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Hinman Student Researcher Symposium Completes 22nd Year


The Hinman Student Research Symposium was held October 28-30, 2016 at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis. The Symposium featured oral and poster presentations of re- search projects by dental students and graduate trainees from 53 dental schools in 30 states, the District of Columbia, and 5 Canadian provinces. It is designed to reward and encourage student efforts in research, and support the re- search and educational programs of faculty research mentors and research administrators.

The event was sponsored by the UT College of Dentistry and co-sponsored by the Hinman Dental Society. It was also supported in part by grants from the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), the ADEAGies Foundation, the Procter & Gamble Company, the UT College of Dentistry Alumni Association, and the Tennessee Dental Association Foundation. Keynote speakers included Dr. Richard W. Valachovic, President and CEO of the American Dental Education Association and Dr. Lynn Mertens King, Chief of Research Training and Career Development Branch of the NIDCR.

Eight awards were given for the most outstanding student presentations, four in clinical research and four in basic science research, in addition to an award from the National Students Research Group (NSRG) of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) during the Symposium.

This year the NSRG award to second-year dental student Taylor Enochs of UTHSC (pictured above in center). Her project explored the feasibility of using slot preparations in Typodont plastic teeth to evaluate shrinkage stress associated with polymerization of a variety of resin-based composites used in restorative dentistry.