Phone Interview Process:

Students considered highly for a position in the program must go through a phone interview appointment. Phone interviews will be conducted within a week following the application deadline.

Letter of Recommendation:

At least one letter of recommendation from a teacher/professor or advisor/counselor is highly recommended, but not required. The letter must mention why he or she feels you would be an ideal student for this program. The recommendation may also focus on your academic performance, leadership qualities, and special skills and talents.  It is best to have the letter enclosed in a sealed envelope with the application.

Age Requirement:

All participants must be 18 years or older.

Please send letter of recommendation and $50 application fee to:

Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC
Office of Admissions and Student Affairs
Attn: Saul Rios
Dental Explorers Program
925 West 34th Street, DEN 201
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0641

Please make check or money order payable to
USC School of Dentistry. In the memo, write
“2017 Dental Explorers Program.”

For any inquiries, please contact Saul Rios
Phone: (213) 740-2851

Apply here!
Deadline: Friday, June 2, 2017 before 5:00 pm (Pacific Time)