Trailblazers: An evening of awards and celebration

On October 18, 2022, the UBC Faculty of Dentistry Trailblazers: An evening of awards and celebration took place at the AMS Student Nest with nearly 200 attendees. Formerly known as Dean’s Night, the event celebrated faculty accomplishments in education, research and community engagement. Several faculty also received student-nominated teaching awards, highlighting their commitment and passion for training the next generation of dental professionals. Awards were handed out to 77 students, recognizing their exceptional academic achievements, leadership and community involvement.

We are incredibly grateful to our award supporters who continue to provide funding and allow us to celebrate the many successes of our students and faculty.

Dr. Mary MacDougall, Dean and Professor, handing out an award to a student

Dr. Mary MacDougall, Dean and Professor, handing out an award to a student

Guests enjoying some refreshments at the event

Award recipients and guests enjoying some refreshments at the event

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Award Recipients

Dental Hygiene Degree Program Award Winners

  • Annie Cai | Impact of Ten Dental Hygiene Award
  • Kacie Haberin | Dental Hygiene Faculty Award
  • Kaylin Ho | Tamara Edinger Memorial Award in Dental Hygiene
  • Lauren Kopec | Professor Bonnie J. Craig Award in Dental Hygiene
  • Christina Oprea | Sunstar G-U-M Leadership Award in Dental Hygiene
  • Tayler Treit | Impact of Ten Dental Hygiene Award
  • Caitlin Tully | The Dean of Dentistry Dental Hygiene Scholarship
  • Ashley Tung | CDHBC Award for Professionalism and Ethics
  • Veronica Wang | CDHBC Award for Professionalism and Ethics

DMD Award Winners

  • Sana Aghakeshmiri | Preventive Dentistry Prize
  • Hannah Agnew | Dr. Ralph Yorsh Scholarship in Dentistry
  • Grace Barlow | Vancouver and District Dental Society President’s Award
  • Ryan Bonnie | BC Dentists’ Wives’ Association Scholarship in Dentistry
  • Julia Burgess | Heaps & Doyle Research Award in Dentistry
  • Betty Chang | Vancouver Iranian Dental Association Award in Dentistry
  • Laurie Chang | BC Society of Orthodontists Charles C. Craig Memorial Scholarship
  • Camron Chehroudi | Chrysalis Dental Centre – Vancouver Award | Dentsply Sirona Award in Endodontics
  • Kaileigh Chow | Mike Wells Award In Dentistry
  • Dallas Cote | Dean of Dentistry Scholarship
  • Maxwell Elliott | Robert W. Scott Memorial Award
  • Raajan Garcha | International College of Dentists Award
  • Keihan Gavcahi Kashani | Dr. Ralph Yorsh Scholarship in Dentistry
  • Andrew Gee | Graduating Class of Dentistry 1978 Scholarship
  • Sophie Guo | Dr. Michele Williams Memorial Award in Dentistry
  • Shayan Haerizadeh-Nabavi | M.C. Bagnall Scholarship
  • Devon Hayek | Susan Foy Memorial Service Award
  • Cameron Houchmand | Dr. Alan A. Lowe Entrance Award in Dentistry
  • Jasper Huang | A-dec Community Service Award | Graduating Class of 1986 Award in Dentistry
  • Ming Jin | Dr. Marcia A. Boyd Award in Dentistry
  • Pavneet Kalsi | Carlos Carrillo Community Service Award
  • Jessica Khangura | M.C. Bagnall Scholarship
  • Negin Khosravi | British Columbia Dental Association (BCDA) Award in Dentistry | College of Dental Surgeons of B.C. Scholarship in Dentistry
  • Kassandra Lambert | Dean of Dentistry Scholarship
  • Emme Lee | Bisco Dental Products (Canada) Inc. Scholarship
  • Jed Leech | Dr. Wilfred Arthur Jefferies Memorial Scholarship
  • Melissa Liu | Dr. Lorin O. Lind Memorial Prize | Dr. Perry H. Trester Leadership Award in Dentistry | Synergy Business Lawyers LLP Student Leadership Award
  • Hanna Macartney | Western Canada Dental Society Scholarship
  • Niknaz Malekafzali | British Columbia Dental Association (BCDA) Award in Dentistry
  • Harman Malhans | Henry Schein Outstanding Leadership Award in Dentistry
  • Valerie Mensah-Wilson | Pacific Blue Cross Entrance Scholarship
  • Joel Molcak | Western Canada Dental Society Leadership Scholarship
  • Diane Nguyen | RBC Leadership Award in Dentistry | TD Service Award in Dentistry
  • Jordan Ozcan | Louis Nief Septodont of Canada Inc. Prize in Dentistry
  • Krisha Patel | Western Canada Dental Society Dr. Cal Waddell Scholarship
  • Courtenay Pearce | College of Dental Surgeons of B.C. Scholarship in Dentistry | Dr. Clay Hallman Memorial Scholarship for Proficiency in Removable Prosthetics
  • Jaedyn Penkala | Dr. Ralph Yorsh Scholarship in Dentistry
  • Jordan Petryk | Claude Gardner Memorial Scholarship
  • Simran Sidhu | American College of Dentists Outstanding Student Leader Award | Western Canada Dental Society Award in Dentistry
  • Nicholas Vankka | Bisco Dental Products (Canada) Inc. Scholarship
  • Peter Won | Dr. Nancy Vertel Award in Outstanding Patient Care
  • Evan Wynne | Scotiabank Award in Dentistry
  • Lena Xiong | Dr. Ralph Yorsh Scholarship in Dentistry
  • Roy Zhao | Bisco Dental Products (Canada) Inc. Scholarship
  • Rose Zhou | College of Dental Surgeons of B.C. Scholarship in Dentistry

Grad Award Winners

  • Dr. Faisal Al Assadi | Implant Genius Scholarship in Prosthodontics
  • Dr. Sharmila Arjunan | Faculty of Dentistry Graduate Orthodontics Alumni Scholarship | William W. Wood Memorial Scholarship
  • Dr. Mengxuan Chen | Joseph Tonzetich Scholarship
  • Dr. Muhammadqays Dewji | Dr. Gary Derkson Memorial Award in Dentistry
  • Dr. Marijana Eic | Implant Genius Scholarship in Prosthodontics
  • Dr. Amr Farrag | Association of Prosthodontists of Canada Award for Academic Achievement
  • Natyra Haxhiavdija | George S Beagrie Scholarship
  • Dr. Kiavash Hossini | Dr. Christopher Wyatt Graduate Award in Dentistry
  • Dr. Isra Ibrahim | Joseph Tonzetich Fellowship
  • Dr. Da In Kim | Dr. S. Wah Leung Scholarship
  • Iris Lin | Joseph Tonzetich Fellowship
  • Dr. Scott Panther | Mrs. Frances E.R. Maplethorp Award
  • Dr. Neeraja Ramadurai | Dr. Gary Derkson Memorial Award in Dentistry
  • Dr. Amanda Sigouin | Rashida Ali Award in Dentistry
  • Dr. Farhad Tabatabaian | Dr. Christopher Wyatt Graduate Award in Dentistry
  • Dr. Aneesha Tanega | Nobel Biocare Achievement in Osseointegration