In conjunction with the Georgia Dental Hygienists’ Association (GDHA) and Michelle Boyce, assistant professor at Georgia Highlands College; Joanna Harris-Worelds, clinical assistant professor and SADHA advisor for the Clayton State University Department of Dental Hygiene, will hold the Third Student Dental Hygiene Research Day at Clayton State on Friday, Feb. 27.
Student Dental Hygiene Research Day will have students participating from four dental hygiene programs -- Atlanta Tech, West Georgia Tech, Georgia Highlands, and Clayton State; doing more than just asking attendees to, “say ahhhhh.” The students will be presenting posters and table clinics. Besides students, there will also be several dental vendors for attendees to ask questions of and to learn about new products. Attending the event, in addition to the students, will be faculty and licensed dental hygienists.
The event starts at 8:30 a.m., in room CE-101 of Clayton State’s Harry S. Downs Center. From 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., Poster Group 1 and Table Clinic Group 1 will “man” their areas for a Q&A. Then, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Poster Group 2 and Table Clinic Group 2 will present. At noon, lunch will be served and the winners of the best poster and best table clinic presentations will be announced and awarded.
Harris-Worelds points out that a goal of the GDHA is to have more student involvement with events to help learn about their professional organizations; a goal that is congruent with one of the foundations of Clayton State’s “Dreams Made Real” identity – engaged, experiential preparation. Harris-Worelds also notes that events like Student Dental Hygiene Research Day are helpful to Clayton State’s students for networking within the profession.
“We’ve structured the event similar to what students may encounter at larger dental and dental hygiene conferences in hopes sparking their interest in research,” she adds.