Sabharwal, Katrak Selected to Represent UFCD at 2018 Hinman Student Research Symposium

Published: August 27th, 2018

Category: Alumni, Features, Honors, Awards & Appointments, News, Research

Cali Katrak

Cali Katrak

Priya Sabharwal

Priya Sabharwal

University of Florida College of Dentistry first-year students Priya Sabharwal and Cali Katrak will represent the college at the 2018 Hinman Student Research Symposium November 2-4, 2018, at the historic Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee.

The 24th Annual Hinman Student Research Symposium is a national meeting that features oral and poster presentations of research studies by dental students and graduate trainees from dental schools across North America. This year’s program consists of a welcoming banquet, which features Vice President of the American Association for Dental Research Mark C. Herzberg, D.D.S., Ph.D., scientific sessions with awards for the best presentations, and opportunities for getting acquainted and touring the host city.

Katrak and Sabharwal were both part of UFCD’s Summer Research Program, and will have airfare, hotel accommodations, meals and ground transportation covered as the college’s representatives at the symposium.

Abstract Titles | Oral Presentations


Priya Sabharwal (D.M.D. candidate) – Characterizing clinical isolates related to Streptococcus A12

Callahan (Cali) Katrak (D.M.D./Ph.D. candidate) – Characterization of Manganese Transporters in Streptococcus mutans


All UF College of Dentistry D.M.D. students, residents and the college’s 2018 Summer Research Students were invited to submit abstracts to the college’s Research Committee, which then ranked abstracts on a point system to select two students – Katrak and Sabharwal –  to represent the college at the Hinman Student Research Symposium.


Aims of the Hinman Student Research Symposium:

  • Recognize, encourage, and reward student achievements in dental research.
  • Provide students with the educational experience of preparing a research presentation and presenting to an audience of their peers.
  • Facilitate learning about new directions in dental research and the many different areas of current research interest.
  • Promote interactions among outstanding students from across North America.
  • Encourage outstanding students to consider careers in dental research and education.
  • Inform students about opportunities for advanced training in research and programs to support training.
  • Increase the awareness of students entering the dental profession of the methods, scope, and importance of dental research.