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The Explorer Journal Named 2010‘s Best Student Newsletter by AADR

The Explorer Journal, the annual research magazine written, designed and published entirely by Ostrow School of Dentistry students, was awarded the 2010 American Association for Dental Research National Student Research Group award for best newsletter.

Members of USC’s student research group were presented with a commemorative certificate during the National Student Research Group business meeting on March 17, a part of the 2011 General Session for the International Association for Dental Research taking place in San Diego, CA.

The Explorer contains in-depth articles on major School research topics, interviews of faculty members, testimonials from students conducting research and lists of projects presented during the School’s annual Research Day event.

The Explorer has grown along with the growth of the School’s Student Research Group from the core effort of three students to a much more robust organization, said Editor in Chief Heather Stephens, DDS ’12.

“The year before we took over the Explorer was the first year it had been done,” Stephens said. “When the previous editors graduated, there was no one left to lead it, so we got the old design files and started fresh.”

Bridger Jensen, DDS ’12 and Explorer editor, described the Explorer as a magazine that not only talks about student research activities but about the School as a whole.

“The Explorer captures that the School is constantly growing and advancing,” Jensen said. “You can see the growth of the School and its faculty and students through the magazine.”

Fellow Explorer editor Weston Carpiaux, DDS ’12, hopes that all of the issues of the magazine will serve as “little time capsules” for future generations of Ostrow School of Dentistry students.

“It’s a reflection of us, and a reflection of USC,” he said.

Ostrow School of Dentistry Dean Avishai Sadan said engaging in research and science communication is an exceptional way to complement a well-rounded dental education.

“These are the students who don’t just conduct research and write about science while in school; they will always be on top of the latest knowledge and will bring that knowledge to their patients and communities,” he said. “I’m very proud that the Ostrow School of Dentistry is not only producing great dental professionals but also talented science communicators.”

Read the Explorer here.