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Tufts Dental Fund supports students all day long

Those who know our school well realize there are few spare moments in the daily life of a Tufts Dental student. Tightly scheduled lectures, lab work, clinic appointments, and study sessions fill our waking hours, which often begin with a rushed breakfast on the way to class and end with a mad dash to the subway for the last train home. Like many before us, we are here to learn as much as we can and to take full advantage of the unique resources this amazing institution has to offer.

The Tufts Dental Fund makes many of those resources possible. These gifts directly affect our education-and our professional ambitions-in expected and surprising ways. Annual-fund dollars support broad initiatives such as financial aid, faculty development, facilities, curricular innovation, community outreach, research, and student life. Elements of those initiatives are as diverse as the imaginations and talents of our classmates and faculty.

  • Funds for technology have enabled 24/7 access to information that enhances learning across the curriculum.
  • Faculty support means that our professors are highly qualified, committed, and available-as a lifeline when we are performing our first clinical procedures or as a sounding board for postdocs looking for career advice.
  • Money for student research recently enabled two Tufts students to earn the opportunity to spend eight weeks as Summer Research Scholars at the National Institutes of Health. Their studies focused on proteoglycans involved in dentin mineralization and Sjögren's Syndrome.
  • Outreach programs help us learn the value of our skills and the satisfaction of giving back. Philanthropic support helps fund screenings at local health fairs, externships at facilities across the country, mission trips, and initiatives in public schools.

Funds for student activities help establish lifelong connections that strengthen our community and our profession. From informal social gatherings with professors and administrators to Friday night dodge ball at the Chinatown YMCA, our education is about more than getting the best grades and recommendations. These are just a few examples of the impact the Tufts Dental Fund has on the quality of our education and on the kind of professionals we will become. On behalf of our classmates, we offer sincere thanks for your past support and hope you will give generously again this year. Your gifts make a difference every day.

Best Wishes,

Samantha Jordan, A06, D10
Hubert Park, D11
David Lazzara, D12
For more information on the Tufts Dental Fund, please contact:
The Tufts Dental Fund
136 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02111
Phone: 617-636-3609