UFCD Dental Students Make a Mark at Hinman Research Symposium

Marissa Burkholder
Marissa Burkholder, DMD Class of 2023

Congratulations to Carson Smith, DMD Class of 2022, and Marissa Burkholder, DMD Class of 2023, who represented the UF College of Dentistry during the Annual Hinman Student Research Symposium in Memphis, Tennessee, on Nov. 1- 3.

The 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. The program consists of a welcoming banquet with a nationally known speaker, scientific sessions with awards for the best presentations, and opportunities for getting acquainted and touring the host city. This year’s symposium was sponsored by the Hinman Dental Society, the ADEAGies Foundation, Proctor & Gamble Company and the Tennessee Dental Association Foundation. The goal of the Hinman Student Research Symposium is to help raise and maintain the quality of dental research and education in the U.S. by encouraging participation of dental students, graduate trainees, and dental school faculty in research to improve oral health care.

Carson Smith
Carson Smith, DMD Class of 2022

Marissa Burkholder is mentored by Jose Lemos, Ph.D., and presented her research project “Identification and characterization of Zinc uptake and efflux systems in Streptococcus mutans” during the poster session.

Carson Smith, is mentored by Bernadett Papp, Ph.D., presented his project “Discovery of Gamma-Glutamyltransferase 6 as a novel Notch pathway component.” During the awards ceremony, he won the National Student Research Group President’s Award for outstanding efforts in student research.

We are proud of you, Carson and Marissa!