UNMC College of Dentistry

Serving Communities That Need It Most. Like Only Nebraska Can.

The College of Dentistry is committed to serving Nebraska and the communities that need it most. A premier national dental education program, the college is dedicated to excellence in teaching and robust community service. Through this commitment, the college provides a well-rounded educational experience and highly prepared graduates inspired to serve. 

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Relentless Focus on Student Access and Success

Recruiting and retaining the brightest and most talented students from myriad backgrounds is critical to the vitality of the College of Dentistry. These have become increasingly competitive activities. Rising costs have made student financial support the key to ensuring that all students have access to higher education.

Enhancing Faculty, Academic and Clinical Excellence

Faculty at the College of Dentistry equip students with the knowledge, skills and experience they need to become successful professionals. Recruiting, and then retaining, these high-quality faculty members is imperative to enhancing the college’s teaching and research programs, which significantly influence the college’s culture and aspirations.

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Transformational Research and Innovation

Research and innovation resources help attract renowned researchers to the college through startup funds; encourage research exploration and professional growth for current faculty; support researchers through bridge grants; and provide for the continual development of these scientists through their own research explorations.

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The College of Dentistry is committed to continually improving the oral health of the people of Nebraska and beyond through a humanistic approach to education, extraordinary patient-centered care and collaborative research. This commitment is made possible by generous donors who share the college’s vision.


“We value and appreciate our donors who partner with the College of Dentistry to help us fulfill our mission to improve the oral health of the people of Nebraska and beyond. Your support can be seen in our classrooms where students grow into leaders in dentistry, in our clinics where patients receive crucial oral health care, and in our laboratories where we conduct cutting-edge oral health research. Our donors have a pivotal role in shaping the future of the College of Dentistry and, by extension, the future of oral health care.”

– Gerry Kugel, DMD, MS, PhD
Dean, UNMC College of Dentistry


Student Scholarships

Endowed scholarships and fellowships will encourage students to pursue their education and launch their careers in Nebraska by helping reduce their financial burdens.

Enhanced Educational Experiences

Private resources will provide counseling, wellness support and individual tutoring for students that enhance their educational experiences while offering exceptional opportunities, such as global learning and community service.

Endowed Chairs and Professorships

Faculty members may use the stipends received from endowed chairs and professorships to support additional research, teaching and publication opportunities. They may also use this support to employ graduate students to assist with research or other projects, becoming mentors to promising students.

Faculty and Academic Support

Support for faculty development and academic programming will help the college incorporate best practices for educational learning, advance its curriculum and ultimately prepare students to be exceptional oral health care providers and lifelong learners.

Unrestricted Discretionary Funds for Research

Discretionary funding in research allows the college to respond to new or unexpected opportunities.

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