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DDS Class of 2020 Award Recipients

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Written by SDM Comms on May 20, 2020

The Commencement Ceremony, and the festivities surrounding it, annually provide us with the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates in pursuit of their degrees. Although we have had to cancel our in-person ceremonies this year, I invite you to join me in congratulating the Dental Class of 2020 for a job well done.
I am so proud of each member of the Class as they have navigated unprecedented times, supported by their families and friends, and with our faculty and staff at their sides. All the persevered to reach the goals they set years ago. They have truly reached a milestone in their professional careers and personal lives.
Our tradition is to present some of the members of the dental class with individual awards established by speciality groups and community partners. Please see the list of those awards and their recipients below. Additionally, a select group of individuals is inducted into the honor society for dentistry, Omicron Kappa Upsilon each year. These graduates are new members of the Colorado Pi Rho OKU Chapter. Congratulations to the graduates receiving these awards and special recognitions.

Whether you leave CU SDM to enter dental practice, pursue an advanced dental education program, and service in the U.S. Military, you will forever be a CU Dental Alumni. Thank you for sharing your lives with us.

Best wishes to all,
Denise Kassebaum, DDS, M.S.

Class of 2020 Graduation Awards:

Academy of Dental Materials Award - Kristin Simboski
Academy of General Dentistry Award - Mark Sidransky
Academy of Operative Dentistry Award - Ayathi Olson 
Academy of Osseointegration Award for Implant Dentistry - Clark Cranfill
Advanced Clinical Training and Services Program Award - Mark Sidransky
American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry Award - Katie Boswell
American Academy of Implant Dentistry Award - Harry Chesser
American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Dental Student Award - Crispin Herrick
American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Award - Derrick Bisnett
American Academy of Oral Medicine Award - Dana Schwartz
American Academy of Orofacial Pain Outstanding Senior Award - Colleen Leong
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Award - Kate Sumerfield
American Academy of Periodontology Award - Colleen Leong
American Association of Endodontists Award - Jordan Henke
American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Dental Implant Award - Kristin Simboski
American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Dental Student Award - Kasey Jones
American Association of Orthodontists Senior Dental Student Award - Matthew Melcher
American Association of Public Health Dentistry Award - Ayathi Olson
American College of Dentists Award - Colleen Leong
American College of Prosthodontists Award - Austin Tyler
American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, Horace Wells Award - Kara Arceneaux
American Equilibration Society Award - Kyra Garrison
American Student Dental Association Award - Sam Lynass
Brasseler USA Scholars Award - Kyra Arceneaux and Kate Sumerfield
Brian D. Stone Memorial Award - Ayathi Olson
Colorado Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Award - Kate Sumerfield
Colorado Coalition for the Homeless Award - Colleen Leong and Matthew Michelotti
Colorado Prosthodontics Society Award - Jordan Henke
Dental Foundation of Colorado, Dr. Kenneth Grove Memorial Award - Kasey Jones
Dr. Barry Beauvais Special Care Dentistry Award - Nate Rivera
Dr. Miles Markley Delta Sigma Delta Award - Karl Hellwig and Abby Szlachta
Dr. Solomon​ Averbach Humanitarian Award - Dilan Starkel
Dr. Thomas J. Bomberg Memorial Award - Noreen Mian
​Global Health Service Award - Kristen Robbins
​Hanau Award for Excellence in Prosthodontics - Nate Rivera
International College of Dentists, Student Humanitarian Award - Lynn Doan
International College of Dentists, Student Leadership Award - Austin Tyler
International Congress of Oral Implantologists', Sullivan Schein Dental Predoctoral Achievement Award - Clark Cranfill
Omicron Kappa Upsilon Membership - Kara Arceneaux, Evan Entze, Kyra Garrison, Jordan Henke, Crispin Herrick,
Sam Lynass, Matthew Melcher, Matthew Michelotti and Jennifer Terrio
​Pierre Fauchard Academy Award - Jennifer Terrio
Quintessence Award for Clinical Achievement in Restorative Dentistry - Steven Tobler
​Quintessence Award for Clinical Achievement in Periodontics - Kasey Jones
Quintessence Award for Research Achievement - Minh Trinh
​Student Life Award for Excellence - Kasey Jones
Western Society of Periodontology Award - Ayathi Olson


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