Short-Term Fellowships

DDS Short Term Fellowships

The Dental Foundation of North Carolina and Dental Alumni Association sponsor fellowships to promote DDS student research involvement through individual projects under the direction of faculty mentors.

Each fellowship consists of a student stiped of $1,500 and up to $400 of additional funding available for travel expenses for the student to present their research at a scientific meeting.

Up to $500 will also be allocated to the mentor for student research related expenses.

Thirteen fellowships were awarded in the 2021-22 school year. Congratulations!

Proposals should be submitted to Associate Dean for Research, Discovery and Innovation, Shannon Wallet, PhD (

2021-2022 Awardees and Mentors

Awardee: Caroline Allbert
Project Title: Spectral Characteristics of Speech in Children with Repaired Cleft Palate
Mentor: David Zajac

Awardee: Carolyn Collins
Project Title: The Antimicrobial Efficacy of Silver Nanoparticles
Mentor: Roland Arnold

Awardee: Mustafa Girnary
Project Title: Print Quality of Resin Patterns on Different 3D Printers
Mentor: Ingeborg De Kok

Awardee: Katherine Grant
Project Title: Evaluation of fir based on Margin Design for 3D Printed Crown Patterns
Mentor: Wendy Clark

Awardee: Kamaira Philips
Project Title: Influence of abrasive strips finishing/polishing technique on biofilm adherence in Bulk-Fill composite resins
Mentor: Apoena Ribeiro

Awardee: Neal Quinn
Project Title: Evaluation of Mechanical Strength of 3D Printed Resin Crowns
Mentor: Wendy Clark

Awardee: Davied Sanchez
Project Title: Low-Intensity Pulsed Ultrasound for Rapid Prototyping of Skeletal Muscle
Mentor: Rishma Shah

Awardee: Jared Sobo
Project Title: New Aged Tricalcium Silicates Discoloration of Dentin
Mentor: Taseer Sulaiman

Awardee: Nishma Vias
Project Title: Characterization of Biomarker Profiles for Periodontal Disease Classes
Mentor: Julie Marchesan

Awardee: Mylan Young
Project Title: MicroRNA Profiling in Patients with External Cervical Resorption
Mentor: Rishma Shah

Awardee: Emily Nan Stalling
Project Title: Effect of Ultrasound Application on the Surface roughness of Glass Ionomer
Mentor: Bert Vasconcellos

Awardee: Arlet Montes Sanchez
Project Title: Hispanic Oral health Prevention and Education Program
Mentor: Apoena Ribeiro

Awardee: Raven Selden
Project Title: Evaluating Effects of Animal-Assisted Therapy on Anxiety in Pediatric Dental Patients
Mentor: Laura Jacox

2019-2020 Awardees and Mentors

Awardee: Babak Yousefi
Project Title: Molecular Characterization of Irreversible Pulpitis
Mentor: Ashraf Fouad

Awardee: Adam Hoxie
Project Title: MicroCT as Reference for ICDA and QLF-D Activity Exams
Mentor: Apeona Ribiero

Awardee: Mustafa Girnary
Project Title: Caspase-1 Inhibition Decreases Alevolar Bone Loss
Mentor: Julie Marchesan

Awardee: Monica Kim
Project Title: Engaging Effective Student Communication Skills
Mentor: Kate Ciarrocca

Awardee: Koby Martin
Project Title: Sex Impact of Caspase-1 in Experimental Periodontitis
Mentor: Julie Marchesan

Awardee: Zachary Burke
Project Title: Prevalence and Genetic Determinants of Enamel Defects
Mentor: Kimon Divaris

Awardee: Hudson Spangler
Project Title: Real-time 3D Modeling for Chairside Patient Education
Mentor: Kimon Divaris

Awardee: Scott V. Phillips
Project Title: Determining the Biological Boundaries of Tooth Movement
Mentor: Tung Nguyen

Awardee: Colin Laprade
Project Title: Tomosynthesis Proximal Contact Imaging Study
Mentor: Angela Broome

Awardee: Pegah Khosravi-Kamrani
Project Title: Characterizing Class Ill Subtypes and Treatment Modes
Mentor: Sylvia Frazier-Bowers

Awardee: Blaine Radley
Project Title: Molecular Analysis of Tooth Eruption Disorders
Mentor: Sylvia Frazier-Bowers

Awardee: Ian R Stewart
Project Title: s-IOT and Transillumination in the Detection of Proximal Caries
Mentor: Angela Broome

2018-2019 Awardees and Mentors

Awardee: Hannah Randall
Project Title: Dental Fracture Detection Using Advanced Image Analysis
Mentor: Andre Mol

Awardee: Marla O’Neal
Project Title: Clinical Outcomes of Permanent Teeth Treated with SDF
Mentor: Andrea Zandona/Rick Walter

Awardee: Danielle Burgess
Project Title: Herpesviruses and Periodontitis in HIV Populations
Mentor: Jennifer Webster-Cyriaque

Awardee: Babak Yousefi
Project Title: microRNA Profiles in a Rodent Model of Pulpitis
Mentor: Asma Khan

Awardee: Nathan Yip
Project Title: Association of Endodontic Infections and Type 2 Diabetes
Mentor: Ashraf Fouad

Awardee: Ryan Gross
Project Title: YouTube: Peer Tutoring in Dental Education
Mentor: Ashraf Fouad

Awardee: Shawn Dua
Project Title: Novel Interprofessional Virtual Clinic for JIA Patients
Mentor: Shaun Matthews

Awardee: Dani Fox
Project Title: Dental Fracture Detection Using Advanced Image Analysis
Mentor: Asma Khan

2017-2018 Awardees and Mentors

Awardee: Ryan Kearney
Project Title: 10 Years of Alveolar Bone Grafting in Cleft Patients at UNC
Mentor: Rishma Shah

Awardee: Brittany Spruiell
Project Title: Craniofacial Characterization of Marfan Syndrome
Mentor: Sylvia Frazier-Bowers

Awardee: Daniel Wade Townsend
Project Title: Examination of Trends in Pediatric Dental Treatment
Mentor: Andrea Zandona

Awardee: Korry Tauber
Project Title: Development of a Word Recognition Survey to Test Orthodontic Oral Health Literacy: ORTHO-30
Mentor: Tate Jackson

Awardee: Donna Lynn Thomas
Project Title: Orthodontic Root Resorption in Short Root Anomaly
Mentor: Sylvia Frazier-Bowers