Summer Scholars Present Their Research

Summer Scholars Present Their Research

















Each year, dental students who rank in the top one-third to one-half of their class are invited to apply to the Summer Scholars Program. The students who are selected receive a stipend and, more importantly, the opportunity to participate in research projects in collaboration with faculty mentors. During the nine-week program, students work in the School of Dentistry’s state-of-the-art laboratories and clinics. Hands-on duties encompass a wide range of research tasks, such as conducting literature searches, preparing specimens, gathering data and analyzing results. At the end of the summer, students produce a research paper, give an oral presentation, and submit a research abstract for the next national meeting of the American Association for Dental Research at which they present their research results in oral or poster presentations. Upon successful completion of the program, students earn one credit hour of independent study. (See table below for a complete list of the scholars, mentors, and projects.)


2014 Summer Scholars, Mentors, and Projects

Scholar Presenter


Project Title

Nicole Ainsworth Dr. Friesen Obesity Survey – Knowledge, Beliefs and Attitudes of Dental and Medical Students towards the overweight and obese patient.
Jamie Ball Dr. Gorski & Dr. Walker Characterization of enamel matrix proteins in MMP-20 null and control mice
Kaylee Bergman Dr. Walker  & Dr. Deines The Influence of Different Finishing Procedures on Surface Roughness of Zirconia Ceramic
Laura Faulkner Dr. Wang & Dr. Yao Effect of a Collagen-Stabilizing Etchant on Interfacial Dentin Bond in Composite Restoration
Joshua Farr Dr. Bonewald & Dr. Maurel Effects of beta-Catenin Deletion in Osteocytes on Bone Response to Unloading.
Michael Greaves Dr. Branson An Examination of the Oral Health Status of Children Enrolled in a WIC Oral Health Program Residing in a Non-fluoridated Community
Paul Harris Dr. Nickel & Dr. Iwasaki Numerical Modeling of CNS Organization of the Muscle of Mastication
Paul Hechler Dr. Johnson & Dr. Lara Androgen Hormone Regulation of β-Catenin Signaling in Bone Response to Load
Daniel Kirkpatrick Dr. Bonewald & Dr. Kitase The Effects of beta-aminoisobutyric acid (BAIBA) on 2T3 and MC3T3-E1 Proliferation
Joshua Prather Dr. Ueki & Dr. Kittaka Mechanism of Inflammatory Bone Resorption by Macrophages in Cherubism Mice