Recipients are selected based on their potential for leadership and their participation in the dental school and community. Integrity, imagination, initiative, and communication skills are considered as well.
UFCD noted how Smith is an active volunteer in the community, providing oral healthcare to the underserved, as well as his work at UF Health’s COVID-19 vaccination sites. Smith also revamped the “big/little” class mentoring program’s reveal, UFCD said.
Additionally, Smith is president of the college’s Dental Ambassadors, who are the official student representatives of the college at major events including the Florida Dental Convention and Dental Fall Weekend.
Smith also represented the college at the Hinman Student Research Symposium in 2019, where he won the National Student Research Group President’s Award for outstanding efforts in student research.
Further, UFCD said that Smith can be found spreading cheer around the college when he’s not in class, with patients, or researching and tending to class president obligations.
Smith has delivered candy as the Easter Bunny, passed out candy canes in December, sent holiday cards on behalf of the class, and organized outings for his classmates.