UW News

December 3, 2009

Dental student Emily Chu wins Hinman clinical research award

School Of Dentistry



UW dental student Emily Chu won one of the three clinical research awards given at the 15th Hinman Student Research Symposium in Memphis, Tenn., from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1. Her research project studied how problems with phosphate metabolism affect tooth structure and composition and the bony ridge of the jaw that contains tooth sockets.


Chu’s research was directed by UW School of Dentistry Dean Martha Somerman, to whose lab she belongs.


The symposium featured oral and poster presentations of research projects by dental students and graduate students from dental schools across the nation. At this year’s event, 83 students represented 49 dental schools in 29 states, the District of Columbia, and four Canadian provinces.


The symposium was sponsored by the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry and co-sponsored by the Hinman Dental Society, which holds one of the nation’s largest continuing dental education meetings each March in Atlanta. The symposium was also supported in part by grants from the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research, the American Dental Education Association’s Gies Foundation, and the Procter & Gamble Company.


Along with the three clinical research awards, three basic science research awards were given, along with an award from the National Students Research Group of the American Association for Dental Research.