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Issue No. 1, March 1997

Research News

Top Student Research Projects
Final Year Students Clinch top prizes at research competition

Two groups of final year dental students performed extremely well at the Research Paper competition at the 23rd APDSA Congress. The first prize went to the group comprising Mr Tan Wee Yang, Mr Yap Kin Wai, Miss Tan Wee Cheng and Miss Lim Gwek Toh who investigated the properties of three different materials used for crown and bridge provisionals. The second group, comprising Mr Ho Kok Sen, Miss Susan Ang, Mr Wong Keng Mun and Mr Chong Kai Chuan, received the runner-up prize for their research in comparing the marginal sealing abilities of four new generation bonding systems when subjected to thermal stress.

The students of the Faculty of Dentistry have always performed well in past research competitions at the APDSA Congress, and much has to do with the excellent supervision provided by dedicated staff. It augurs well for the research culture in the faculty, to have capable students and dedicated staff to share their knowledge and publicise their research findings.

Project Work Presentation

All geared up and smiles for the presentation

One of the objectives of the undergraduate dental education is to promote an awareness of dental research either through a review paper or an investigative project. Students start the research process in their third year and continue on with the work through the final year. At the end of their project, a written report in the form of a literature review or a draft for a publication is to be handed up for assessment. For the first time this year, the final year students had the opportunity to present their research findings to the entire faculty and fellow students.

The student project presentation was held in the state-of-the art auditorium of the new Kent Ridge Wing on the 18 January 1997. Seven projects were presented, 5 of which were investigative and the remaining two were comprehensive reviews of the subject. A lively discussion followed from the many comments and questions fielded. Overall, it was an interesting and beneficial afternoon for both students and staff, for exposure to a research presentation will go a long way to help students achieve a well-rounded education.

Students having a discussion with their supervisor Assoc Prof Yeo Jinn Fei before their presentation

Research Conference gives Faculty a Boost
The 73rd IADR meeting in Singapore was recognised for its contribution to Tourism

Associate Professor Teo Choo Soo (left, standing) celebrates with committee members at the STPB Tourism Awards dinner at Westin

At a gala evening dinner in October 1996, the Singapore Tourist and Promotion Board, presented awards to Stars of the Tourism Industry for the year ending 1995. In the category of Convention, Associate Professor Teo Choo Soo, the Chairman of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the 73rd International Association for Dental Research meeting received a crystal trophy for the Largest Convention organised in Singapore for 1995. The presentation was reported in the Straits Times October 12th, 1996.

To organise such a prestigious and highly successful international conference is no mean feat. The LOC comprise many members of the academic staff of the faculty. They firmly believe that organizing the International Association for Dental Research meeting will do much to stir up interest and improve the quality of dental research in Singapore. Under the sterling leadership of Associate Professor Teo, preparations for the committee members began many years before, and right up the end of the conference, there were many late nights. When the final curtain call ended, it had reaffirmed Singapore's position as a top convention centre, and the Faculty of Dentistry's role in its contribution to dental research and education. Well done, Assoc Prof Teo and committee members.

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