Student News

Posted on: Tuesday, 12/11/2018

Welcome to the Class of 2022

It’s always a celebration when we welcome a new class to the UCLA Dentistry family, whether formally or informally.

The Class of 2022 was formally introduced to the dental school community with the usual fanfare at our annual White Coat Ceremony on Tuesday, September 18, at the UCLA Faculty Center. We welcomed 88 new dental students with impressive GPAs (avg. 3.8) and DAT (avg. 23) scores, who came to us from top universities around the country. We look forward to seeing many accolades and achievements from this class over the years. Thank you to the Apollonian Society for supporting the White Coat Ceremony. To view the Facebook album.

White Coat Ceremony

Our informal celebration to welcome the new class occurred at our annual All-School Picnic, which was held on Saturday, October 20, at the Sunset Recreation Center. With a flurry of activities, including a BBQ, a tug-o-war, and a pie-eating contest, the first-year dental students were welcomed in classic UCLA Dentistry style. To view the Facebook album.

All School Picnic

For a breakdown of this year’s incoming class.

Congratulations are in Order

As state support has decreased substantially over the years and tuition continues to increase, providing scholarship support to future dentists is among our top priorities. Scholarships help our students to defray educational expenses, ensuring that the broad array of professional options--including teaching, research, and practice in underserved communities--remains open to each student upon graduation.

Congratulations to all those students who have received a scholarship between July 2018 to present on this mid-year scholarship recipient list. Another round of scholarship recipients will be named in Winter 2019 and will be recognized in the next eNewsletter.


Of the students included on the above list, congratulations to the two dental students from the Class of 2019 on receiving a National Health Service Corps Scholarship. Walter Fuentes and Claudia Amezquita-Lee will serve as primary care providers for two-to-four years in federally designated health professional shortage areas after graduation in exchange for tuition support for their degrees. Annually, the program awards roughly 200 scholarships for individuals enrolled in accredited degree programs.


Research Takes Students to London

Three UCLA student dentists, Mojan Mirina, Youngjae Sung,and Clark Taylor, received travel grants from the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) to support travel to the AADR annual session and exhibition, which was held in London this past year. Grantees are given the opportunity to present their research to an international audience of oral health scientists and clinicians. The three UCLA dental students were chosen based on an application that was evaluated for originality in research design, innovations in technique, and scientific merit.

Pictured below, from left to right: Youngjae Sung, Clark Taylor, and Mojan Mirina.

iDDS Lecture Series 

ORAD Alum and PhD Candidate Recognized by Colleagues

Oral Radiology alum, Dr. Akrivoula Soundia, Class of 2018, received the 2018 Howard Riley Raper Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Award from the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology at the association’s annual session. The award was established to recognize a graduate student with potential for an academic career in oral and maxillofacial radiology.

Dr. Soundia is currently working towards her Ph.D. in the laboratory of Dr. Sotirios Tetradis. Her research focuses on the molecular and clinical pathogenesis of osteonecrosis of the jaws. Following her training, she plans on an academic career as a clinician-scientist, combining research, teaching, and oral and maxillofacial radiology patient care.