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Summer Enrichment Program

Summer Enrichment Program

The Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) provides educational and professional development experiences for underrepresented minorities (URM) and/or disadvantaged students so that they can successfully gain admission into dental school and pursue a career in Dentistry. SEP is a summer residential program that provides free housing and DAT preparation, and a stipend to cover food and travel expenses. The components of SEP include:

  • Preparation for the Dental Admission Test (provided by Kaplan Test Prep)
  • Personalized assistance with the dental school application process
  • Admissions and financial aid workshops
  • Interview preparation
  • Hands-on Simulation Laboratory activities
  • Observations in the dental clinic and/or other primary care sites
  • Conversations with faculty about dental specialties
  • Academic success, professional development, and cultural competency seminars
  • Networking events with students, staff, faculty, alumni, and local dental professionals
  • Complimentary social outings including tours of Detroit, and trips to museums and sporting events

Qualifications 

  • Have completed at least 2 years of college, as demonstrated on official transcript
  • Entering your Junior or Senior year of college, or recently graduated (within the last 5 years)
  • Demonstrate a strong interest in pursuing a career in Dentistry and improving the health of underserved patient populations
  • Have a minimum of 2.75 GPA
  • Be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national with appropriate documentation
  • Identify as one or more of the following:
    • Underrepresented Racial Minority (URM) in the field of Dentistry - Individuals who identify as Black/African-American, American Indian/Native American/Alaska Natives, Latino/Hispanic, Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander, and/or belonging to certain Asian subpopulations (other than Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Asian Indian, or Thai)
    • Educationally Disadvantaged* –
      • Individuals who attended a (Title 1) high school with a high percentage of low-income students and/or received a secondary education that falls below district standards, inhibiting the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to enroll in and graduate from a health professions school
        and/or
      • The first in your family to attend and graduate from a four-year college/university

        *Search here to determine whether you attended a Title 1 high school. Your school district's website should also be able to assist you with gathering data about your high school (i.e., high school dropout/graduation rate, percentage of students who participate in the free lunch program, school’s scores on standardized exams are below state/national averages, etc.).
    • Economically Disadvantaged** - an individual who comes from a family with an annual income at or below low-income thresholds according to family size (please refer to following chart)

      **In order to qualify for a financially disadvantaged status, we consider your tax returns from the previous year.

Low-Income Levels for 2016

Size of Parent's Family / Income Level:

1 - $23,760
2 - $32,040
3 - $40,320
4 - $48,600
5 - $56,880
6 - $65,160
7 - $73,460
8 - $81,780
(Information from the Federal Register)

How to Apply

To apply to the 2017 SEP program, click here.

The application deadline is February 28, 2017 at 5pm EST. Acceptance decisions will be emailed to applicants by the end of March 2017. 

For questions about the SEP program or the application process, please email dental_diversity@udmercy.edu or call Dr. Rebecca Christensen at 313-494-6653

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