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CU Dental ISP Class of 2023 Awards

Congratulations to the graduates and faculty recognized this year.

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Written by Laura Ramsey on December 6, 2023

At this year's Graduation Banquet and Awards Ceremony honoring the Advanced Standing International Student Program (ISP) Class of 2023, we acknowledged every graduate for their remarkable dedication, achievements and resilience. Various individual awards, established by dental organizations and the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine (CU SDM), were presented. Select faculty members were also recognized with awards chosen by the graduating class. 

ISP Class of 2023 Awards 

University of Colorado Presidential Recognition Award
Isaura Concepcion Cirillo 

American College of Dentists Award for Ethics and Service
Sondus Alkadri 

American Equilibration Society Award
Shivani Shivkumar Mallishery

Colorado Dental Association Award
Mohita Sharma

Comprehensive Care Award
Vandana Duggirala

Association of American Endodontists Award
Elena Storozhenko

Esthetic Dentistry Award
Lobna Banimostafa

Evidence Based Dentistry Award
Suramya Sharma

Fixed Prosthodontics Award
Ashita Vijay

International College of Dentists Leadership Award
Isaura Concepcion Cirillo

Implant Prosthodontics Award
Alhaitham Abdullah

Operative Dentistry Award
Erine Dorado Mamaril

Oral Diagnosis Award
Sunaina Puri

Oral Medicine Award
Ala Ibrahim Al Shafiei

Oral Pathology Award
Venkata Naga Sravanthi Jonnalagadda

Oral Surgery Award
Fernando Deon

Orthodontics Award
Venkata Naga Sravanthi Jonnalagadda

Pediatric Dentistry Award
Lobna Banimostafa

Periodontics Award
Manpreet Kaur Dhanjal

Pierre Fauchard Academy Award for Ethics and High Standards
Malek Kallel Souayah

Public Health Award
Tarun Sachdeva

Removable Prosthodontics Award
Sondus Alkadri

Research Award
Jyothirmai Talasila

Special Care Award
Manpreet Kaur Dhanjal

Treatment Planning Award
Andrea Beatriz Tinoco Iraheta

Dr. Victoria Saniukovich Humanitarian Award
Mohita Sharma 


Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) 

The OKU national dental honor society represents and promotes the highest standards of scholarship, professionalism and ethics in the dental profession. Each year, Colorado’s Pi Rho Chapter invites new members from the top of their graduating class to join the organization. The ISP Class of 2023 OKU inductees are Lobna Banimostafa, Fernando Deon, Venkata Naga Sravanthi Jonnalagadda, Shivani Shivkumar Mallishery, and Andrea Beatriz Tinoco Iraheta. 

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Sindhu Devanaboyina was honored as the highest-ranking student for the ISP Class of 2024. 

Associate Professor David Moreno, DDS, MS, was honored as the newest faculty inductee. 


Faculty Awards 

The following award recipients were chosen by the Class of 2023. 

Outstanding Didactic Instructor 
Kunjan Kakar, DDS (ISP ’10), MS, BDS
Assistant Professor, Restorative Dentistry 

Outstanding Clinical Instructor 
Daniel Melamed, DDS
Assistant Professor, Restorative Dentistry 
Faculty Senate Vice President 

Outstanding Pre-Clinical Instructor
Krithika Baskaran, BDS, DDS 
Associate Professor, Restorative Dentistry 
Director, Advanced Standing international Student Program

Outstanding Part-Time Faculty 
Charles Schonberger, DDS ’82 
Clinical Assistant Professor, Restorative Dentistry 

Humanism in Dentistry Faculty Award 
Eric Mediavilla, DDS ’00 
Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Admissions 
Associate Professor, Restorative Dentistry