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Senior Dental Student Certificate of Merit

This certificate is presented to dental students for outstanding and dedicated service to the profession. Particular emphasis is placed on the student's contributions to the dental literature. Dental school deans select the recipients, and local Section Chairpersons are encouraged to participate in the award presentation. 


2022 Certificate of Merit Awardee

A.T. Still University Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health, Kirksville, MO ~ 

Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health ~ Neil Chandok

Boston University Henry M Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Boston, MA ~ Annce Shah Kadri

Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, Cleveland, OH ~ 

Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, New York, NY ~ Ye Jin An

Creighton University School of Dentistry, Omaha, NE ~ Emilyn S. Asinas

Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University, Augusta, GA ~ 

East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine ~ Walton Colby Godwin

Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Boston, MA ~ Jack Austin Harris

Herman Ostrow School of Denistry of USC, Los Angeles, CA ~ Yongjae Lee

Howard University College of Dentistry, Washington, DC ~ Rahat Hashmi

Indiana University School of Dentistry, Indianapolis, IN ~ 

Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, Loma Linda, CA ~ Rina Inaba

Louisiana State University School of Dentistry, New Orleans, LA ~ Valentina Del Valle Carrillo Gracia 

Marquette University School of Dentistry, Milwaukee, WI ~ Eleni Efstathia Langas

Meharry Medical College, School of Dentistry, Nashville, TN ~ Hannah Jeffress-Vanders

Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine, Charleston, SC ~ 

Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine – Illinois, Downers Grove, IL ~ Gaige Vandezande

Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine, Glendale, AZ ~ Joshua France

Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL ~ Angelika Dzieza

NYU College of Dentistry, New York, NY ~ Hannah Mills

Ohio State University College of Dentistry, Columbus, OH ~ Kelly Doan 

OHSU Oregon Health Science University, Portland, OR ~ Michelle R. Bloemers

Penn Dental Medicine, Philadelphia, PA ~ Jeremy Michael Budd

Roseman University of Health Sciences, College of Dental Medicine, South Jordan, UT ~ Gagandeep Gill

Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, Newark, NJ ~ Mina Antony Ayoub

SIU School of Dental Medicine, Alton, IL ~ Derek Benning

Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine, Stony Brook, NY ~ Rocco Tedesco

Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry, Dallas, TX ~ Aileen To

Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Boston, MA ~ Rodrick D. Wiggins

UAB School of Dentistry, Birmingham, AL ~ Cody Santora

UCLA School of Dentistry, Los Angeles, CA ~ Fernanda Silva Celaya

University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, Buffalo, NY ~ Jacob Antonio Graca

University of California at San Francisco School of Dentistry, San Francisco, CA ~ Theresa Bui

University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, Aurora, CO ~ Chase Lewis

University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, Farmington, CT ~ Madison Cohen

University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, Detroit, MI ~ Rafaella Shammas

University of Florida College of Dentistry, Gainesville, FL ~ Naeem Motlagh

University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Dentistry, Chicago, IL ~ Dominique Bertucci

University of Iowa College of Dentistry, Iowa City, IA ~ Abigail M. Wieland

University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, Lexington, KY ~ Joseph Lee

University of Louisville School of Dentistry Louisville, KY ~ Chad Michael Hartley

University of Maryland, School of Dentistry, Baltimore, MD ~ Justin Maxwell

University of Michigan School of Dentistry, Ann Arbor, MI ~ Korey Searle

University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, Minneapolis, MN ~ Alexandra Kobe 

University of Mississippi School of Dentistry, Jackson, MS ~ Jesse W. Austin, III

University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry, Kansas City, MO ~ Kathryn Teruya

University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry, Lincoln, NE 

University of New England College of Dental Medicine, Portland, ME ~ Garrett A. Finney

University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine, Las Vegas, NV ~ Michael B. Rafferty

University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, Chapel Hill, NC ~ 

University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry, Oklahoma City, OK ~ 

University of The Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, San Francisco, CA ~ 

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA ~ 

University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Dentistry, Memphis, TN ~ 

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Dentistry, San Antonio, TX ~ Ashley Wallace

University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston, Houston, TX ~ Simone A. Menezes

University of Utah School of Dentistry, Salt Lake City, UT ~ Ryan Knighton

University of Washington, School of Dentistry, Seattle, WA ~ 

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry, Richmond, VA ~ Mohammed K. Al-Baghdadi

Western University College of Dental Medicine, Pomona, CA ~ Preet Kaur


Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada ~ Gavin Raddall

University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Cananda ~ Sumit Kochhar

Universite Laval, Faculte de Medecine Dentaire, Quebec, Canada ~ Tian Fang Zhang  

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada ~ Kathryn Purdon

University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine, San Juan, PR ~ Clarimar Soto-Soto

University of Saskatchewan College of Dentistry, Saskatoon, SK, Canada ~ Katie Hu