Category Archives: Awards, Contests, and Programs

Swarm to serve | Gary Kersey (D20)

SWARM TO SERVE: The buzz surrounding an initiative to replenish 18 community libraries and how a TUSDM student is partnering to improve health literacy.

 Written by: Gary Kersey, Jr.
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine ‘20
The youngest and first to co- author a children’s dental book, entitled: “Everyone Smiles”. Member of the Health Literacy Intensive at TUSDM. Community Service Liaison for the Student National Dental Association.

This past Spring Break, I was able to form a partnership with the Charlotte Hornets/NBA and Bank of America on their 2017 Book Drive to replenish 18 libraries within the community. I became aware of the book drive while browsing the Hornets’ website as I am an avid sports fan and always like to keep up with the latest news involving sports teams from my home-state. While on the website, I came across a post regarding a Book Drive which sparked a thought to reach out to a friend who serves as the Manager of Marketing for the Hornets organization.

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Cindy Se Park, D20 accepts Commission into the Air Force!

Congratulations to the armed forces newest recruit! D20 Cindy Se Ha Park was commissioned into the Air Force as Second Lieutenant Park last Monday, March 20.  Cindy will be receiving full tuition and a monthly stipend through the F. Edward Hébert Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) in exchange for three years of service as a commissioned medical officer upon graduation. Our very own Dr. Charles Rankin, who formerly served in the Air Force as a general dentist, led the small ceremony in the Alumni lounge in the presence of Cindy’s family and friends.

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Bates-Andrews Research Day

Thank you all for your support and participation on Bates-Andrews Research Day! 

It was a very successful event, and we want to acknowledge not only the winners, listed below, but also all of the students who participated and the many faculty who assisted with judging and mentoring our student researchers. The commercial exhibitors provide the funding for this event. We appreciate their support and thank everyone who visited their tables. Special thanks go to our Keynote speaker, Dr. Robert Milman, who gave an excellent presentation on “Distilling Your Message”, strategies for effective communication in research and in practice.

If you would like to see some photos from the event, the Bates Student Research Group posted a bunch on Facebook and Instagram: @bsrg   #BatesDay2017

Winners of this year’s Bates-Andrews Day are as follows:

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New England Hellenic Medical and Dental Society Scholarship

Another great scholarship opportunity: New England Hellenic Medical and Dental Society Scholarship!

In order to be eligible for this award, applicants must:

  • Be enrolled for the upcoming academic year (2017-2018) at an accredited medical or dental institution.
  • Be a member of the New England Hellenic Medical & Dental Society, and be of Hellenic descent.
  • Demonstrate strong academic performance and/or financial need.
  • Display an ongoing interest and commitment to the health field and to Hellenic issues.
  • Be able to be present on May 6, 2017 to accept the award.

The application for this scholarship is available online. Applications are to be filed directly with the NEHMDS scholarship committee no later than April 10th, 2017. Questions should be directed to the NEHMDS at

Student Research Grants from Tisch Community Research Center

Deadline: Wednesday, March 15

The Tisch College Community Research Center at Tufts (TCRC) is a collaborative of Tufts researchers and community representatives from Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, and Medford. A new request for proposal (RFP) solicits requests for micro-grants to support community-engaged student research. Undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines are welcome to apply. We hope that students who apply will also consider joining our list of students involved with community engaged research. Find the RFP information here and contact TCRC Director with any questions.

Funding Available for Post-Election Events!

Tisch College is pleased to continue supporting political learning and engagement by offering special funding to student groups and organizations for events connected to the 2016 presidential election. Applications will be considered for events that address the social, policy, and economic implications of the election, and funding is available for all types of organizations—political groups, activist groups, culture groups, music collectives, sports teams, Greek organizations, language societies, etc.—representing all political ideologies and perspectives.
Email Deena Alexander with any questions!

Uncapping the Truth Behind Sweetened Beverages| Andrew Lum (D18)

Andrew Lum, D18 is Runner Up in ADA/CAAP Health Literacy Essay Contest!

A loud shout-out of congrats to Andrew for his win in the ADA’s Health Literacy Essay Contest for Third-Year Dental Students. Please read this submission below.

Uncapping the Truth Behind Sweetened Beverages

By Andrew Lum, D18

About Sweetened Beverages:

The increasing availability of sweetened drinks has become a global health issue over the past decade, raising several questions about the impact on obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and dental decay. Numerous studies have shown that individuals who regularly consume one or more beverages sweetened with sugar, have a greater incidence of tooth decay.1, 2

In addition to carbonated soft drinks, alternatives such as fruit juice, energy drinks, and even smoothies now contain added sugars which can just as easily damage your teeth—prompting a visit to the dentist.

How do Cavities Form?

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