Major Research Award for DS3

Jonathan Yih

After graduating from Oregon State University in 2011 with a bachelor of science in bioengineering, Jonathan Yih wasn’t sure he would ever do research again.

“It just didn’t seem for me,” said the third-year dental student, a Salem, Ore., native.

Good thing Jon changed his mind.

On Oct. 11, Jon was one of two students—out of a national pool of 58—who won the 55th American Dental Association (ADA)/DENTSPLY Student Clinician Research program. Jon placed first in the Clinical Science/Public Health category (Basic Life Science was the other category) for his research project, “Thiourerhane Oligomers Improve the Properties of Light-cured Resin Cements.”

Carmem Pfeifer, D.D.S., Ph.D., assistant professor of restorative dentistry, is Jon’s mentor.

“I got interested in Dr. Pfeifer’s research when she explained a little about what she did on the first day of her dental materials class,” said Jon. “I connected with her research in biomaterials/polymers because of my bioengineering undergraduate background.” Jon talked with several other students in OHSU School of Dentistry growing Dental Student Research Group, formed a research team, and “have had fun doing research since.”

In April, Jon presented his research at the Oregon Dental Association (ODA)/DENTSPLY-sponsored Student Table Clinic during Oregon Dental Conference weekend, and learned in May on the school’s annual Research Day that he’d won first place: $500 from the ODA and an all-expenses paid trip to the American Dental Association’s annual conference in San Antonio.

Jon said he picked OHSU because he “loves Oregon” and for OHSU’s “super solid reputation.”