Bates Andrews Research Day

Each year Tufts University School of Dental Medicine holds the Bates-Andrews Reseach Day to honor George A. Bates, an alumnus who taught Tufts medical and dental students. The student research societies sponsor “Bates Day” annually, and it features

  • Student table clinics showcasing research conducted during the preceding year
  • Commercial exhibitor displays
  • Student and faculty photography and arts & crafts exhibitions

Bates-Andrews Research Day gives students an opportunity to share their accomplishments in fields of special interest with the rest of the Tufts community. Since the 1930’s Bates Day has promoted student research and thereby enhanced the opportunities for professional growth of students, alumni and faculty.

Awards given:

Faculty members judge student presentations and several prizes are awarded as described below.

  • 1st place (1st, 2nd, or 3rd year dental students): ADA/Dentsply Student Clinician Program Award for Best Overall Predoctoral Table Clinic (winner will present at the annual ADA convention)
  • 2nd and 3rd place (1st, 2nd, or 3rd year dental students) students will present at the annual Greater New York or other regional meeting, and receive $100
  • 4th year dental students: Andrews Society Award for the Best Scientific Research Presentation by a Senior (winner receives $100)
  • Postgraduate students: Bates Society Award for Best Postgraduate Table Clinic (winner receives $100)
  • Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) Research Award for Public Health Research (the award is for $1500 to be used to fund that student’s summer research project)
  • Bates Day OKU Award (OKU faculty vote to award a deserving student presenter $200)
  • Proctor & Gamble Travelling Fellowship Award ($1500 to help defray costs to the annual American Association of Dental Research meeting – student must already have his/her abstract accepted by the AADR)

All students who received Student Summer Research Fellowships from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine are required to present at Bates Day. Graduate students and students who did research at other institutions are encouraged to participate.

Winners of the 2017 Bates-Andrews Day

Best Postgraduate Poster Presentation (cash prize donated by Natick Dental Partners):

Dr. Pooyan Refahi (Periodontics) “Comparison of Autogenous Graft and Soft Tissue Alternatives: Case Report”

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Irina Dragan

Best Scientific Research Presentation by a Senior (Andrews Society Award) (cash prize donated by Natick Dental Partners):

Kanupriya Tewari “Effect of Material and Storage Temperature on Sealant Microleakage”

Faculty Mentors: Drs. John Morgan and Gerard Kugel

ADA/Dentsply Student Clinician Award for Best Overall Predoctoral Table Clinic (travel to present research at 2017 ADA Annual Session):

Yusuf Sheikh “Retrospective Analysis of Tooth Loss Following Periodontal Regeneration: 196 Patients”

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Yumi Ogata

Second Place Award for Predoctoral Table Clinic (cash prize donated by Natick Dental Partners, and present research at Greater NY Dental Meeting):

Lauren Gerkowicz “Identifying Stress-Related Variables: Building Effective Programs to Reduce Student Burnout”

Faculty Mentors: Dr. Ellen Patterson

Third Place Award for Predoctoral Table Clinic (cash prize donated by Natick Dental Partners, and present research at Greater NY Dental Meeting):

Harsh Patwari “Prevalence of Medical Emergencies at TUSDM”

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Archana Viswanath

Research Committee Award for Basic Science Research:

Arietta Rigopoulos “Tumor Cell Energy Metabolism in Basal Cell Carcinoma Development”

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Addy Alt-Holland

Massachusetts Dental Society and ASDA Public Health Award (cash prize donated by the Massachusetts Dental Society):

Houda Hamze “Knowledge and Awareness of Boston Public School Nurses on the Emergency Management of Dental Trauma”

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Tarunjeet Pabla

Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) Hilde Tillman Award (cash prize donated by OKU):

Stephanie Phillis and Sarah Schuback “Silk Fiber Films for the Localized Release of Antibiotics”

Faculty Mentors: Drs. Gerard Kugel and Driss Zoukhri

Chad Anderson Family Award for Innovative Methodology and Research Design (cash prize donated by Dr. Chad Anderson):

Michelle Ta “Microleakage Evaluation of Elevated Temperatures in Combined Adhesives and Restoratives”

Faculty Mentors: Drs. John Morgan and Gerard Kugel

Esthetic Dentistry Award (cash prize donated by Dr. Aikaterini Papathanasiou):

Timothy Reichheld “Observational Staining Properties of Silver Fluoride on Dental Materials”

Faculty Mentors: Drs. Gerard Kugel and Ronald Perry

Scientific Merit Award for First-Time Presenters (cash prize donated by Dr. Matthew Finkelman):

Syed Hussain “Color Stability of Three Restorative Materials – An In Vitro Study”

Faculty Mentors: Drs. Steven Eisen and Gerard Kugel

Oral Health Disparities Award (cash prize donated by Dr. John Morgan):

Tuvy Phan “Phase II: Testing an Oral Health Educational Booklet on the Appeal, Readability & Usefulness with Students and Patients in the TUSDM Pre-Doctoral Clinic”

Faculty Mentor: Natalie Hagel

Bates Student Research Group “Peer-reviewed” Award:

Holly Fadie “Opportunities for Speech-Language-Pathologists to Incorporate Oral Health in Practice”

Faculty Mentor: Dr. John Morgan

ADEA Student Group Educational Research Award:

Meghan Kelley “’ADEA Hack-a-Thon’ Suggests Interprofessional Education Most Vital to Academic Success”

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Irina Dragan

Procter & Gamble AADR Traveling Fellowship Award:

Sahar Mostafavi “Early Flexural Strength of Temporary Crown and Bridge Materials”

Faculty Mentors: Drs. Gerard Kugel and Ronald Perry

AADR Student Research Day Award:

Andrew Lum “Lateral Wall Thickness among Schneiderian Membrane Perforations: A CBCT Study”

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Yong Hur

Multicultural Award for the Advancement of Dental Research (travel award donated by Dr. Kistama Naidu):

Sangita Murali “Extrinsic Stain Removal: A Power Toothbrush vs. Manual Toothbrush Study”

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ronald Perry

Winners of the 2016 Bates-Andrews Day:

Best Postgraduate Poster Presentation (cash prize donated by Natick Dental Partners):

Dr. Zuhair Natto (Implant Dentistry, Periodontics) “Effect of Mucograft Seal on Post-extraction Ridge Preservation using Bone Allograft: A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial and Radiographic Evaluation

Best Scientific Research Presentation by a Senior (Andrews Society Award) (cash prize donated by Natick Dental Partners):

Hannah Gilman “Geographic Distribution of Dental Patients with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities”

Faculty Mentor: Dr. John Morgan

ADA/Dentsply Student Clinician Award for Best Overall Predoctoral Table Clinic (travel to present research at 2016 ADA Annual Session):

Matthew Coletti “Adhesive Thickness Influence on the Decision to Replace Composite Restorations”

Faculty Mentors: Drs. Gerard Kugel and Steven Eisen

Second Place Award for Predoctoral Table Clinic (cash prize donated by Natick Dental Partners, and present research at Greater NY Dental Meeting):

Jacob Donohue “Ion Releasing Materials, Demineralization, and Shear Strength of Orthodontic Brackets”

Faculty Mentors: Drs. Gerard Kugel and Ronald Perry

Third Place Award for Predoctoral Table Clinic (cash prize donated by Natick Dental Partners, and present research at Greater NY Dental Meeting):

Lauren Gerkowicz “Promoting Wellness in Dental Students; a Survey Study of Perceived Stress and Stress Management”

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ellen Patterson

Research Committee Award for Basic Science Research:

Kathryn Weber “Silencing Snai1 with siRNA and shRNA in murine BM-MSCs”

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Driss Zoukhri

Massachusetts Dental Society and ASDA Public Health Award (cash prize donated by the Massachusetts Dental Society):

Khusbu Patel “Oral Health Quality of Life in Intellectually/Developmentally Disabled (IDD) Individuals”

Faculty Mentor: Dr. John Morgan

Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) Hilde Tillman Award (cash prize donated by OKU):

Gayathri Shenoy “Evaluation of the Evidence-Based Clinical Questions Presented During the Basic and Clinical Sciences Spiral Seminar Series (BaSiCSsss)”

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Irina Dragan

Chad Anderson Family Award for Innovative Methodology and Research Design (cash prize donated by Dr. Chad Anderson):

Alissa Mariano “Irradiance Comparison of Various Curing Lights under Different Distance Positioning”

Faculty Mentors: Drs. Ronald Perry and Gerard Kugel

Aikaterini Papathanasiou Award for Promotion of Esthetic Dentistry:

Michelle Ta “Microleakage Evaluation of Elevated Temperatures in Adhesive Systems”

Faculty Mentors: Drs. Gerard Kugel and John Morgan

Scientific Merit Award for First-Time Presenters:

Jennifer Denike “Self-Assessment Accuracy of Third Year Dental Students in Operative Dentistry”

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Steven Eisen

Oral Health Disparities Award

Douglas Kim “Retrospective Study to Assess an Oral Health Program in Zambia”

Faculty Mentor: Dr. John Morgan

Bates Student Research Group “Peer-reviewed” Award:

Andrew Lum “Association between Sinus Membrane Thickness and Perforation during Sinus Augmentation”

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Yong Hur

ADEA Student Group Educational Research Award:

Kathleen Molgaard “Changing Demographics of Published Authors in United States Dental Journals”

Faculty Mentors: Dr. Nadeem Karimbux

Procter & Gamble AADR Traveling Fellowship Award:

Nancy Epstein “Comparison of Compressive Strength of Liner Materials

AADR Student Research Day Award:

Kunal Dani “Comparison of Different Delivery Techniques for Placing Bulkfill Composites”

Faculty Mentors: Drs. Gerard Kugel, Aikaterini Papathanasiou, and Steven Eisen