Columbia Assistant Professor, Shiho Kawashima, Wins NSF Career Award. By Holly Evarts.
Mark Hermano is a current fourth-year student in the College of Dental Medicine (CDM), and expects to graduate in Spring 2015. He was elected president of his class in his first year, and has been re-elected every year since then.
“I attended the University of Florida for undergrad, and although I miss college football and the warm sunny weather, nothing beats being in New York City at one of the leading educational institutions in the world," Mark says. "I began seriously considering dentistry during my first year of college, when a fortuitous flag football accident left me without my two front teeth and in need of emergency dental work. My dentist miraculously repaired my broken smile, encouraged me to give his career some consideration, and after much shadowing, volunteering, and schooling, I can safely say I made the right choice.”
Mark has been instrumental in numerous student initiatives at the College of Dental Medicine, including the Public Relations Committee, the Student Admissions Committee, and Orientation. According to CDM's office of Student Affairs, Mark is a leader not only for his class but for all dental students. His precise judgment and thoroughness allow people to easily follow his lead—he has the best interests of his fellow students at the forefront.
“Columbia is an amazing place to be—the career opportunities are endless, the student body is close-knit and supportive, and the dynamic NYC environment is energizing and inspirational. The diversity and collaboration between students and faculty here promote continuous progression, along with wonderful people who will deliver a lifetime of memories,” says Mark. “Columbia College of Dental Medicine provides the backdrop for not only an impressive dental degree, but transcends the 4-year program length, into building a lifelong foundation to a quality network, education, and career.”