Elaha: I attended IADR as a oral presenter. It was amazing to see all the diverse topics of research. People from all over the world coming together to discuss innovative and new findings. Having an opportunity to attend as a student, really opened my eyes to the realm of research and its crucial role in the advancement of dentistry. I would highly recommend going to the conference at least one time to all students.
Kelsey: I never thought I would have the opportunity to attend a research conference. After participating in the Summer Research Fellowship (SURF) Program I was accepted to present at the International Association of Dental Research (IADR) Conference. Dentists and dental students all over the world are there to share their passion and work. I went not knowing what to expect but left inspired and appreciative all the work it takes to put into research. Dentistry is constantly involving and I am honored to have been a part of the process.
About the Authors: Elaha Bashizada (right), Kelsey Smith (left)
Elaha and Kelsey are 3rd year dental students who are former Summer Research Fellows who both competed in prestigious international competitions at IADR. Elaha’s research was titled “ Water Intake and Prevalence of Childhood Dental Caries.” Kelsey’s was “Does Cyclic Loading Improve Hypoplastic Sutures?”