USC University of Southern California

Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC

2018 Dental Explorers Program & Application

The one-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.

If accepted into the program, there will be a $50 fee to secure your spot. No stipend is provided and all 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 healthcare facility, all faculty, staff and students (including Dental Explorer participants) 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 take place from Monday, July 16, 2018 through Friday, July 20, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily.

Enrollment is strictly limited and the deadline for application is Friday, June 1, 2018.

Click here for the 2018 DEP Application