Honors Progam

Senior Dental Student Honors Program

Honors Program Application Form

Student Teaching

Teaching practicum experiences were made available during the fall and spring semesters of the senior year beginning 2006. This elective provides you with an opportunity to serve as a student-teacher in a lecture or lab course offered during the fall and/or spring semesters of the freshman, sophomore or junior years of the predoctoral curriculum. If you have an interest in pursuing teaching as a career in the future, would like to gain more experience in a particular course, or you would like to enhance your knowledge and skills in preparation for board exams, please consider this option.

You will receive DENT 790 credit for student-teaching and an hourly stipend (subject to budgetary cuts). To be eligible for student-teaching in a particular course, you must have earned a grade of A or B in the course in which you wish to student-teach and you must be performing at an appropriate level in clinic to ensure that your teaching commitment does not jeopardize your attainment of clinic competency prior to graduation.


The following courses may be considered for a student-teaching practicum experience:

Fall Semester

DENT 701-Prevention

DENT 710-Dental Anatomy and Occlusion

DENT 712-Dental Materials

DENT 722-Operative (Tooth-Colored Restorations)

DENT 729-Operative (Indirect Gold & Tooth-Colored Restorations)

DENT 754-Implantology

DENT 756-Fixed Prosthodontics

DENT 763-Periodontics

DENT 773-Advanced Restorations


Spring Semester

DENT 704-Operative (Amalgam)

DENT 705-Biochemistry small groups

DENT 711-Periodontics

DENT 715-Community Health

DENT 721-Endodontics

DENT 726-Removable Prosthodontics

DENT 730-Public Health

DENT 757-Fixed Prosthodontics

DENT 766-Pediatric Dentistry


*Please notify Dr. DeBiase by email of your desire to student teach (Semester and Course) by the conclusion of the summer session prior to your senior year.


Spring Honors Program – Mentorship/Additional Rotation

The Honors Program was extended in 2009 by offering opportunities for seniors to mentor a faculty specialist or attend an additional clinical rotation. To be eligible for this program a student must meet the following expectations prior to the onset of this Program:

  • Successfully complete all clinical performance assessments
  • Successfully complete the 6-week rural rotation
  • Complete a written proposal outlining the details of your individualized “Honors Program.”

The Honors Program options include one or more of the following:

  • Student teaching in a lecture/lab course (course options listed below)
  • Participation in a 2nd rural rotation experience (2-6 weeks) or an external/international rotation
  • Mentoring a faculty specialist in one of the clinical disciplines for a maximum of one day per week



 A student may begin their Program at the onset of the spring semester or at midterm. A brief detailed proposal should include

  • a confirmation of your eligibility for the Honors Program,
  • the name of the course in which you plan to student teach, the name and dates of the rural site you hope to attend, and/or the name of the faculty mentor and the day of the week you plan to work with this mentor, and
  • the attached form verifying that you have gained initial approval for your plan - the Course Director if you wish to student teach; Dr. Meckstroth regarding a 2nd rural rotation OR Dr. DeBiase if you wish to pursue an external/international rotation; and/or the Department Chair/Division Director who you wish to mentor.

 The Academic and Professional Standards Committee will review all proposals for the start of the spring semester during their December meeting and at their midterm meeting for proposals that are initiated after mid-semester.


Proposals should be sent to the Academic and Professional Standards Committee, in care of Dr. DeBiase. Deadlines will be posted. Final approval will be based on eligibility, academic and clinical performance, professionalism and patient management skills. If your proposed start date is midterm, you will need to meet with Donna Haid to ensure that conflicts with your clinical rotations do not exist.


Working with a faculty mentor is an exceptional opportunity to enhance your knowledge and skills in a specific specialty area, particularly if you intend to pursue graduate studies. The following Department Chairs/Division Directors have agreed to serve as mentors:

Dr. Leigh Speer

Dr. Basel Danan

Dr. Bryan Dye

Dr. Peter Ngan

Dr. Bryan Weaver (2 week block)



See Drs. Meckstroth/DeBiase to determine site availability.

The Susan Dew Hoff Clinic in West Milford, WV is available for a rotation every Tuesday from 9:00-3:00.