Dental Hygiene Students Place Second at National Conference

OGDEN, Utah – A research presentation by three Weber State University dental hygiene students recently took second place at the American Dental Hygienists' Association national conference.

The poster presentation, "Ultrasonics: Theory vs. Practice," presented by Stephanie Stadtfield, of Clearfield, Pamela Page, of North Ogden, and Laura Green, of Sandy, received a $500 prize for taking second at the conference held in Dallas. The presentation also resulted in a $500 matching grant awarded to WSU's chapter of Student American Dental Hygienists' Association.

All three presenters graduated with bachelor's degrees in dental hygiene this spring.

Seven WSU dental hygiene students traveled to Dallas to present four research projects at the national meeting held June 23-29.

Other research presentations by WSU students included:

 "Oral Piercing" by Kristy Bingham, of Orem

 "Access to Dental Care on the Navajo Nation" by Kevin Valentine, of Mexican Hat, Utah

 "Your Toothbrush—A Petri Dish on a Stick" by Jessica Kearns and Danaka Stanger, both of Ogden.

WSU's Dr. Ezekiel R. Dumke College of Health Professions offers associate's and bachelor's degrees in dental hygiene. In addition to classroom studies, the highly competitive program teaches students by having them provide dental hygiene treatment for people from the community at the WSU Dental Hygiene Clinic located on campus. Students also rotate to an off-campus location for extended clinical experience.

Stephanie Bossenberger James, chair, Dental Hygiene
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John Kowalewski, director of Media Relations
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