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Cotter wins competition

Cotter 1Jane Cotter, a recent graduate student who currently serves as assistant professor in the Caruth School of Dental Hygiene, won the 2009 graduate research competition hosted by the American Dental Hygienists’ Association.

Cotter received the award from the DENTSPLY/ADHA Graduate Student Clinicians Program in Washington, D.C. this summer. Her award included a $1,000 stipend and an invitation to present her research at the October 2009 American Dental Association annual meeting in Hawaii.

Cotter’s winning poster presentation summarized her thesis research, “Factors Affecting the Performance of Oral Cancer Screenings by Texas Dental Hygienists.” Her faculty mentor was Dr. Ann McCann, clinical associate professor in dental hygiene.

The DENTSPLY/ADHA Graduate Student Clinicians Program promotes dental hygiene research by supporting graduate dental hygiene students to present their research at the ADHA annual session. One student from each accredited graduate dental hygiene program is selected to attend. Cotter was selected by faculty members to represent HSC-Baylor College of Dentistry.

In addition to Cotter, other dental hygiene students presented research at the ADHA session (see department news).

Cotter received her associate degree in dental hygiene from the University of Texas Health Science Center and earned a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene from Texas Woman’s University. She completed her master’s degree at HSC-BCD in May and works part time in a private practice in addition to teaching at the college.