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MSDH Students Awarded Scholarships

Ann Arbor, MI — November 17, 2015 — Three students in the Master of Science Dental Hygiene program at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry have received scholarships that will help them offset the cost of their education.

Jerelyn Champine, RDH, BSDH, received the Christine Klausner Graduate Dental Hygiene Student Scholarship.  The award honors the memory of Klausner, a School of Dentistry faculty member for more than 13 years, who passed away in 2010 at age 60.  Klausner was primarily responsible for coordinating the entry-level dental hygiene preclinic curriculum and also taught in the School’s E-Learning (online) Degree Completion Program.

Champine earned her associate’s degree in 1999 from Delta College near Bay City, and a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene from Ferris State University in Big Rapids last year.  She will complete the master’s degree program next August and then plans to teach dental hygiene.

Michelle Arnett and Lorene Kline, both second-year students in the MSDH program, received Rackham Non-Traditional Fellowships which are awarded to students who return to school following an extended break in their college education.

Arnett received her Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene from the University of Detroit Mercy in 2004.  She currently works in private practice but wants to become a dental hygiene educator. 

Arnett began the MSDH program last year.  Her master’s thesis will focus on how faculty can help their students change health behaviors in patients using motivational interviewing, a goal-directed and patient-centered technique designed to raise patient awareness of undesirable behaviors and recommend actions to change them so patients ultimately improve their lives.

Kline received her certificate in dental hygiene from the University of Detroit Mercy in 1995 and a Bachelor of Science degree from UDM the following year and then worked in private practice.  In recent years, she has been involved in a mobile dentistry practice that provides care to children in schools in underserved areas.  When she completes the U-M MSDH program next year, she wants to join the faculty and focus on clinical teaching and public health related courses.

Her thesis research involves evaluating an innovative program offered through the Care Free Dental Clinic in Lansing.  The community clinic established the Pay It Forward program which provides opportunities for those without dental insurance to receive care by performing a predetermined number of hours of community service.  That work will build on her earlier experiences of traveling to elementary and middle schools in Michigan to provide dental hygiene clinical services and educate children about the importance of oral health care.