OU College of Dentistry's 41st Scientific Day Winners
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OU College of Dentistry's 41st Scientific Day Winners

OU College of Dentistry's 41st Scientific Day Winners


Published: Monday, April 25, 2022

41st Annual Scientific Day

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry held its 41th Annual Scientific Day on Tuesday, April 12. 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. 

Sharukh Khajotia, B.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., Associate Dean for Research and Innovation, and Professor of Dental Biomaterials, described 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 annual Student Research Program, and undergraduate students working toward a Bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene can choose to participate in the program too,” said Dr. Khajotia. “We are fortunate to receive tremendous support from the J. Dean Robertson Society of the OU Foundation, Inc. and the Delta Dental of Oklahoma Foundation, both of whom have sponsored Scientific Day for many years and also fund dental and graduate students’ research projects.”

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, the 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 Emily Forthum, DH2

A Retrospective Study of Peri-Implantitis By Record Analysis

 

 

 

Second Place: $250 award goes to Anna Boucher, DH2

Oklahoma Dental Professionals’ Inclusion of Botox In Dentistry

 

Third Place: $100 award goes to Mackenzie Michelsen, DH2

Job Satisfaction Among Dental Professionals

 

Dental Category:

First Place: $500 award goes to Nichole Musick, DS2

Bleaching Efficacy of Hydrogen Peroxide With Metaloxide Nanoparticles

 

Second Place: $250 award goes to Jack Koszykowshi, DS2

Esterase Immersion Alters Adhesive Resins’ Composition After 30 Days

 

Third Place: $100 award goes to Caroline Graham, DS3

Diagnostic Accuracy of Digital Image Enhancement In Caries Detection 

 

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.

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

 

Caroline Graham, DS3

Diagnostic accuracy of digital image enhancement in caries detection 

Dentsply Sirona - AADOCR Trip (Portland OR)

 

Kali Sanders, DH2

The effects of cannabis use on oral health

Student American Dental Hygiene Association - $1000

 

Shaniah Green, DH2

Use of platelet-rich products in dentistry

Student American Dental Hygiene Association - $500

 

Trista Wright, DH2

Non-pharmacological interventions to reduce dental anxiety

Delta Dental of Oklahoma Foundation - $500

 

Philip Morton, DS3

Esterase alteration of biofilms on experimental adhesive resins 

Delta Dental of Oklahoma Foundation - $500

 

Dr. Danielle Nici

Radiographic assessment of inter-root distance: a comparison study 

Oklahoma Orthodontics Society - $500

 

Dr. Shiyamali Sundararajan

Atypical case of periodontitis - Evaluation, diagnosis, and therapy 

Omicron Kappa Upsilon Probst-Felton Award - $500

 

Victoria Rosko, DH2

Oral effects of depression

Dr. and Mrs. Don Ishmael Dental Hygiene Research Award - $400

 

Vicky Lor, DH2

Asthma and oral health considerations

Dr. and Mrs. Don Ishmael Dental Hygiene Research Award - $400

 

Dr. Katherine Gamble and Dr. Edith Lu

Analyzing design and material options for FP-3 dentures 

Oklahoma Section of the American College of Prosthodontists - $400

 

Jack Koszykowski, DS2

Esterase immersion alters adhesive resins’ composition after 30 days 

Donald L. Mitchell Excellence in Prosthodontics - $300

 

Faith Jo, DH2

Sensory interventions on reducing dental anxiety

Oklahoma Association of Women Dentists - $300

 

Dr. Frank Kajiwara

Bone block grafts

Michael D. Rohrer Fund - $300

 

Dr. Olanrewaju Meeks

Prevalence and severity of periodontitis in thyroid disease patients 

Oklahoma Dental Association - $300

 

Krystin Meyer, DH2

Laser therapy used by dental hygienists

Student American Dental Hygiene Association - $250

 

Krystal Hernandez, DH2

Impacts of cultural and language disparities in dental care

Student American Dental Hygiene Association - $250

 

Dr. Nasim Lasemi

Alveolar ridge expansion by osseodensification: A case series 

Oklahoma Society of Periodontists - $250

 

Meagan Hoover, DH2

The oral effects of xanthine

Oklahoma Society of Periodontists - $250

 

Cindy Nguyen, DH2

Health related conditions of RDH’s and current interventions 

Oklahoma Society of Periodontists - $250

 

Imelda Virgen, DH2

Variables dental hygienists face and its impact on the underserved 

Oklahoma Society of Periodontists - $250

 

Elizabeth Bullard, DH2

The importance of oral health care in long-term care facilities 

Oklahoma Dental Hygienists' Association - $250

 

Riley Selcer, DH2

The effects of chemotherapy on the oral cavity

Oklahoma County Dental Hygienist Society - $250

 

Lindsey Garrett, DH2

The benefits of orofacial myofunctional therapy

Donald L. Mitchell Excellence in Prosthodontics - $200

 

Hunter Stephens, DS2

Effects of solvent evaporation time on degree of conversion 

Staples Society - $200

 

Kylie Meazell, DH2

Dental anxiety: Contributing factors and clinical management techniques 

Staples Society - $200

 

Dr. Ana Ruzo and Dr. Meredith Turbeville

The dangers of occupational noise exposure in dentistry

Oklahoma Academy of General Dentistry - $200

 

Kiley Warren, DH2

Oral health and the pregnant patient

Western Oklahoma Dental Hygienists Society - $200

 

Nichole Musick, DS2

Bleaching efficacy of hydrogen peroxide with metaloxide nanoparticles 

American Student Dental Association - $100

 

Dr. Sandra Perozo-Vazquez

Morphological and chemical characterization of dentin grafts 

Oklahoma County Dental Society - $100

 

Emily Forthun, DH2

A retrospective study of peri-implantitis by record analysis

Student Council (Student Choice Award) - $100

 

Caroline Graham, DS3

Diagnostic accuracy of digital image enhancement in caries detection 

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 70 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.