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Dental Student Wins SIC’s Prestigious Burks Award

Friday, May 16, 2014 - 12:42pm

UTHealth Student InterCouncil representatives Austin Ledingham and Margie Sutton (center) won the 2014 Thomas F. Burks Awards for Outstanding Leadership and Service.  Also pictured is SIC Vice President Natoya Peart.

UTHealth Student InterCouncil representatives Austin Ledingham and Margie Sutton (center) won the 2014 Thomas F. Burks Awards for Outstanding Leadership and Service.  Also pictured is SIC Vice President Natoya Peart.

Fourth-year dental student Austin Ledingham has been honored with a 2014 Thomas F. Burks Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service. The award was one of two Burks Awards presented by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Student InterCouncil “in recognition of outstanding volunteer and service achievements UTHealth."  The other award went to Margie N. Sutton of UT Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Ledingham is the School of Dentistry’s representative on the council.

The Student InterCouncil is the UTHealth student governance organization and is the recognized forum of student opinion and the primary vehicle for student participation in governing the university. The organization is comprised of representatives from each of the six schools and from underrepresented student and international student constituencies.

Originally from Provo, Utah, Ledingham is a 2010 graduate of Brigham Young University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. He will graduate from the School of Dentistry in May and has been accepted into the school’s orthodontics residency program.