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ADAF sponsors awards at Intel fair

July 14, 2014
 Image of Dr. Sotirios Tetradis joining ADAF-sponsored Special Award winners of the Intel ISEF 2014, Shraddha Rathod, Karishma Sunil Patel and Terry Gwen NiProven winners: Dr. Sotirios Tetradis joins ADAF-sponsored Special Award winners of the Intel ISEF 2014, including (from left) Shraddha Rathod, Karishma Sunil Patel and Terry Gwen Ni, and at the May 15 awards ceremony in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles—
The ADA Foundation sponsored the awards that three high school students received May 15 at the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. The Foundation lauded the students' projects for relevance to oral health research.

Dr. Sotirios Tetradis, chair of the Section of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, and Dr. Tara L. Aghaloo, assistant dean for clinical research, both at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Dentistry, served as competition judges for the ADAF's Special Award category.

Winners of the ADA Foundation's Special Awards are Terry Gwen Ni, Shraddha Rathod and Karishma Sunil Patel.

Student competitors qualify for 2014 Intel ISEF based on previously winning top prizes in local, regional, state or national science fairs. The annual competition, a partnership between Society for Science & the Public and the Intel Foundation, awards a variety of prizes, including scholarships, summer internships, equipment grants and trips, to student winners in the ninth through 12th grades.

Ms. Ni, 15, a student at Boston Latin School, in Boston, won first place and $2,000 for her research project, Development of In Vitro Multispecies Biofilms with Hydroxyapatite and Artificial Saliva.

Ms. Rathod, 18, a student at North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, Durham, North Carolina, won the second prize of $1,000 for her project, The Antimicrobial Efficacy of Nitric Oxide based on Release Rate from Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles on A. actinomycetemcomitans and S. mutans.

Ms. Patel, 14, a student at Grants High School, Grants, New Mexico, won the third award and $500 for her project, Killed by Sweetness.

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