40th Annual Scientific Day
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40th Annual Scientific Day


Published: Thursday, April 22, 2021

40th Annual Scientific Day

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry held its 40th Annual Scientific Day on Tuesday, April 13. Scientific Day is an event where dental students, dental hygiene students, residents and graduate students present findings from their research projects or describe new and innovative clinical techniques. 

“Research is a key element in the mission of our college,” said Dr. Raymond A. Cohlmia, dean of the college. “The student research program fosters life-long learning that enhances the quality of oral health care. Our college is proud of student researchers and their efforts in shaping the future of dentistry.” 

Sharukh Khajotia, B.D.S., MS, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Research, Professor and Division Head, described the comprehensive nature of research being conducted by students as well as faculty members at the college. “Students in the Doctor of Dental Surgery program can choose to participate in the Student Research Program. This is true of undergraduate students working toward a Bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene as well,” said Dr. Khajotia. “The J. Dean Robertson Society, part of the OU Foundation, has sponsored the program for nearly three decades, in addition to support from the Delta Dental of Oklahoma Foundation for the past seven years. These organizations fund as many as 18 research projects annually.”

 

Ishmael Essay Contest

Established in 1987 by Dr. and Mrs. Don Ishmael, the Ishmael Essay Contest is an integral part of Scientific Day. Dr. Ishmael was an advocate of scholarship and professionalism and provided the funding to provide a cash award to the top scholarly essays each year. This year, 13 essays were submitted. Those essays were then narrowed down to six semi-finalists to give an oral presentation. 

Below is a list of this year’s Ishmael Essay Contest winners, followed by the title of their presentation:

 

Dental Hygiene Category: 

First Place: $500 award goes to Haley King, DH2

Dental Hygienists’ Knowledge and Usage of Probiotics in Dentistry

 

Second Place: $250 award goes to Maryllely Chavez, DH2

Tobacco Cessation: Dental Hygiene Attitudes, Knowledge, Intervention

 

Third Place: $100 award goes to Emma Brito, DH2

Prenatal Oral Health Education in Oklahoma

 

Dental Category:

First Place: $500 award goes to Philip Morton, DS2

Esterase Activity on Varying Formulations of Adhesive Resins

 

Second Place: $250 award goes to Elizabeth Jantz, DS2

Effect of Dental Bleaching with NF_TiO2 Nanoparticles

 

Third Place: $100 award goes to Caroline Graham, DS2

Comparison of Dimensional Changes and Fit of Occlusal Guard Materials

 

Poster Contest

In addition to the Ishmael Essay Contest, student researchers are required to present their research findings in a poster format at Scientific Day. On average, sixty posters are presented at Scientific Day each year. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s event was virtual, which required students to prepare a 7-minute video presentation that was scored by judges ahead of the event. 

Below is a list of this year’s Poster Contest winners, followed by the title of their presentation, and the name of the award:  

 

Philip Morton, DS2 

Degree of Conversion and Surface Roughness of Experimental Adhesives 

Dentsply Sirona - AADR Trip (Atlanta GA) 

 

Vanessa Smith, DH2 

That’s Shocking! Electrical Stimulation for Treatment of Xerostomia 

Student American Dental Hygiene Association - $1000 

 

Elizabeth Jantz, DS2 

Effects of Dental Bleaching with NF_TiO2 Nanoparticles 

Delta Dental of Oklahoma - $500 

 

Emily Hackney, DH2 

Oral Manifestations: Sjögren’s Syndrome/ Related Autoimmune Diseases 

Delta Dental of Oklahoma - $500 

 

Dr. Danielle Nici 

Esthetic Crown Lengthening: Treatment of Altered Passive Eruption 

Omicron Kappa Upsilon Probst-Felton Award - $500 

 

Emily Hood, DH2 

Prevention Strategies for Early Childhood Caries 

Oklahoma Association of Women Dentists - $500 

 

Jacy Duff, DH2 

Is Floss the Boss?
Student American Dental Hygiene Association - $500 

 

Madelyn Sandlin, DH2 

Oral Health in the Geriatric Population
Dr. and Mrs. Don Ishmael Dental Hygiene Research Award - $400 

 

Kailene Dotson, DH2 

Adverse Oral Effects of Methamphetamine Use
Dr. and Mrs. Don Ishmael Dental Hygiene Research Award - $400 

 

Tristen Flanagan, DH2 

Use of Vitamin D in Periodontal Inflammation 

Donald L. Mitchell Excellence in Prosthodontics - $300 

 

Julia Bagley, DH2 

Evaluating the Management of the Gag Reflex in Dentistry 

Donald L. Mitchell Excellence in Prosthodontics - $300 

 

Dr. Nasim Lasemi 

Root Resorption: Diagnosis, Etiology, and Treatment Choices 

Michael D. Rohrer Fund - $300 

 

Alison Agee, DS3 and Alex Kirkpatrick, DS3 

Oklahoma Children’s First Dental Visit: A Physician’s Perspective 

Dean L. Johnson Excellence in Prosthodontics - $300 

 

Caroline Graham, DS2 

Comparison of Dimensional Changes and Fit of Occlusal Guard Materials 

Oklahoma Section of the American College of Prosthodontists - $300 

 

Dayleigh Reid, DH2 

Non-nutritive Sucking Habits and the Developing Dentition 

Western Oklahoma Dental Hygienists Society - $300 

 

Lauren Miller, DH2 

The Effects of Musculoskeletal Disorders Among Dental Professionals 

Colgate - $250 

 

Jayme Quillin, DH2 

Screening for Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Role of the Dental Hygienist 

Colgate - $250 

 

Isabelle Blankenbaker, DH2 

Dental Hygienists Experience with Medical Screenings in Dentistry 

Student American Dental Hygiene Association - $250 

 

Mayan Sanchez-Duarte, DH2 

Investigating Effects & Prevention of Parafunctional Habits 

Student American Dental Hygiene Association - $250 

 

Dr. Lanre Meeks 

Palatally-impacted Canines: Surgical Techniques 

Oklahoma Society of Periodontists - $250 

 

Haley King, DH2 

Dental Hygienists’ Knowledge and Usage of Probiotics in Dentistry 

Oklahoma Dental Hygienists' Association - $250 

 

Morgane Curtis, DH2 

Applications for Botox in Dentistry 

Oklahoma County Dental Hygienist Society - $250 

 

Chelsea Dyer, DH2 

Molars and Memory: The Link Between Mastication and Cognition 

Burkhart Dental Supply Company - $250 as Gift Card 

 

Denise Ramirez, DH2 

CBD: Oral Health Effects
Burkhart Dental Supply Company - $250 as Gift Card 

 

Dr. Amanda Akkari and Dr. Katherine Gamble 

Establishing Treatment Options for Xerostomia 

Oklahoma Dental Association - $200 

 

Katie Thompson, DH2 

Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy
Western Oklahoma Dental Hygienists Society - $200 

 

Allie Rhinehart, DH2 

Breast Cancer and the Oral Cavity 

Staples Society - $200 

 

Bethanie Gray, DH2 

The Dental Hygienist’s Role in Nutritional Counseling 

Staples Society - $200 

 

Dr. Graham Shadwick and Dr. Nicholas Chaney 

Photography in Dentistry
Oklahoma Academy of General Dentistry - $200 

 

Dr. Jade Nix and Dr. Kaylee Speer 

The Uses of Botulinum Toxin in Dentistry 

Oklahoma County Dental Society - $200 

 

Haley King, DH2 

Dental Hygienists’ Knowledge and Usage of Probiotics in Dentistry 

Student Council (Student Choice Award) - $100 

 

Alison Agee, DS3 and Alex Kirkpatrick, DS3 

Oklahoma Children’s First Dental Visit: A Physician’s Perspective 

Student Council (Student Choice Award) - $100 

 

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COLLEGE OF DENTISTRY

The OU College of Dentistry is home to the state’s only doctor of dental surgery program and baccalaureate degree program in dental hygiene. More than 60 percent of the state of Oklahoma’s dentists are graduates of the OU College of Dentistry. The college provides general dental care and specialty care to Oklahomans through student, resident and faculty practice clinics. The OU College of Dentistry has established a reputation of training its students to provide the highest quality of clinical care available.