An annual celebration of the cutting-edge research at the School of Dentistry, including a keynote, poster presentations, and awards. Please note that 2021 Research Day will be a virtual event.

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1:00pm - 2:00pm Keynote Presentation
2pm - Friday, February 19th at 5pm Research Day Poster Session
Open to UM faculty, staff & students (link coming soon)
2:15pm - 4:30pm 411 Short Talks - Judging Session
By invitation only


Arlyne Simon, PhD

Arlyne B. Simon, PhD

Platform Architect, Intel & Founder, Timouns

"Powering through Uncertainty"

Dr. Simon is a biomedical engineer, author and inventor who graduated from the University of Michigan Macromolecular Science and Engineering PhD program and was a School of Dentistry T32-TEAM Training Grant trainee. Her keynote seminar titled "Powering through Uncertainty" will encourage and inspire our students, faculty and staff as we strive to meet our mission of advancing health through education, service, research and discovery.


Research Day 2021 will be highlighted with a Virtual Poster Session that opens Thursday, February 18th.

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SCADA Winner

Name Place Level Mentor Title
Shawn Hallett n/a DDS/PhD Noriaki Ono Contribution of PTHrP-expressing chondrocytes in the cranial base synchondrosis

AADR Travel Award

Name Place Level Mentor Title

DDS, DH, MS, Undergraduate

  Clinical Research and Public Health

Name Place Level Mentor Title
Matthew Galli 1st Masters Perio Hom-Lay Wang Maintenance regularity differentially impacts periodontitis-related tooth loss according to staging and grading

  Basic Science & Translational Research

Name Place Level Mentor Title
Afriti Chinoy 1st Undergrad Yuji Mishina Evc2 Function In Mesenchymal (Neural Crest Cells Derived) Tissue Is Critical For Molar Morphology

PhD, Post Doc, Faculty, Staff

  Clinical Research and Public Health

Name Place Level Mentor Title
Cindy Pérez-Pacheco 1st Postdoc Nisha D'Silva Nerve Parameters Associated with Clinical Outcome in Oral Cancer

  Basic Science & Translational Research

Name Place Level Mentor Title
Noam Gannot 1st PhD Peng Li A Neural Control Circuit for Coughing

Dental Hygiene

Name Place Level Mentor Title
Jamie Britton, Christine Clark, and Alexis Lubin 1st Original Research Award: DH4As Darlene Jones Confidence in Current and Future Dental Providers Treating Special Needs Patients
Jordyn Chouinard, Erika Elliott, and Meggie Kluck 2nd Original Research Award DH4As Valerie Nieto and Stefanie VanDuine Effects of Coconut Oil, Sesame Oil, and CPP-ACP Chewing Gum on the pH Levels of Saliva: A Pilot Study
Aihab Agour and Marla Govan Table Clinic Award DH4As Dr. Kenichi Kuroda The Science and Toxicity of Mercury in Dental Amalgam Restorations
Ana Maldonado 1st Original Research Award: DH4Bs Dr. Albert Chan and Dr. Oliver Kripfgans Inter-examiner Ultrasound Calibration of Periodontal Phenotype Parameters: A Retrospective Study
Taylor Hamilton, Maddison Phelps, and Chelsea Spangler 2nd Original Research Award DH4Bs Stefanie VanDuine The Athlete's Oral Health and Contributing Factors: A Closer Look
Angelica Chapa and Allyson Erickson Table Clinic Award DH4Bs Iwonka Eagle and Stefanie VanDuine Hormonal Changes During Puberty and Effect on the Oral Health of Young Females

Jan's Prize Award

Name Title
Mizuki Nagata Research Fellow in the Wanida Ono Lab

Distinguished Faculty Award

Name Title
Jacques Nör Donald A. Kerr Collegiate Professor of Dentistry, Chair of the Department of Cariology, Restorative Science and Endodontics

Research Staff Recognition Award

Name Title
Deb Keedy Administrative Specialist, Biologic and Materials Sciences & Prosthodontics
Tao Jin Research Area Specialist, Office of Research


Research Day 2021 will be a virtual event.

Abstracts will be pre-judged with finalists identified to present on Research Day at the live Judging Session on Thursday, February 18th from 2:15-4:30pm.

Finalists will be identified after February 1st and informed via email that they will be presenting during the live judging session.

Presentation will be a 411 Model - 4 Minutes to present their research using 1 presentation (up to 4 slides) and responding to 1 question. Professional dress is required for finalist presentations



Category & Eligibility Category 1
Clinical, Public Health, Behavioral and Education Research
Category 2
Basic Science Research and Translational Science
Degree Seeking students:
DDS, Hygiene, Masters and Undergrad students
1st Place Award
1st Place Award
PhD Students (DDS/PhD) and Postdoctoral Trainees 1st Place Award
1st Place Award
SCADA/Dentsply Award
Eligibility - D1, D2 or D3 or DDS/PhD only
1st Place - Goes to top ranked score of current DDS or DDS/PhD eligible student
Award: Expenses paid for presenting at AADR (membership, registration, hotel, flight)
AADR Student Travel Award:
Enrolled student who has an approved abstract to present at AADR
Top Research Day Finalist who is also presenting at AADR/IADR in July 2021
Award winner announced in April 2020
Travel support
Dental Hygiene Awards TBD


Abstract Submission is CLOSED.



The research may not have been published (even as an abstract) or presented at any national or international meeting (excluding state, regional or institutional meetings) prior to submission. Students at all levels, Postdoctoral Trainees and research staff are encouraged to participate.

The individual participating in the competition must be from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, or the research must be in direct collaboration with a faculty member from the School of Dentistry.

If an abstract is submitted, the presenter(s) are committing to provide a poster via PDF of the titled abstract submitted no later than Monday, February 15th, The poster will be uploaded to the Research Day 2021 virtual event.

Note: Judging eligibility has been changed for 2021 (See judging info below)

Information required for the abstract submission includes:


Please keep in mind that the category you select during the application process is the category in which you will be judged. If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to your faculty advisor for advice on the best placement of your research.

  1. Clinical, Public Health, Behavioral and Education Research: focus on clinical research questions in general dentistry or one of the clinical dental specialties and may focus on diagnostic approaches, interventions and/or prevention and/or may evaluate clinical techniques, materials or devices directly related to oral health care. This category also includes educational research, epidemiology, public health, community-based, and/or public policy research.
  2. Basic Science and Translational Research: generally hypothesis-driven projects involving some aspect of basic or translational sciences. Translational research pertains to studies that investigate the application of basic science findings to clinical situations. Research in this category may address a technique or method involving a biological or physical science.