Author: Shahad Abudawood | Category: Final Words... | April 14, 2016
Your name, program, dissertation title.
My name is Shahad Abudawood. I’m enrolled in the Masters of Science in Dental Science program through Pediatric Dentistry track. My research title is “A Comparative Study of Fluoride Release and
Re-release from Various Aesthetic Restorative Materials: An in Vitro Study.”
Please tell me about yourself, why did you pick UT Health
Science Center, and your program.
I earned my Bachelor
Degree of Dental Surgery from King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
with second honors. Based on my outstanding academic performance I received a
four-year scholarship from Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission to attended the
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
In 2012, I received a
certificate in Advanced Education in General Dentistry. I subsequently
completed a two-year postgraduate training in Pediatric Dentistry at the same
university and received a certificate. Later, I was accepted for candidacy for
the Masters of Science in Dental Science degree within the Graduate School of
Biomedical Sciences in 2016. I chose to study at UTHSCSA because it is such a
leading center in science.
The dental facility and equipment are modern and up to
date. What really makes UTHSCSA a special place are the great faculty members
and the friendly atmosphere. Nevertheless, the school reputation and contribution
to science are well recognized locally and world wide. We work to make lives
better, I mean smiles better.
Please provide a few sentences summarizing your dissertation.
What was the experience like for you?
investigating a new “Smart” dental material that is not launched into the
market place yet. This material releases fluoride and prevents caries. I’m
comparing its performance to what’s available in the market. My experience was enriching.
I learned a lot and gained many skills.
Why are you passionate about your research topic? How did you
first become interested in it?
interested in fluoride releasing dental materials because caries prevalence is
still high despite the tremendous efforts by dental professionals to prevent
it. So many kids and adults suffer from unnecessary dental pain and infections.
The fluoride releasing dental material helps reduce caries on adjacent teeth
and increase longevity of the existing restoration by inhibiting caries at the
What was your best memory during graduate school or what did
have many memorable memories during my graduate school. Sharing holidays with such great people is the
best memory I have. As well as shooting our graduation film with
fellow pediatric dental residents was so much fun. Through my journey, I learned that working as a team is a paramount.
graduation, I’m planning on going back to my homeland, Saudi Arabia. I will transfer
the knowledge and skills I gained here to help improve the public dental health.
Using my clinical skills, I will help patients get the best care they deserve. Also,
I’m planning on teaching and passing on the knowledge and skills I learned to
the next generation of dentists and scientists.
Any advice for your fellow graduate students?
worrying about the unknown. Take advantage of having faculty and mentors around
you by asking questions. Because you will be the “Go-to person” you
will be an expert in your field. Do your best and one day your hard work will
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