Dental sophomore Robert V. Weaver is the second place recipient of the 2006 AADR Caulk/Dentsply Student Research Group Award Competition in the basic science category. Weaver received this distinguished recognition during the American Association of Dental Research annual meeting held this March in Orlando, Fla. At the time of the award, Weaver was a freshman dental student.
Weaver was one of seven finalists chosen from a field of undergraduate dental students who have authored or co-authored a report published in a peer-reviewed journal. The AADR judging committee made final award selections based on the merit of the students poster presentation made during the AADR general session.
Weavers presentation was titled, “LuxS-mediated Signaling by Streptococcus mutans in Dual Species Biofilm.” Weaver was mentored by Robert Burne, chair of oral biology. Zezhang T. Wen, research assistant professor of oral biology, provided Weaver with day-to-day project guidance.