OSU Junior Named Truman Scholar

April 15, 2015
President Drake Presenting Truman Award
Ohio State junior David Danesh has been awarded a Harry S. Truman Scholarship.  In 2015, the Truman Foundation awarded 58 scholarships to students who have shown a demonstrated commitment to a career in public policy or public service.  The recipients represent 50 US colleges and universities and were selected from a pool of 688 nominated applicants.  Each college or university may nominate up to four students.  They were elected by sixteen independent selection panels on the basis of leadership potential, intellectual ability, and likelihood of “making a difference.”

David is a graduate of Dublin Jerome High School, currently pursuing a degree in microbiology with a minor in global public health.  A Morrill Excellence Scholar and member of the Honors Collegium, he is conducting research in the College of Public Health under Dr. Amy Ferketich, studying the effectiveness of tobacco cessation education in U.S. dental schools. David also spent a year studying the characterization of the oral microbiome in the oral biology lab of Dr. Ann Griffen and Dr. Eugene Leys.  He is a co-founder and president of Promoting the Advancement of Childhood Education, a student organization mentoring local middle and high school students. In addition, he serves as the chair of the American Student Dental Association’s National Predental Advisory Committee, volunteers at Columbus’s KidsSMILES dental clinic, and interned as the Center for Population Health and Health Disparities.  David plans to obtain a DDS and a Master of Public Health before pursuing a career in dental public health, advocating for increased access to quality dental care to all Ohio citizens, especially those currently underserved in urban and Appalachian regions.  

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Written by: Angela Taylor (taylor.1365@osu.edu)