Dean Keith Mays poses for a selfie with graduating students

School of Dentistry celebrates 198 graduates

With friends and family in attendance, the school honored 123 Doctor of Dental Surgery graduates, 26 Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene graduates, 8 Master of Dental Therapy graduates, 36 candidates for advanced education in dentistry, four candidates for the Master of Science in Dental Hygiene and one graduate student in oral biology.


A dentist listens to a dental student in clinic

Women's Dental Association hosts alumnae to share insights and inspiration

A joint event between the Women’s Dental Association and School of Dentistry Alumni Relations connected alumni and soon-to-be-graduates to discuss work, life and being a woman in dentistry. On Tuesday, April 5, alumni Lisa Young, DDS ’98, and Sarah Heuer, DDS ’94, shared their career journeys and their perspectives on issues facing current graduates.

Research student peers into a microscope in a research lab

Discovery that impacts lives | 18th Annual Research Day

The 18th annual Research Day at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, held Friday, March 4, brought together experts across disciplines from the University of Minnesota and beyond to discuss cutting-edge discoveries in oral biology, cancer treatment and prevention and more. 

Child smiles in dental chair

Annual Give Kids a Smile event brings 96 children to campus

On Saturday, February 26, 96 children came to the School of Dentistry to receive free dental care from DDS, dental hygiene and dental therapy students and their faculty. Services included comprehensive examinations, cleanings, sealants and fillings. The event is part of the American Dental Association’s national Give Kids a Smile program aimed at providing oral health services to children who might not otherwise be able to receive them. Give Kids a Smile was established as a national program in 2003, and nearly 1,500 partners host events each February in honor of Children’s Dental Health Month. 

Digital Grand Rounds explores virtual reality in education

Engaging students, Mahrous explained, happens when we embrace technological advancements and provide visually engaging material. “That’s how I try to teach,” he explained. And that’s what he explained in the first Digital Grand Rounds event of this year’s series, held virtually on January 26.