College of Dentistry Students Receive Top Awards at IADR/AADR/CADR General Session
The College of Dentistry has long encouraged students to engage in research so they may gain a broader perspective on dentistry. That encouragement resulted in a special achievement in March when the college was recognized for having the “Most Student Abstracts” during the AADR National Student Research Group (NSRG) Business Meeting at the IADR/AADR/CADR General Session in San Francisco. Forty-two abstracts were accepted for the conference where College of Dentistry students presented on a wide range of research topics.
“This achievement really speaks to the efforts of our students and their faculty mentors,” said Scott Schricker, PhD, associate professor, Division of General Practice and Materials Science, and director of Student Research. “I’m proud that our emphasis on research is clearly helping students gain a greater appreciation for research, which in turn gives them a new perspective on evidence-based practice.”
The Student Research Program at the College of Dentistry allows students to work in a faculty mentor’s lab for up to 255 hours in a year. Dr. Schricker collaborates with students to match them with mentors based on their interests in clinical or laboratory research in areas such as microbiology, pathology, immunology, neuroscience, and materials science.
Ohio State was further distinguished during the conference when third-year dental student Adam Swan, who was mentored by Zongyang Sun, DDS, MSD, PhD, associate professor, Division of Orthodontics, won first place in the “AADR NSRG Dentsply Sirona Restorative Competition” for original research for his poster, “Effects of BMSC Transplantation on Mandibular Symphyseal Surface Growth.”
Congratulating the students at a College of Dentistry reception during the conference, Dean Patrick M. Lloyd said, “Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Schricker and the faculty mentors, these future dental professionals will be supremely equipped to pursue the most effective approaches to care for patients or, alternatively, to pursue a career in dental research or academia.”