For the second year, a select group of students are being provided a key opportunity to present their research at and attend AO’s Annual Meeting, via a program that has resulted in their further professional development.
These individuals, Student Travel Grant recipients of the Osseointegration Foundation’s (OF) the winning students were selected for a travel grant after receiving the top scores of student-submitted oral research and e-poster abstracts for the Annual Meeting as reviewed by members of the AO Research Submissions and E-Poster committee.
Initiated in 2017 to help students with travel cost reimbursement to present their research, the OF, the philanthropic arm of AO, increased the number of grants awarded to 25 this year with additional support received from Anker Dental Systems, bringing the total to 45 student awardees in the past two years.
“I am really excited to have the opportunity to present my research at the AO Annual Meeting, said Dr. Laura Koo Min Chee, a student in prosthodontics at University of Illinois at Chicago. “I was a little nervous at first but after meeting and talking with people in the field, I was excited and it gave me a great sense of accomplishment.”
Dr. Koo Min Chee was selected for her poster, “Color Evaluation of Polymethylmethacrylate with a Novel Nano-Ceramic Coating: In-vitro and Clinical Study” (P104 https://epostersonline.com/osseo2019/node/407)
Ericka Miller, a graduate in prosthodontics at Texas A&M School of Dentistry, was another OF Student Travel Grant recipient for her poster, “Implant Stability for the Novice Surgeon” (P122: https://epostersonline.com/osseo2019/node/241)
“I was encouraged to apply by another student and Dr. William Martin from the University of Florida where I earned my undergraduate degree. “Upon learning I was selected, I was so happy because it is providing me with a career and professional development opportunity I wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford.”
OF’s Student Travel Grants allow students to come to AO’s Annual Meeting to present their research, which also gives them an opportunity to meet world renowned doctors in implant dentistry. Of the 2018 Student Travel Grant recipients, three have had their research accepted for publication. Three other students are in the process of writing their papers.
One of last year’s recipients, Dr. Ghada Alrabeah from London, England, stated the greatest honor was to meet and have the opportunity to speak with Prof. Tomas Albrektsson, University of Gothenburg. Dr. Wataru Kozuma from Japan enjoyed the Annual Meeting as an opportunity to talk with people from around the world.
In addition, Dr. Sara El Husseini Ahmed from Egypt, who is also finalizing her paper for publication, feels AO “is one of the most educational meetings that really addresses hot topics in academic manner more than any other meeting.”
“This is a wonderful year as the Osseointegration Foundation has increased the number of recipients of its Student Travel Grants by 20 percent,” said Robert R. Lemke, chair of the AO Research Submission Committee and member of the AO & OF Research Grant Committee. “While students feel it is a great honor to be selected, it is even a greater honor for the Osseointegration Foundation and one of its sponsors, Anker Dental Implants, to have these students present at AO’s Annual Meeting.”
“We are happy that many of these students were able to gain in so many ways by receiving these grants. This is a very positive step in demonstrating the value of the grants by not only increasing attendance of young researchers and clinicians but of their increased role as leaders,” Dr. Lemke concluded.