During the months of November and December, some Dental Hygiene students at Eugenio María de Hostos Community College left the campus to participate in local events of national and international importance to the field of dentistry.

These students had been given the opportunity to present scientific poster projects at the annual conference of the Dental Hygienists’ Association of the State of New York and the 2013 Greater New York Dental Meeting, the largest healthcare and dental event in the United States.

At the conference and the meeting, Hostos students presented the following reports:

•    “The Rainbow of Influences Affecting Your Child's Teeth,” by Khaleelah Bond, Sijan Gauchan and Damaris Rodríguez, with Professor Petal Leuwaisee (Faculty Mentor)
•    “Specifically Targeted Antimicrobial Paptides and the Oral Cavity,” by Jorge Rojas, Wendoyln Ventura and Carolina Estrada, with Professor Joyce Dais (Faculty Mentor)
•    “How Much is Too Much?” by Rosetta Violetti, Jessica Ziliani and José Contreras, with Professor Sandra Castellanos (Faculty Mentor)
•    “Guess the Stain?” by Syed Hossain and Elena Romero, with Professor Petal Leuwaisee (Faculty Mentor)

The Hostos Dental Hygiene student delegation also volunteered to participate in the annual Greater New York Smiles Program, in which they provided free dental screenings and health tutorials on proper oral hygiene, brushing and flossing to over 500 New York City Public School students. The Greater New York Smiles Program took place on Tuesday December 3, 2013 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College is an educational agent for change that has been transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities since 1968. It serves as a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, as well as a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs. The College’s unique "Student Success Coaching Unit" provides students with individualized guidance and exemplifies its emphasis on student support services.

Hostos offers 29 associate degree programs and five certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions. The College has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development that offers professional development courses and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. Hostos is part of The City University of New York (CUNY), the nation’s leading urban public university, which serves more than 480,000 students at 24 colleges.