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Final Year Dental Student Bags Second Prize at IADR Research Competition 2020

15 Dec 2020

The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) is a non-profit corporation organised under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, United States of America. The membership of the organisation is open to any individual who is interested in Dental Science and Dental Research whereas the Malaysian Section, International Association for Dental Research (IADR- MALSEC) is an organisation formed in Malaysia that promotes research in all aspects of oral and the related sciences. Its members consist of dental health professionals in Malaysia working in various academic institutions, as well as from other organisations.

Details of the event
Name: Sandra Churme Jia Hui (DT116)
Venue: Online Platform (Google Meets)
Date: 10 October 2020
Competition: Poster Competition – International Association for Dental Research (IADR MalSec)
Winner: Sandra Churme Jia Hui (First runner-up)
Title of Presentation: Assessment Of Dentinal Microcracks Formation Following Different Post Cementation Systems Using Micro-CT: An In-Vitro Study

“During my fourth and final year as a dental student at IMU, I completed my first scientific research alongside my colleagues – Chan Chun Fai and Low Yan Zhi. It was an overwhelming but fulfilling journey as completing a research project requires many steps and procedures which were totally new to us! With that, I would love to take this opportunity to thank my supervisors: Dr Rohit Pandurangappa and Dr Venkateshbabu Nagendrababu for taking us under their wing and for guiding us patiently to complete this research. As for my preparation for IADR-MalSec, a major part of my presentation went into making the perfect poster for my presentation. To do so, I surfed the internet and found a lot of inspirations to make my poster as engaging and interesting as I could. Opinions and feedback from my supervisors and friends were helpful to correct any errors that I’ve missed.”

What have I learnt from this competition?
I have learnt that to excel in a presentation, only 10% goes into delivering the presentation itself, 90% goes to preparing for the presentation. I believe that it is months of hard work that makes the five-minute presentation look effortless and elegant. So if I had to give one advice, I would say BE PREPARED, and don’t rely on luck and definitely don’t wing it. Lastly I would like to thank everyone who have helped me throughout my journey; without them, I couldn’t have gotten 2nd place for my competition!
My take is that research is hard! It is full of stops and starts; more failures and dead ends than successes, but I believe that hard work does indeed pay off!

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