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Research Day

Research Day

CU School of Dental Medicine 32nd Annual Research Day
February 12, 2016

This year's research day showcased 39 posters from CU Dental students, faculty and residents and welcomed a special keynote speaker, Dr. Tim Watson. Students competed in three categories to win a trip to a national conference to present their research or cash prizes. Congratulations to the following participants for being selected as winners of the Deans Excellence in Research Awards at this year's CU School of Dental Medicine Research Day. 

There are three categories of Deans Excellence in Research Awards:

  • Travel Awards – Outstanding students are selected to represent the School of Dental Medicine at national conferences.  These students will present their research and participate in the conferences.
  • DDS/ISP Student Research Awards – these cash awards are given to recognize excellence in student’s research and presentation at the Research Day.
  • Graduate/Postdoctoral Research Awards - these cash awards are given to recognize excellence and professionalism in graduate level research and presentations at Research Day.


Travel Award Winners

Sarah Crepps - Remineralization of Enamel White Spot Lesions
ADA/Dentsply Student Clinician Research Program (ADA Annual Session, Denver, CO, Oct 2016) 

Emily Malihi - Functional Nanogels for Filler Surface Treatment in Dental Composites

ADA Foundation Colgate Dental Students' Conference on Research hosted by the Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Center (Gaithersburg, MD, Oct 2016)

Giselle Serrano - Formation of Calcium Phosphate Mineral Mediated by Polymerizable Nanogel Carrier
Hinman Student Research Symposium (Memphis TN, Oct 2016)


DDS/ISP Student Category Winners

1st prize ($300) Allison Brown - An Investigation of the Accuracy of Electronic Apex Location at Longer Canal Lengths

2nd prize ($200) Lei Fu - Control of polymer network structure via reactive prepolymer additives

3rd prize ($100) Christian Piers - Detection of Surface Erosion: A Novel Application for PTR-LUM Technology

Graduate Student/Postdoctoral Category Winners

1st prize ($300) Dr. Andres Tavares - A Six1/Jag1/miR-106b Signaling Axis Contributes to Neural Crest Cell Identity in the Maxilla

2nd prize ($200) Dr. Parag Shah - Evaluating Structure-Property Relationships and Material Property Development in Nanogel-based Polymer Networks

3rd prize ($100) Dr. Niyati Mehta - A Survey of Orthodontic Graduates’ Perceptions of Preparedness for Clinical Practice from Two Different Curricular Designs at the University of Colorado Orthodontic Graduate Program


Thank you to all of the participants in this year’s Research Day and we look forward to your participation in next year’s events! You can view pictures​ from this year's research day on our Facebook page. 

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The University of Colorado, School of Dental Medicine is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. The University of Colorado, School of Dental Medicine designates this activity for 4 continuing education credits.


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