Meet the Gold Crown Award nominees for best Contour articles and blog post

Each year, ASDA publishes nearly 300 articles in Contour magazine and the Mouthing Off blog combined — planned, written and edited by dental students. Each piece of student-written content can be considered for a Gold Crown Award in the media category, which honors excellence in chapter publications, social media and websites, and outstanding contributions to ASDA national publications.

These are the nominees for the 2018 awards, for contributions to ASDA’s national publications. All content was judged based on the following criteria: relevance, originality, research, presentation (Contour) and online impact (Mouthing Off).

Mouthing Off

Best blog post

Celebrating diversity: What Diwali means to me
Simi Mathur, Texas A&M ’20

An atheist walks into a Baptist church…
Casey Rhines, Detroit Mercy ’20

Celebrating diversity: On coming out
Zack Youngblood, Florida ’21

Five dental insurance terms you (and your patients) should know
Michelle Szewczyk, Detroit Mercy ’19

Mind full or mindful?
Gerard Scannell, Louisiana ’21


Best feature article

The dentist’s role in fighting the opioid epidemic
Shruti Gandhi, Michigan ’19

Wanderlust and work: Practicing dentistry in another country
Xandria L. Johnson, Tennessee ’19

Forensic dentistry
Renz Antonio, Pacific ’19

Nevertheless, she persisted: A brief history of women in dentistry
Rachel N. Jahraus, Tennessee ’20

Ally-Gator: Creating an environment of inclusion and equality
Daniel Popper, Florida ’19

Editor’s choice*

The state of dental care in federal prisons
Cecilia Akintonde, Meharry ’20

The art of teeth: A look at the use of teeth in art throughout history
Emily Williams, Georgia ’20

The celiac patient: Our role in referral, diagnosis and treatment
Anna Hill-Moses, Tennessee ’19

Oral health barriers among refugees
Sydney Shapiro, Columbia ’20

Using research to collaboratively address barriers to dental care
Precious Boston, East Carolina ’20

*This category includes magazine content outside of the feature well.


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