News for members of the American Student Dental Association
November 2013
6 simple ways... to work with different personalities     
  1. Use the compliment sandwich. Start on a positive note, slip in some constructive feedback, then end on a positive note. Watch Dr. Chris Salierno, past ASDA president, explain how.

  2. Choose your battles. Sometimes, it's better for the team to let it go. Know when you should be flexible or stay firm.

  3. Respect other's way of doing things. If you're working towards the same goal, it's okay that your teammate/partner/classmate took a different path to achieve similar results. Use this as an opportunity to learn a new way of doing something!

  4. Keep your cool. Don't let differences make you lose your temper. Staying calm will lead to collaboration and help you maintain (or regain) control of the situation.   

  5. Build a relationship. Connect on a personal level to foster a stronger connection. Ask about his or her hobbies, family, passions, etc. Knowing what makes them happy (or unhappy) can help you work better together.

  6. Identify motivators. Some people measure success by their accomplishments, others simply like public recognition for a job well done. If you're leading a project, find out what makes each person feel satisfied and fulfilled.

Member and faculty spotlight 
Meet this month's student and faculty member to learn their unique hobbies, reasons for pursuing dentistry and more. For their full profiles, click here.

Tiffany Hsu
San Francisco '15, associate, Council on Communications

Most embarrassing song on your iPod: I have these random corporate/motivational songs I have used in my movie productions that I keep on my iPod. Wait, is that embarrassing?

John J Sanders, DDS 

Dean, James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine MUSC


How does ASDA benefit your students? ASDA is doing a remarkable job in training the future leaders in dentistry. I am particularly impressed with their advocacy efforts especially in the area of live patient exams.

ASDA Annual Session coming to Disneyland Hotel
The "Best Week Ever" is coming to the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, Calif., Feb. 26-March 1, 2014. All predoctoral and predental members are invited to attend. What can you do at Annual Session? 
  • Network with 400+ dental students from across the country, plus representatives from organized dentistry
  • Attend breakout sessions on topics like workforce models and student debt
  • Discuss and vote on association policy in the business meetings of ASDA's House of Delegates   
  • Elect the executive committee, speaker of the House and District trustees
  • Discuss research at the Student Research Poster Session  
  • Celebrate the successes of ASDA members and leaders at the President's Gala and Gold Crown Awards  
Go to for registration info, daily schedule and more details. Sign up by Dec. 20 to save $25.
National leaders wanted (we're talking to YOU)
Applications are now available for 2014-15 national leadership roles. See which of the 40 opportunities may be right for you. Previous experience as a chapter or national leader is not required to apply. Visit for position descriptions and to apply by Jan. 6, 2014 (District trustee apps are due Feb. 12). Watch this video to hear how volunteering with ASDA can impact your career:
Begin your ASDA Journey, Become a National Leader

Poster Session submissions due Dec. 20

If you are currently doing research or have done research in the past, you're invited to submit an abstract for the 2014 Student Research Poster Session taking place at Annual Session on Feb. 28, 2014, at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, Calif. All materials are due by Dec. 20. Visit for guidelines and submission instructions. The top three winning abstracts will be published on ASDA's website and the presenters will receive a plaque. One poster will receive the "Student Choice Award" based on votes by Annual Session attendees.

Congratulations to Stephanie Zastrow, Minnesota '15, Ryan Turner Memorial Scholarship Winner 
Stephanie Zastrow, Minnesota '15 with last year's winner Daryn Lu, Okalhoma '15.
Stephanie Zastrow, Minnesota '15 with last year's Ryan Turner recipient Daryn Lu, Okalhoma '15, District 9 trustee. © Caught in the Moment


Each year, ASDA awards a scholarship to a predoctoral student who exemplifies leadership qualities. The scholarship honors Ryan Turner, who served ASDA as a district trustee in 2006 and passed away in 2007. Ryan was an excellent leader and was dedicated to organized dentistry. This year's winner is Stephanie Zastrow, Minnesota '15. Her dean describes her in this way: she "holds herself to the highest levels of integrity and professionalism in all that she does. She is the student others go to when something needs to be done and done well. She is honest, and exemplifies the leadership characteristics of someone who will make substantial contributions to the future of organized dentistry." As a member of her chapter's executive committee, she helped lead them to win the Ideal ASDA Chapter in 2013. Stephanie has presented her research at numerous dental conferences including ASDA's Annual Session where she won second place in 2012. Read more about Stephanie. For details about the scholarship, click here. 


2013 ADA student ethics video winners 
The Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs of the ADA awarded the grand prize for their Student Ethics Video Contest to members of the Houston chapter. Forrest Arguelles, Gregory Luk, Francisco Nieves, Alana Reifer and Chris Thorburn will split the $2,000 cash prize and their video was exhibited at the 2013 ADA Annual Session in New Orleans, LA. Watch their video here.
2014 NIDCR Summer Dental Student Award applications due Jan. 16
The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research is offering a training opportunity in its intramural research labs for dental students to expose future dentists to careers in research. Awardees work with mentors in their areas of interest.  
ADA Foundation scholarship applications due Dec. 9 
The ADA Foundation is accepting applications for the 2013 Predoctoral Dental Student Scholarship Program. This year, the ADA Foundation will provide a total of approximately 54 scholarships with up to $135,000 total funding. The ADAF accepts one application per school per program, submitted by the school on behalf of the student. See the scholarship guidelines for complete rules and eligibility requirements. Students should contact their scholarship office, or the equivalent in their school, if interested in applying. Contact the ADA Foundation at 312.440.2547, or, if you have questions. 
ASDA benefit of the month: BankAmericard  

Apply for the new American Student Dental Association BankAmericard Cash Rewards Visa Signature® credit card that rewards customers with up to 3% cash back on certain purchases, all while supporting ASDA initiatives. In addition to earning cash back rewards for yourself, use of this card benefits ASDA at no extra cost to you!


Here are some of the features of the new ASDA BankAmericard Cash Rewards Visa Signature® credit card

  • 1% cash back on all purchases.
  • 2% cash back on grocery store purchases.
  • 3% on gas station purchases.
  • You can earn the 2% and 3% cash back on gas and grocery purchases up to the first $1,500 in these combined categories per quarter. After that, you will continue to earn 1 percent on these purchases.

Upcoming Events
Feb. 26 - March 1, 2013
Annual Session
Disneyland Hotel
Anaheim, CA
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Erin Kato, member relations specialist | 312-440-2640
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