Meet Dr. Lauren Kuhn
Lauren Kuhn is a 26-year old native of Aberdeen, Washington. She holds a B.S. in Biology (summa cum laude) from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA and graduated in May 2017 as a Doctor of Dental Medicine from Harvard University. Lauren served as Miss Massachusetts 2014 and placed in the Top 5 of the 2015 Miss America Pageant and was also the recipient of a STEM scholarship. In June 2017, Lauren began a specialty program in Endodontics at the Medical University of South Carolina. In her spare time, she is a volunteer dentist for a non-profit clinic and is partnering with colleagues to create a book for future health professionals and mentors students around the world.
February 2018, Lauren at the Southeast Case Research Association (SECRA) conference.
In February 2018, Lauren presented two self-authored works of case research at the Southeast Case Research Association (SECRA) conference. Both of the cases were accepted for presentation and offer scenarios and learning opportunities that instructors and students can use in dental schools, as well as human resources and law courses. During the conference, both cases were reviewed—along with the instructor manuals she created—and Lauren intends to submit them for publication this spring.
On March 24th, 2018, Lauren had the opportunity to present a poster at the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) conference in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Her poster was a review created in collaboration with colleagues from Marquette University and the University of Pennsylvania
Lauren was selected for a two-year term on the American Association of Endodontists’s Resident Expert Advisory Council. She will help share the message of the foundation and represent colleagues on a national committee. The website will be updated with new committee members soon:
She's Killing It!
Lauren was honored to be featured on the @sheiskillingit podcast for the month of October 2017 Check it out in the podcast section of the website! https://www.sheskillingit.com/
Lauren is also active presenting an informal continuing education lecture for the dental society in Greenwood, South Carolina. She presented on Tuesday October 24th on current perspectives in endodontics for a mixed audience of general dentists and specialists. She also presented an endodontic instrumentation update for 4th year dental students and advanced education in general dentistry residents on the same day.
Lauren recently traveled to the East African nation of Uganda
In partnership with Child Family Health International and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Her work involved analyzing research data for internal quality control and improvement for a NGO, the Kigezi Healthcare Foundation (KIHEFO). When Ms. Kuhn was not working on research duties, she had the opportunity to assist with outreach dental education and treatment programs in rural villages. She is most impressed by the kindness and the passion that the health providers at KIHEFO exhibit and was grateful for the opportunity to learn more about the challenges and successes of providing dental treatment and education in areas with scarce resources. Ms. Kuhn also sponsored a family in the area through KIHEFO's Rabbit Project, which provides malnourished families with training, custom built cages, and rabbits to provide the family a sustainable source of protein and income.
December 2016: Travels to Japanese Dental Schools
Lauren & one of her colleagues traveled to Japan, with visits to both the Nippon Dental University and the Iwate Medical University. During her visit to the Iwate Medical University, Lauren presented a lecture to faculty and students about differences between root canal treatment procedures in the United States and Japan. Kuhn focused on presenting research relating to microbial presence, pain, and healing time and how this literature is relevant to the number of appointments needed to complete root canal therapy.
Also In the news
PEO Scholar Award and International Convention Speaker:
Lauren Kuhn named as a PEO Scholar Award Recipient--a one-time $15,000 academic scholarship for women pursuing doctoral degrees. Subsequently, she was asked to be the featured speaker for the 2015 PEO International Convention to talk about the Scholar Award, her educational goals, and her past, present, and future efforts to benefit the educations of others.
4th runner up at Miss America 2015!
AND winner of a $5000 STEM scholarship!
Elks National Hoop Shoot: Lauren was the key-note speaker for the 2015 Elks National Hoop Shoot Contest in Springfield, MA--the birthplace of basketball! Lauren visited the Basketball Hall of Fame, sang the National Anthem to kick-off the contest, and spoke to the athletes regarding determination, perseverance and being a role-model.
Visit the actual announcement of this speaking engagement here: Elks National Hoop Shoot
STEAM with Fable Vision:
On Thursday, April 16th, Lauren attended and spoke at a Night Powered by STEAM Thinking to promote the goods works of Fable Vision and the inspiring duo of Peter and Paul Reynolds. Peter is a New York Times Best Selling Author and recently authored and illustrated the book Full STEAM Ahead to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) with the addition of the arts and creativity, to yield STEAM (A for arts) thinking!
At 23, Lauren Kuhn has seen more of the world than most people...
But the 2014 Miss Massachusetts, who placed in the top 5 in the Miss America pageant, still has places she wants to go — namely Iceland. A graduate of Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., (her native state) and now a student at Harvard’s School of Dental Medicine, as well as an accomplished pianist, Kuhn advocates for empowering women through education. We caught up with her to talk about all things travel. -> Read more
On April 22, 2015, Lauren Kuhn was thrilled to be the guest speaker at the Boston Rotary Club! They're Rotary #7 which makes them the seventh rotary to be established internationally! She spoke about her platform, the scholarship she started last year, and the way that #missamerica complements academia. #rotary #boston
Derek Kilmer: On Tuesday April 14th, Lauren Kuhn visited Washington, DC and had a meeting with US House of Representatives Member Derek Kilmer to discuss House Bill 649: The Student Loan Refinancing Act. After discussing the promise of this legislation, Rep. Kilmer agreed to co-sponsor the bill! This is part of Lauren's ongoing work to promote higher education and make it an affordable option for students now and in the future.
Bridgewater State University
Tonight I had the pleasure of visiting Bridgewater State University to speak with 11-13 year old girls (48 in total) who had been sponsored by their schools to attend a week of a STEM-focused program called Envision the Future. Antonia, pictured with me here, wants to become an orthodontist! I had so many girls ask for my advice on education and quite a few told me I was an inspiration and hugged me. It was so moving! I also networked with many of the women in attendance who asked me to speak at career days and future STEM events. It was wonderful. I met girls who had aspirations similar to many of my pageant sisters, so I told them about my sister queens' successes! The Attleboro girls were thrilled when I told them the new Miss Mass was from their hometown!
Daughter • Sister • Pianist • Vocalist • Golfer • Downhill Skier • Lobbyist • Future Dentist • Researcher*
*At Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine
You've heard a lot about the "STEM" program haven't you? "STEM" Stands for: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
Lauren Kuhn joined Boston Herald Radio’s “Morning Meeting” with Hillary Chabot and Jack Encarnacao to talk about her goals as Miss Massachusetts.
Q: I understand you have a “three-point plan.”
A: I had established a scholarship earlier this year, and I sent it to a young woman who is going to the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, and one of my goals... Read more
The United States has become a global leader, in large part, through the genius and hard work of its scientists, engineers and innovators. Yet today, that position is threatened as comparatively few American students pursue expertise in the fields of science, technology,
engineering and mathematics (STEM)—and by an inadequate pipeline of teachers skilled in those subjects. President Obama has set a priority of increasing the number of students and teachers who are proficient in these vital fields.
Lauren Kuhn is doing a remarkable job within the STEM program, promoting education in these fields. Her tireless work earned her a $5,000 scholarship in the recent Miss America pageant and one of only 4 people that received such an award! If you have any questions regarding her work or about what the STEM program is about, please visit the CONTACT page and make sure you put STEM in the subject line.