Two UNC-Chapel Hill dental students, Jonathan M. Reside and Kathryn “Katie” Hawn, received scholarships from the Hinman Dental Society at the 96th Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting, held in March.
Hinman Scholars are invited to attend the Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting in Atlanta, where they receive their awards at a special luncheon. Dr. Ken May, the School of Dentistry’s vice dean, attended the recent meeting to congratulate and support the School’s scholarship recipients.
This year, the meeting was forced to close early for the first time in its 96-year history when a tornado hit Atlanta and caused extensive damage to the Georgia World Congress Center and Omni Hotel at CNN Center.
Individual schools nominate students for the scholarships, and the student nominees must be junior student members of the American Dental Association, as well as in the top 10 percent of their class.
Reside, a third-year dental student, received the School of Dentistry’s 2008 Omicron Kappa Upsilon Excellence in Student Research Award for his table clinic titled “Ik-Bα and Cell-Mediated Bone Repair: Preliminary Results.” He also has received the North Carolina American Association for Dental Research’s Alumni Award for Excellence in Student Research. Reside is a class representative on the School’s Clinical Affairs Advisory Committee and a member of several student organizations.
Hawn, also a third-year dental student, served as a 2007-08 Schweitzer Fellow; the North Carolina Schweitzer Fellows Program selects the fellowship recipients, who create and implement projects that help improve quality of life for underserved populations. She also serves on the School’s Outcomes Assessment Committee and in leadership roles within the School’s chapters of the Hispanic Dental Association and the American Association of Women Dentists.
This year, the Hinman Society provided scholarships and gifts totaling more than $250,000 to 89 dental, dental hygiene, laboratory technician and dental assisting students at 36 Southeastern colleges and universities, and dental education groups and clinics. Hinman scholarship recipient schools are located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.