Qun Tang, a current student pursuing her M.S. in dental hygiene education, was recently named one of two students nationally to receive the ADEA/Crest Oral-B Scholarship for Dental Hygiene Students Pursuing Academic Careers.
The ADEA/Crest Oral-B Scholarship for Dental Hygiene Students Pursuing Academic Careers supports dental hygiene students who want to work in academia and are actively enrolled in an education program beyond an associate’s degree. Two students are selected annually and receive $2,000 which may be applied to their tuition and fees.
“Although English is her second language, she graduated from the dental assisting and dental hygiene programs with strong GPAs,” said Professor Rebecca Wilder, program director for graduate dental hygiene education. “She is very dedicated to her goal of dental hygiene education and is extremely deserving of this honor.”
Wilder also serves as Tang’s academic advisor and was one of the faculty who nominated Tang for the scholarship.
Tang received several student awards during her education including a national award for dental assisting. She will present her master’s thesis project at the 2012 American Association for Dental Research (AADR) meeting in Tampa, Fla. Currently Tang is conducting her teaching internship in the Dental Hygiene Department at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas.
“It is an honor to be selected for this award,” said Tang. “I’m very excited to be one of two recipients nationwide for the scholarship and am looking forward to a long career in dental hygiene education.”
Tang will graduate with her master’s degree in May, 2012. After graduation, she plans to begin her career in academics.