Tufts University School of Dental Medicine students came out to celebrate their achievements in research and professional growth earlier this year at the 2013 Bates-Andrews Research Day on March 6.
The occasion, sponsored by the George A. Bates Society and the Robert R. Andrews Research Honor Society, featured student table clinics showcasing research conducted during the past year. The annual event, which has taken place since the 1930s, allows students to share their fields of special interest with fellow students, faculty members, alumni, and the administration.
There were 71 presenters at this year’s event, one of the biggest in recent memory. Each presenter displayed a poster of their research on the 14th and 15th floors of the TUSDM Building. Eileen Doherty, who organized the event, said it provides a unique opportunity for the students to share and reflect on their work over the past year.
Dr. Kathleen O’Loughlin, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the American Dental Association (ADA) and TUSDM alumnus university trustee gave the keynote speech, “The Preservation of the Profession.” The address discussed the future of dentistry in the context of changing dental schools, health care reform and the need of underserved populations.
The event concluded with several awards to some of the presenters. Among them was Amanda Merikas, who was awarded the ADA/Dentsply Student Clinician Award for Best Overall Predoctoral Table Clinic for her work “Contact Angle and Shear Bond Strength Tests of Silane Primers.” As part of the award, Merikas will go on to present her work at the 2013 ADA Convention in New Orleans this November. Second and Third place were awarded to Kyler McEwan and Saad Butt, respectively. They both received a cash award and the opportunity to present their research at the Greater New York Dental Meeting in December.
Commercial exhibitors provided funding for the event, including dental supply manufacturer Dentsply which sponsored the First Place award with the ADA.
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