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TODAY news for Thursday, December 17, 2007

School of Dentistry news

Dental class of 2009 achieves 100 percent pass rate on National Board, part I, taken this past summer

The dental class of 2009 achieved complete success on the National Board Dental Examination, part I, with 100 percent pass rate on their first attempt.

A special banquet to celebrate this achievement was held October 10, at Shandin Hills Golf Club in San Bernardino. Each of the 91 members of the class was given their choice of a gift worth approximately $250.

Thirty-seven students chose to donate the $250 back to the School to support dental student missions. The Alumni Association will match these funds.

According to the American Dental Association, the purpose of the examination is to assist state boards in determining qualifications of dentists who seek licensure to practice dentistry. The examination assesses the ability to understand important information from basic biomedical and dental sciences and also the ability to apply such information in a problem-solving context.

Academic Excellence Silver Awardees

This year 18 dental students earned Academic Excellence Silver Awards. Students qualify by scoring a standard deviation above the national mean for either National Boards part I or II. The School covers the cost of the board exam of the students’ choice.

This year’s awardees are: Carl Appleton, Kimberly Bensonhaver, Julie Catalano, Jonathan Channer, Vanessa Chun, Vincent Drouin, Benjamin Emery, Shaun Flynn, Devin Gerrard, Nolan Korando, Parisa Peniman-Zadeh, Tung Pham, Sonny Porter, Ivan Rees, Leslie Seaman, Dennis Simental, Margaret Soh, and Jasper Yai.

By Nancy Yuen

TODAY news for Thursday, December 17, 2007