Academy’s Outstanding Dental Student Award honours more than 50 from Class of 2020


First introduced in 2005, Academy of Osseointegration’s (AO) Outstanding Dental Student in implant dentistry award has honoured more than 800 students across the country, including 53 that were awarded this year despite challenges posed by COVID-19.

Nominated by their respective schools, the award provides students recognition among their peers and gives them a head start on joining the professional field of implant dentistry. Each student receives a free year of academy membership, a complimentary subscription to the International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants (JOMI), $500, and a certificate. Additionally, these selected students will receive a complimentary registration to the Academy’s 36th Annual Meeting set for 11 – 13 March 2021, in Orlando, Florida.

Awardees of the Academy’s Outstanding Dental Student recipients from the class of 2020 include:

Anthony Edgar Acuna Marquette University School of Dentistry
Jared M. Akers University of Mississippi School of Dentistry
Mostafa Alwakeel Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry
Monica S. Bahoshy New York University College of Dentistry
Michael Baily Oregon Health and Sciences University School of Dentistry
Sogol H. Biroon Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine
Carmen Boren University of Minnesota School of Dentistry
Matt Bryant University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry
Alan Bui University of Maryland School of Dentistry
Andre Klay Cataluna University of California Los Angeles School of Dentistry
Margaret Conde West Virginia University School of Dentistry
Brent Cornette University of Kentucky College of Dentistry
Clark Cranfill University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine
Lina Elnakka Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry
H. Taylor Farr Augusta University College of Dental Medicine
Lauren Elizabeth Fitzgerald University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
Darby Gentry University of Tennessee, Health Sci Ctr. College of Dentistry
Jeremiah J. Gilge University of Washington School of Dentistry
Trent Gillard Loma Linda University School of Dentistry
Benjamin D. Golub Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
Bree K. Highstrom University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry
Garrett W. Howze UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry
Abigail T. Johnson University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics
Emily L. Hardin Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine
Dallin Harris Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine
Maciej Kosakowski University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine
Leah Kay Life University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
Nicholas D. Lupo Creighton University School of Dentistry
Sucharitha Marneni Univ. of Texas at Houston School of Dentistry
David McNutt Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry
Hyrum Kenneth Mitchell A.T. Still University Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health
Timothy W. Neal University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry
Rosy Nguyen University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine
Michael D. O'Donnell Harvard University School of Dental Medicine
Rachel Parker A. T. Still University Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health
Lina Patino Columbia University College of Dental Medicine
Daniel A. Petersen University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry
Alina Maria Ploaie Boston University Henry Goldman School of Dental Medicine
Junaid Rajani Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine
Erick Quintana Raya University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry
Rola K. Rayes University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry
David B. Riggs Medical University of South Carolina James B. Edwards College of Dental Med.
Daniel John Ripperger Texas A&M College of Dentistry
Ashley Robbins University of Southern California Herman Ostrow School of Dentistr
Alexa C. Rosenau University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry
Ruslan Rusanov Rutgers University School of Dental Medicine
Edward A. Rynkowsky University of Louisville School of Dentistry
Joseph Samona University of Michigan School of Dentistry
Kevin Smyth University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine
Leah N. Stetzel Indiana University School of Dentistry
Summer B. Young University of Florida College of Dentistry
Inessa Yusupova University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine