William Jarvie Research Society

The William Jarvie Research Society (WJRS) is the Columbia chapter of the American Association of Dental Research National Student Research Group (NSRG), a student-run organization whose main purpose is to foster an environment in every dental school whereby students interested in enriching their dental education through research are encouraged to do so.

WJRS organizes a number of activities that support student research and emphasize the role of research in the development and practice of modern dentistry. The Jarvie executive committee and faculty advisors believe that every interested student should have a productive research experience at the College of Dental Medicine, and members gain exposure to a variety of research opportunities at CUMC and beyond.


  • There are no attendance requirements. Participation in all events is encouraged in order to receive the benefits of membership.
  • Membership Dues: $25/annually
  • All members of the William Jarvie Research Society are eligible for subsidized membership in the American Association of Dental Research (AADR). AADR membership allows students to apply for various AADR sponsored research fellowships, subscribe to the Journal of Dental Research at a reduced fee, and attend conferences at reduced registration fees.


Journal Clubs

Students present a journal article about a topic of their interest, followed by a casual discussion. This gathering happens every few weeks and dinner is served.

Jarvie Society Lunch and Learn Series

Prominent faculty members are invited to give lectures on their current research.

Research Opportunities Information Session

Geared especially towards first year students, this event gives practical advice on how to apply for the Summer Research Fellowship Program as well as national fellowships such as the AADR Student Research Fellowship and other external research opportunities through the National Institute of Health (NIH) and sub-institute, the National Institute of Dental Craniofacial Research (NIDCR).

Student-Resident Meet and Greet

Residents who need assistance with their research projects give short presentations of their work and connect with students who could potentially get involved.

Jarvie Journal

Published annually by the student editors of WJRS, the Jarvie contains student research abstracts to be presented at the Birnberg Research Program.

Birnberg Research Program

This two-day event includes table clinic/poster session presentations, the Birnberg Research Lecture delivered by an invited guest lecturer, and a formal presentation of the Birnberg Research Medal Award of the Dental Alumni of Columbia University for Excellence in Dental Research.

Meet our E-board!

Carol Kunzel, PhD, MA
Faculty Advisor

Anjali Dave

Gabriel Kaye
Vice President

Madeleine Daily

Annie An

Rachel Cubilla

Bobby Lin

Glenna Lee
Assistant Editor

George Lin
Assistant Editor

Scott Noh
Assistant Editor

Alison Lemkuil
Advocacy Chair

Alexander Pascal
Third Year Research Committee Member

Rachel Brooke
Second Year Research Committee Member

Contact Information

For more information, please contact:

Anjali Dave

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