UW News

February 26, 2009

UW dental student wins national health policy post

Brittany Bensch, a first-year student at the UW School of Dentistry, has been selected as a Washington (D.C.) national health policy extern by the American Student Dental Association (ASDA).

Bensch, 24, will work at the American Dental Association (ADA) offices in Washington, D.C., from June 15 to July 10, conducting research on national health policy. The student association is an affiliate of the ADA.

“This student was chosen from a competitive field of extremely qualified national candidates and will play an important role in achieving the association’s goals for the coming year,” wrote ASDA Executive Director Nancy R. Honeycutt in a letter announcing the appointment.

Bensch was one of eight students selected for externships. She and another student will work in Washington, D.C., while the other six will work in Chicago, where ASDA is based. Bensch, who is from Tacoma, received her undergraduate degree at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn.