Two UNC School of Dentistry students were named recipients of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA)/Sigma Phi Alpha Journalism Award. Cynthia Lambert, R.D.H., M.S. received the award for master’s/doctoral dental hygiene students, and Laura Gonzales, R.D.H., B.S. earned the award in the baccalaureate dental hygiene students category. Both students graduated from the school on May 11 during the UNC School of Dentistry 2012 Commencement activities.
Lambert’s thesis committee consisted of Dr. Anne Sanders, her thesis director, Dr. Gary Slade and Professor Rebecca Wilder. Gonzales was mentored by Professor Lynne Hunt. All are in the Department of Dental Ecology.
This honor, sponsored by Johnson & Johnson, recognizes both master’s/doctoral dental hygiene students as well as baccalaureate dental hygiene students who have written a review or original research paper that contributes to the dental hygiene body of knowledge. Both Gonzales and Lambert will receive the award, along with a plaque and $1,000 award, at the association’s annual session opening ceremonies in June.
Students enrolled in or within six months after graduation from a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree program were eligible to apply for the award. Submitted manuscripts were peer-reviewed and ranked by a selection committee.
Both Lambert’s manuscript, Correlation of Perceived Stress and Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) Axis Reactivity in TMD: A Case Control Study, and Gonzales’s manuscript, Periodontal Pathogens and Reactivation of Latent HIV Infection: A Review of the Literature, will be published in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Dental Hygiene, the scientific, peer-reviewed journal of the ADHA.
The ADHA is the largest national organization representing the professional interests of the more than 120,000 dental hygienists nationwide. Sigma Phi Alpha is the National Dental Hygiene Honor Society.