DDS Student Recognized for Excellence
Brittany Hazard ’13 was recognized with the Delta Dental Student Leadership Award for the outstanding leadership, service and scholarship she exhibited over the last four years at dental school. As she was nominated by the School’s administration, the award came as a complete surprise. In addition to the acknowledgement, she received a monetary award, which she plans to use for moving across the country, purchasing supplies, and paying summer tuition to the University of Michigan where she will begin a Master of Science program in orthodontics in the Fall. Congratulations Brittany on your award.
DDS Student Seeks to Improve the Community
Nidhi Taneja ’14, was selected as a 2013 Paul Ambrose Scholar by the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research and the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. The award acknowledges health professions students interested in prevention and public health and exposes them to influential public health professionals. The program also prepares them to be leaders in addressing population health challenges at the national and community levels.
As part of the award, Nidhi will travel to Washington D.C. in June with 40 other health professions students from across the country for the Paul Ambrose Scholars Program Symposium. In addition to her trip to D.C., she will receive funding for a community-based health education project. With her funding, she hopes to educate mothers of infants about the importance of oral health. She plans to continue her education by attending a pediatric residency program. Congratulations Nidhi on your scholar award.
DDS Student Receives Outstanding Leader Award
Michelle Okamoto ‘13, was given the Outstanding Leader Award by the American College of Dentists. The award recognizes a senior dental student, who demonstrated leadership and outstanding scholastic performance. Michelle was recognized along with three other dental students from the Los Angeles area. Congratulations to Michelle on being acknowledged for your hard work as a student. Michelle wishes to express her gratitude for all the opportunities UCLA has provided her during the last four years.
DDS Student Awarded for Ethics
The American Society for Dental Ethics (ASDE) acknowledged Eric Chen ‘16, with the Ozar-Hasegawa Ethics Award for his essay submission of “Ethical Considerations of Randomized Control Trials with Human Participants in Dentistry: A Reflective Analysis.” The annual award is given to two individuals who have contributed to the scholarship, discussion, and application of dental ethics. Eric received a cash prize, a 1-year membership in ASDE, and publication of his essay in the May issue of the Society’s newsletter. Congratulations Eric on your award.
DDS Students Score Big at the ASDA Annual Session
Twenty-two DDS students from the School of Dentistry attended the American Student Dental Association’s (ASDA) annual session. The School of Dentistry had the highest attendance out of any school represented at the session.
The following awards were given to the School’s ASDA chapter:
- Most Outstanding Activities – 1st Place
Events that helped win this award included a beach clean-up, Thanksgiving health fair, Dental Olympics, and three dental mission trips to Honduras.
- Crest/Oral-B Community Dentistry Award – 2nd Place
- Pre-dental Recruitment Incentive – 2nd Place
Credit to David Lindsey ’15 and Alex McMahon ’15 who did a phenomenal job recruiting 75 pre-dental students to join ASDA.
- Student Research Poster Session – 2nd place
Ali Vahdati, ’14 won for his research topic: “Biphasic Calcium Phosphate Ceramic vs. Bovine Bone: Self Controlled Histomorphometric Rabbit Calvarium Study of Bone Regeneration.”
Thank you to the UCLA ASDA cabinet, committee chairs, committee members, and previous cabinet for all of their hard work this past year.