2011-PreDentalProgram031611 Posted: 3/16/2011

Pre-Dental Program
Growing at TAMIU

The Pre-Dental Program at Texas A&M International University, a collaboration with the University of Texas Houston Dental Branch (UTHDB), has grown tremendously since its founding in 2004, said TAMIU assistant professor of biology, Dr. David Beck.

TAMIU 2011 DEAP Students

New TAMIU 2011 DEAP Students
New Texas A&M International University students selected for the Dental Early Admission Program (DEAP) are joined by (left) Dr. Phil Pierpont University of Texas Houston Dental Branch DEAP Coordinator. TAMIU students, front, left to right are Yvette Moreno, Martha Reyes and Arturo Molina. Back row, Dr. David L. Beck, TAMIU assistant professor and Dr. Dan Mott, chair and associate dean, TAMIU College of Arts and Sciences.

“This is a conditional acceptance program known as the Dental Early Admission Program, or DEAP,” Dr. Beck explained, “Students have to perform well on the DAT (Dental Admission Test) and maintain a strong GPA for consideration.”

The program offers highly qualified students with an interest in dentistry who demonstrate the ability to overcome adverse or disadvantaged circumstances to be considered for and receive conditional early acceptance at The UT Dental Branch. The UT Dental Branch already has similar agreements with Prairie View A&M, UT-El Paso, Texas A&M Kingsville, UT-Brownsville, and UT-Pan American.

2010 TAMIU DEAP Students

2010 TAMIU DEAP Students
TAMIU DEAP students selected last year for the program with University of Texas Houston Dental Branch are, front, left to right, Chris Gonzalez and Alejandro Barrera. Back row, left to right, Dr. Phil Pierpont, UTHDB DEAP Coordinator, Dr. David L. Beck, TAMIU assistant professor and Dr. Dan Mott, chair and associate dean, TAMIU College of Arts and Sciences.

Two current dental students, Valerie Martinez and Vickie Ramirez are nearing completion of their studies at UTHDB. TAMIU students Arturo Molina, Yvette Moreno and Martha Reyes were accepted in February.

Recently, Dr. Phil Pierpont, UTHDB DEAP coordinator, visited Laredo to interview possible DEAP students and introduce two Laredo TAMIU DEP students, Chris Gonzalez and Alejandro Barrera. Also present were the two student recipients of Laredo Dental Society Pre-Dental Scholarships for Spring 2011, Gonzalez and Nicole Webb.

Dr. Beck noted that the University is especially grateful to the members of the Laredo Dental Society who have provided scholarship support for deserving TAMIU students.

Laredo Dental Society Scholarship Recipients

Laredo Dental Society Scholarship Recipients
TAMIU students who were named recipients of the Laredo Dental Society Pre-Dental Scholarship for Spring 2011 are Chris Gonzalez and Nicole Webb. They are joined by Dr. Phil Pierpont, UTHDB DEAP Coordinator, Dr. David L. Beck, assistant professor and Dr. Dan Mott, chair and associate dean, TAMIU College of Arts and Sciences.

“We salute their partnership and their vision in helping these students to pursue their dreams of becoming dentists in the future,” Dr. Beck said, “The combination of these two offerings makes so much possible for our students.”

Founded in 1905, The University of Texas Health Science Center (UT Health) Dental Branch at Houston has graduated more than 6,000 dentists, 1,850 dental hygienists and nearly 1,500 post-graduate specialists. It offers 10 accredited programs: DDS, dental hygiene, two primary care general residency programs and six specialty programs in pediatric dentistry, endodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, prosthodontics, periodontics and orthodontics.

The School also offers a DDS/PhD in collaboration with the UT Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and a certificate in oral and maxillofacial surgery for MDs at the UT Health Medical School.

For additional information on the TAMIU DEAP, please contact Dr. Beck at 956.326.2587 or email dbeck@tamiu.edu

For information on UTHDB, visit http://www.db.uth.tmc.edu/about-school

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