8:30 in the morning marked the beginning of the 19th Dental Students Scientific Conference 2018. The theme for this year’s conference is cultivating creativity through research , which resonates with many in the field of research. Researchers are to think outside of the box. We learn to be creative by experimenting, exploring, questioning assumptions, using imagination and synthesizing information. Members of the audience rised up upon the arrival of the guests of honour and only were seated shortly after the songs of Negaraku and University Malaya have been played. The ceremony begun with the recitation of opening prayer by Mr. Ahmad Muizz Bin Shariful Anuar. Followed by the opening speech delivered by the Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry,Yang Bahagia Professor Dato’Dr. Zainal Ariff Abdul Rahman and Deputy Vice Chancellor of Research and Innovation, Yang Bahagia Professor Dr.Noorsaadah Abdul Rahman. After the officiation of the conference, a great opening performance was presented by a year four dental student, Andrew Lim. The members of the audience were invited for a short tea-break at the exam hall located at the lower ground floor. At 9:40 a.m., the oral and poster presentations were conducted concurrently at the lecture hall and seminar room 5. At 1:00 p.m. everyone was invited to enjoy the refreshments at the lower ground floor. Later on, the afternoon session started at 2 p.m. After all the contestants have presented their researches, while waiting for all the external and internal judges to tabulate their scores, representative from Smile Link Dental Group, Datin Jean Wong gave an inspiring message and representative from Southern Lion Company, Dr.AdiMansor to talk about aging and periodontal problem. Next, the representative from Colgate Company, Mrs Wong Yian Yan to give a a talk that entitled Partnering towards Achieving Oral Wellness. Followed by the students’ elective committee chairperson, Yang Berusaha Associate Professor Dr. Norsmatul Akma Ahmad who delivered her comments regarding this year’s elective research project. Lastly, the 19th Dental Students Scientific Conference Chairperson, Yang Berusaha, Dr Chan SiewWui delivered her closing speech. Last but not least, the prize giving ceremony. The overall winner went to Muhammad Izzul Faiz Rosazman and Sharifah Norsyarafina Syed Ahmad Baki. Loh Mei Yin who partnered up with Muhammad Nurhalim Amran emerged as the first prize winner for poster presentation. On the other hand, Emir Rhys Supri and Teh Khe Sin won the first place for oral presentation. The first place for report writing was awarded to Amni Amirah Saifulazlan and Goh Qin Ying. This ceremony marked the end of the conference. As a conclusion, the 19th Dental Students Scientific Conference was a success.
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