January 26th Meeting Recap / Upcoming Events

Hi all,

It was great seeing you at our meeting on Monday. We had almost 65 members attend and the meeting was a success, thanks for stopping by!

At the meeting, we gave an overview of the pre-dental club, went over our goals for the year and membership info. We also had ASDA (American Student Dental Association) reps talk about the benefits of joining the pre-dental chapter of ASDA, and Navy and Army reps discussed scholarship opportunities through the U.S. military. The founder of a new student The Network promoted her group. The info and contacts can be found in the attached meeting slides, or in the meeting minutes here.

One of our goals for the year is to do more social events with the pre-dental club as a whole, so everyone can get to know each other more. Please take this survey so we can put our efforts into planning events you guys want to go to. (Take survey here)


The next Pre-Dental Club meeting will be held on Monday, October 19, we will be hosting a panel of dental students and break into groups with dental students to learn more about what dental schools is like! Hope to see you all there!



FINAL MEETING – April 27th Meeting Recap

Hi Pre-Dents!

Thanks to all who made it to the elections and meeting tonight. The votes have been counted, and the new officers of the 2015-2016 Pre-Dental Club Board are as follows:
President: Eric Bender
Vice President: Nick Stokfisz
Secretary: Nick Fetters
Treasurer: Suchith Ravin
Public Relations: Jacob Jordan
Webmaster: Breanna Besel
Congratulations to the new officers, and thank you to all for a fantastic year.
At the meeting we also talked about productive ways to spend your summer and getting involved with research.  To see the PowerPoint Slides and Meeting Minutes, go to this page.
Our next meeting will be held in September, so keep an eye out for an email from the new officers as fall approaches. In the meantime, stay posted via our Facebook group (University of Minnesota Pre-Dental Club) and follow us on Twitter (@predentumn) for periodic updates.
Several members of the club have expressed interest in carpooling up to Mission of Mercy (July 16-18 in Duluth) and volunteering together.  If you would like to join us, post in the Facebook group or e-mail one of the officers.
On behalf of myself and the other officers from this year, it’s been a pleasure serving you. Good luck on finals, and have a splendid summer.

Final Meeting of the Year — Details

Hi all,

Just a reminder that Pre-Dental Club elections will be held at our last meeting of the year: Monday, April 27 from 6-7pm in MCB 2-120.
If you are not running for an officer position, we encourage you to attend this meeting to vote for your peers and get information about productive ways to spend your summer strengthening your application, including getting involved in research. A couple of our graduating officers who will be attending dental school next year will be available to answer your questions! As always, there will be food.
See you all Monday!


February 23rd Meeting Recap & Summer Dental School Experience Opportunity

Hi Everyone!


Great to see you all at the meeting on Monday! :)  (If you missed it, see the meeting minutes here.

At our meeting Liz Holm came to speak about funding your dental education.  She provided us with the following resources:

-National Health Service Corps scholarships:  http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/
-ADEA website. Lots of good information here, and this link offers tips for financing a dental education:  http://www.adea.org/GoDental/Money_Matters/Financing_Options.aspx
-The Explore Health Careers website has general information and also some funding tips:
-The One Stop website also offers tips on searching for scholarships, though much of this information is geared toward undergraduate students:  http://onestop.umn.edu/finances/financial_aid/scholarships/index.html
We also talked about the upcoming officer elections.  Below is some info to keep in mind:
Elections for the 2015-2016 Pre-Dental Club board will be held at our next meeting on Monday, April 27 at 6 pm in MCB 2-120. The officer positions are President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Public Relations, and Webmaster. If you are interested in running for an officer position(s), please email Petra at bacho008@umn.edu indicating which position(s) you will be running for. During the elections, each candidate will give a brief (5 minute max) speech introducing him/herself and indicating why he/she would be a good fit for the position. In order to be an eligible candidate, you must be a paid member of the Pre-Dental Club who has attended at least 4 Pre-Dental Club meetings/events this year, and you must be a full-time University of Minnesota student next year.
Study groups
Just a reminder that DAT study groups will continue to be held on Mondays from 6-8 pm in MCB 2-120. There are plenty of prep books that can be checked out for FREE from the Health Careers Center on the 2nd floor of Moos.

The next Pre-Dental Club meeting will be held on Monday, April 27th.

Enjoy the rest of your week!


February 23rd Meeting Recap & Summer Dental School Experience Opportunity

Hi Predents!

Thanks to all who made it to the meeting on Monday. Hope you enjoyed learning about dental specialties from the prosthodontist, endodontist, and oral surgeons who spoke to our group.

If you have any questions about the AmeriCorps VISTA position at CDC, please email Nassim Sarkarati at nassimsarkarati@gmail.com. The application is due April 3rd. A flyer with more information is available on the meeting minutes page.


Dear University of MN Pre-dental Club Members, Hello!  We are offering a two-week Summer Dental School Experience program at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry for rising juniors and seniors interested in pursuing a career in dentistry.  This program contains the following features (plus more):

  1. It’s FREE!
  2. DAT preparation through mini review sessions in biology and chemistry (general and organic chemistry)
  3. Hands-on experiences to develop psychomotor skills
  4. Writing sessions for personal statements and essays
  5. Individual advising session with the Assistant Dean for Admissions and Diversity
  6. Oral health disparities discussions and potential research topics

Interested students should email MaiSee Moua-McDaniel at hcop@umn.edu or call 612-625-7477 to learn more about the program or to ask questions.

Applications are due April 1, 2015.

For more information on the Summer Dental School Experience, student qualifications, and application materials, please visit:  http://www.dentistry.umn.edu/programs-admissions/building-bridges/summer-program/index.htm and check out the attached brochure.

Have a wonderful day!


Naty Lopez,

Ph.D. Program Director, Building Bridges to a Career in Dentistry Assistant Dean, Office of Admissions and Diversity

DAT study groups are held every Monday in MCB 2-120 from 6-8 pm (except for meeting Mondays). There are plenty of prep books available for checkout in the Health Careers Center on the 2nd floor of Moos.

The next Pre-Dental Club meeting will be held on Monday, March 30th.. hope to see you all there!

Best, PDC

January 26th Meeting Recap / Upcoming Events

Hi all,

It was great seeing you at our meeting on Monday. We hope you learned a lot about shadowing and volunteerism from our speaker, Dr. Kyle Smith.  If you have questions about UMN Give Kids A Smile, please email umngkas@gmail.com.

Also at our meeting, we presented a plethora of volunteer opportunities. The info and contacts for these can be found in the attached meeting slides, or in the meeting minutes here.

Just a reminder that DAT study groups started this week and will continue every Monday (except when we have meetings) from 6-8 pm in MCB 2-120.  You are welcome to stay the whole time or stop by for as long as you like!  We will have some prep books available to borrow from the health careers office, but you are welcome to bring your own study materials/textbooks/etc.We distributed t-shirts at the last meeting. We will also have the tshirts available for pickup at the next meeting on 2/23. An alternative pickup time will be arranged for those who cannot make it to the Monday meetings; we will let you know shortly.


Hello ASDA Pre-dental Students!
Our next event will be at noon on Sunday, February 8th in the 3M Pre-clinic (4th floor Moos Tower). At this event, pre-dents will be taking alginate impressions and pouring up casts with help from dental students. You will also get to take home the cast that you made! Food will be provided.
If you have not already registered for ASDA Pre-dental, you can do so at this event!
Please let us know if you have questions!
Katie and Mitch


The next Pre-Dental Club meeting will be held on Monday, February 23.. hope to see you all there!


GKAS Day is coming up this weekend, February 7th!



Upcoming Meeting on January 26th

Hi Everyone!

Hope you are enjoying your holiday break thus far!

Our next meeting will be held on January 26th at 6pm in MCB Room 2-120 (Note: This is next door to where we were meeting for the fall 2014 semester).  This meeting will be focused on an overview of the dental field, shadowing, and volunteering.  Dr. Marshall, a practicing dentist, will be present to share his experiences, information on shadowing, and will be available to answer questions.  Also present will be the Give Kids A Smile team from the U of M.  They will explain their mission, the volunteering opportunity, and provide a chance to sign up for the event taking place on February 7th.

We also have received the t-shirts and will be distributing to those who ordered them at the meeting!



October, November, and December Meeting Recap

Hi Everyone!

A little late to post, but here are some recaps of previous meetings and some additional information you might find helpful.


If you missed October’s meeting we had a great panel of current Minnesota dental students answering questions about dental school and the journey to get there.



For November’s meeting we had Dr. Naty Lopez, the Assistant Dean for Admissions and Diversity at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, come to speak about how to be a competitive applicant for dental schools.  Meeting minutes and PowerPoint Presentation can be found here.



Also, thank you to all who came to our meeting/workshop on Monday, December 1st.  We reviewed how to sign up for your DENTPIN and how to fill out a competitive application.

Here are some of the links from the meeting:


The next Pre-Dental Club meeting will be held after break, we’ll keep you posted when we finalize a date.

Good luck on finals and Happy Holidays!



***Below are some messages and opportunities you may be interested in.

Hello UMN Predental students!

If you are interested in joining ASDA predental or are already a member, please click on the doodle link below and RSVP. We can help you register for ASDA Predental at the event on Dec. 4th.


There are also some additional benefits of joining ASDA!

  1. There are weekly lunch and learns in Moos Tower for ASDA members on Wednesdays at 12:05. Please let us know if you are interested in attending these lunch and learn events! There are speakers on various topics in dentistry, such as, how to set up your own practice, how to market your practice, new technology in dentistry, etc.
  2. Also, there are videos on the MN ASDA website with helpful tips on things like, how to write a personal statement.
  3. Tentatively planned ASDA events: 
    1. Presentation by a faculty member from admissions
    2. Impression Session
    3. Sealant session
    4. Condense and Carve amalgam

Please let us know if you have questions!

Katie and Mitch


Give Kids A Smile at the University of Minnesota Pediatric Clinic will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2015.

September 22nd Meeting Recap

Hi Everyone!

Thanks to all who could make it to Monday night’s meeting; if you missed it for whatever reason or want to revisit a topic the meeting minutes can be found here.


Many of you have had questions about joining ASDA. Please see the message below from Katie and Mitch, the ASDA representatives who spoke at our meeting:

Hello UMN Predental students!

Thank you for letting us speak about ASDA Predental at your meeting! We had a great time chatting about what ASDA Predental has to offer.

We hope that many of you will consider joining ASDA Pre-dental. We would love to have you join the ASDA Minnesota chapter and attend ASDA Predental events at the dental school. As a reminder, ASDA Pre-dental membership has many great benefits, including:

  • hands-on events at the School of Dentistry (Wax and relax, Impression session, Sealant session, drill and fill)
  • access to a UMN dental student mentor
  • 10% off Crack the DAT and 25% off Chad’s Videos
  • ASDA’s “Guide to Getting Into Dental School”
  • ASDA’s publications/newsletters

To join ASDA, you can go to the following site: http://asdanet.org/joinnow.aspx .

Click on 2015 Predental Membership application. You can register for an ASDA account. The site will tell you to log in with your user and password, then select the “Join ASDA” button. Fill out the form and select the University of Minnesota as the ASDA Chapter that referred you. The fee for ASDA Pre-dental membership is $63. 

Once you have completed your ASDA application, send us the confirmation email. The first 10 students to register and email us will receive a Minnesota ASDA drinking glass. 

You can also join ASDA at the first ASDA Predental event. The first event will be the Wax and Relax at the University of Minnesota SOD. This event will be held at the end of October and we will have stations available for Pre-dental students to join ASDA. More information on this event will follow.

We hope to see you in October! Please let us know if you have any questions!


Katie and Mitch


The next Pre-Dental Club meeting will be held on October 20 at 6 pm. Hope to see you there!



First Pre-Dental Club Meeting of Fall 2014 Term:

Hi Pre-Dental Club friends!

Welcome back! We are excited to start off the school year strong with our first Pre-Dental Club meeting coming up on Monday, September 22 at 6 pm in MCB 2-122. 

** Note the location has changed, we will be meeting next door to last year’s room.

The Pre-Dental Club typically meets once a month on Mondays at 6 pm. The date/ time/ location of the meetings for Fall semester as as follows:
September 22
October 20
November 17
December 1
If you ever need to check back on dates or locations you can find them here.
Don’t forget to turn in your membership form and $30 membership dues (info here).  You can give this to one of the officers at our meeting or drop it off at Moos 15-163.
If you are interested in submitting a design or idea for tshirts, we encourage you to do so at our first meeting!  Once we’ve narrowed it down to a few options, you will be asked to vote on a tshirt design for this year.
If you have any questions, or if anything is unclear, don’t hesitate to email any of the officers individually or you can send directly to the club email predent@umn.edu.
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @predentumn.
Hope to see you all (new and returning!) at the first meeting!