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News and Accolades

Dental students at all levels of their training are involved in a variety of research activities.

SOD offers both internal and external opportunities for student research accomplishments to be recognized.

2016 Hinman Student Research Symposium

D3 student Jiman Nelson received the 2016 Hinman Student Research Award and represented UMMC at the Hinman Student Research Symposium in Memphis, Tenn., on Oct. 28-30, 2016, at the historic Peabody Hotel.

2017 School of Dentistry Quintessence Award for Research

Will Fontaine received the School of Dentistry Quintessence Award for Research at the SOD Awards Day on April 18, 2017.

Fontaine received this honor for his many combined achievements during his time in the DMD program. Fontaine was the Hinman Student Research Award winner in 2014 and was a research presenter at the American Dental Association/Dentsply meeting in Washington, DC, also in 2014. In addition, Fontaine also received the Quintessence Award in Restorative Dentistry Award in 2017.

2017 ADA/Dentsply Student Clinician Award

Jiman Nelson (D3) - "Anodized Titanium with Calcium and Phosphorus Surface Enhancements for Dental and Orthopedic Implants"

The ADA/Dentsply Student Clinician Award is given to one student each year to attend the ADA/Dentsply Student Clinician Research Program. The honoree is also awarded a plaque on Awards Day.

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2017 Hinman Student Research Award

Kendra Clark (D3) - "Utilization of 3D Culture Systems and VEGF to Enhance Endothelial Cell Differentiation"

The Hinman Student Research Symposium is a national meeting that features oral and poster presentations of research studies by dental students and graduate trainees from dental schools across North America. One student representative from each dental school across the nation is chosen to attend the meeting, held every year at the historic Peabody Hotel in Memphis, TN.

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