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More Than 50 Awards Presented at DDS Senior Banquet

Friday, May 30, 2014 - 1:37pm

Members of the Yellow Practice Group, led by Clinical Assistant Professor Debra Stewart, DDS (center), gathered for a photo at the Senior Awards Banquet in April. Front row from left are Candice Denison, Samuel Carrell, Hieu Minh Truong, Dr. Stewart, Randi Mellon, Ashley Marcks, Candice Hodges and Amanda Pooler. Back row from left: Bryce Gates, John Hoover, Sean LaRue, Xu Liang, Colt Riley and Khushbu Patel.

Members of the Yellow Practice Group, led by Clinical Assistant Professor Debra Stewart, DDS (center), gathered for a photo at the Senior Awards Banquet in April. Front row from left are Candice Denison, Samuel Carrell, Hieu Minh Truong, Dr. Stewart, Randi Mellon, Ashley Marcks, Candice Hodges and Amanda Pooler. Back row from left: Bryce Gates, John Hoover, Sean LaRue, Xu Liang, Colt Riley and Khushbu Patel. More photos are available at http://go.uth.edu/Flickr.  Photo by Brian Schnupp.

More than 50 awards were presented at The University of Texas School of Dentistry’s DDS Class of 2014 Senior Banquet April 25 in the Denton A. Cooley, MD, and Ralph C. Cooley, DDS University Life Center.  

Class President Tim Hill opened the program and introduced Dr. Dan Bentley to lead the invocation. Dean John A. Valenza, DDS, and Dr. Philip Pierpont, associate dean for student and alumni affairs, also spoke briefly before presentation of awards got underway.

Eleven students were recognized as new members of the Mu Mu Chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honorary Society, including Tamir Anver, Kimberly Baskin Borges, Rachel Anne Bishop, Jeremy R. Dewbre, Fabiola Garcia de Rocha, Stephen Katz, Austin Ledingham, Blaine Morris, Duncan Shepard, Jennifer Sun and Timothy C. Woernley, III.  Other awards and winners were as follows:

Academy of Dental Materials Award: Stephanie W. Yang

Academy of Dentistry International Student Servant Leadership Award:  Van H. Vu

Academy of General Dentistry Senior Student Dental Award:  Jeema Dad

Academy of Operative Dentistry Award:  Timothy C. Woernley, III

Academy of Osseointegration Outstanding Dental Student in Implant Dentistry Award: Stephen A. Katz

Stephen A. Katz won the Walter G. Sterling Award for Excellence, presented by Dean John Valenza, DDS (right) in recognition of highest academic performance over all four years.

Stephen A. Katz won the Walter G. Sterling Award for Excellence, presented by Dean John Valenza, DDS (right) in recognition of highest academic performance over four years. See more photos at http://go.uth.edu/Flickr. Photo by Brian Schnupp.

Alpha Omega Certificate of Academic Achievement Award:  Stephen Katz

American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Undergraduate Clinical Case Award: Fabiola Garcia de Rocha

American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry Award:  Sussan A. Helmick

American Academy of Implant Dentistry Undergraduate Dental Student Award: Matthew McCullough

American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Dental Student Award:  Kimberly Baskin Borges

American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Achievement Award:  Timothy C. Woernley, III

American Academy of Oral Medicine Certificate of Merit and Award in Oral Medicine:  Fabiola Garcia de Rocha

American Academy of Orofacial Pain Outstanding Senior Award:  Khushbu Patel

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Predoctoral Student Award:   Shannon Christine Tovson

American Academy of Periodontology Dental Student Achievement Award:  Candice Williams Denison

American Association of Endodontists Student Achievement Award:  Samantha J. Smith and Thu M. Tran

American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Dental Student Award:  Rachel Anne Bishop

American Association of Oral Biologists Oral Biology Award: Timothy C. Woernley, III

American Association of Orthodontists Award:  Austin Ledingham

American Association of Public Health Dentistry Recognition Award:  Jordan B. McHone

American College of Dentists Outstanding Student Leader Award:  Faryn K. Vela

American Dental Society of Anesthesiology Horace Wells Senior Student Award: Fatemeh Moormehei

American Equilibration Society Award:  Hieu M. Truong

American Student Dental Association Award of Excellence:  Samuel A. Carrell

Brian D. Stone Memorial Award for Dental Lifeline Network:  Julian E. Martinez

Delta Dental Student Leadership Award:  Jing Ge, Grant Heller, Radhika Gowali, John Hoover

Dentsply Merit Award in Removable Prosthodontics: Kimberly Baskin Borges

Dr. Rena D’Souza Excellence in Research Award: Timothy C. Woernley, III

James P. Ferguson Award for Excellence in Dental Anatomy:  Jennifer Sun

Greater Houston Dental Society Community Dentistry Award:  Faryn K. Vela

Hanau Best of the Best Award for Excellence in Prosthodontics:  Candice Williams Denison

Hinds Academy Award:  Timothy C. Woernley, III

W. Kenneth Horwitz, DDS, Ethics and Professionalism Award:  John E. Hoover

Houston Academy of General Dentistry Award:  Khushbu Patel

Houston Chapter of the American Association of Dental Researchers Award: Jireh J. Yue

Houston Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Award:  W. Duncan Shepard

International College of Dentists Student Leadership Award:  Stephen Katz

International Congress of Oral Implantologists/Dentsply Student Achievement Award: Radhika M. Gowali

Dr. Donald Charles Kroeger Student Research Scholarship:  W. Duncan Shepard, Rachel A. Bishop, Austin Ledingham

Myron Siegler Esthetic Dentistry Award:  Dara Abu-Sada

Ninth District Dental Society Ethics and Integrity Award:  Jessica K. Wu

The Ninth District Dental Society Award for Professional Collegiality:   Rachel J. Speck

Pierre Fauchard Academy Senior Student Award:  Austin Ledingham

Quintessence Award for Clinical Achievement in Periodontics:  Stephen Katz

Quintessence Award for Clinical Achievement in Restorative Dentistry:  Timothy P. Long

Quintessence Award for Research Achievement:  W. Duncan Shepard

James L. Rout Award:  Austin Ledingham

Society for Simulation in Healthcare Student Award:  Jeffrey C. Riley

Southwest Academy of Restorative Dentistry Award:  Matt McCullough

Special Care Dentistry Association/Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities Student Award: Julian E. Martinez

Walter G. Sterling Award:  Stephen Katz

Texas Association of Women Dentists:  Jeema Dad

Texas Dental Association Outstanding Senior Award:  Khushbu Patel

The University of Texas School of Dentistry Alumni Association Award:  Timothy G. Hill