In a College with approximately five hundred students, and in an Association with over a hundred members, it is only natural for one to witness many skills and talents that should be nurtured and encouraged. As part of USDSA’s commitment to provide students at the College of Dental Medicine with that encouragement, the awards system was established. Ten awards will be given out at the appreciation ceremony of every year for the distinct student that has proved his/herself in one of the categories. These categories were carefully chosen, and represent the most important characteristics that USDSA aims to nurture.

The USDSA Leadership Award

Leadership: the position or function of a leader, a person who guides or directs a group.

For the member that has demonstrated superior leadership skills during their time with USDSA.

2015/2016 Award: NO AWARD FOR THE YEAR 2015/2016

The USDSA Innovation Award

Innovation: to introduce (something new) for or as if for the first time.

For the member that has introduced something unique and new to the Association, whether it is an implemented idea or procedure.

2015/2016 Award: Zahra Seraj, BDS4

The USDSA Creativity Award

Creativity: the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.

Awarded for showing true creativity and talent all over. This may range from arts and design to planning and creative thinking.

2015/2016 Award: Zuha Rizvi, BDS2

Rising Star Award

Awarded to the most and enthusiastic active new member, regardless of their committee.

2015/2016 Award: Aya Jamal Aldin, BDS1

Unsung Hero Award

Unsung Hero: a person who makes a substantive yet unrecognized contribution.

For the person who works hard behind the scenes, without public recognition.

2015/2016 Award: Mohammed Bashar Estaitia, BDS2

The Excellency Award

Excellence: the fact or state of excelling; to do extremely well.

Awarded to a member of the current Executive Board for their remarkable leadership skills, spirit and for outstanding performance.

2015/2016 Award: Khaldoon Mardini, BDS3 & Hiba Jamal Aldin, BDS3

Editorial Master Award

Master: a person eminently skilled in something, as an occupation, art, or science.

Awarded to the most active member of the Editorial Committee.

2015/2016 Award: Dana Al Najjar, BDS4

Community Service Master Award

Master: a person eminently skilled in something, as an occupation, art, or science.

Awarded to the most active member of the Community Service Committee.

2015/2016 Award: Roseanna Draghmeh, BDS3

Master of Social Skills Award

Master: a person eminently skilled in something, as an occupation, art, or science.

Awarded to the most active member of the Social Committee.

2015/2016 Award: Omar Al-Hashemi, Intern

Master of Science Award

Master: a person eminently skilled in something, as an occupation, art, or science.

Awarded to the most active member of the Scientific Committee.

2015/2016 Award: Nadine Al Wazzan, BDS2