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Program Director / Principal Investigator (Last, First, Middle) : Walsh, Margaret M

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH
Provide the following information for the Senior/key personnel and other significant contributors in the order listed on Form Page
2. Follow this format for each person. DO NOT EXCEED FOUR PAGES.

NAME

Connie Cheng

POSITION TITLE

eRA COMMONS USER NAME (credential, e.g., agency login)

Graduate Learner, UCSF, MSDH


EDUCATION/TRAINING (Begin with baccalaureate or other initial professional education, such as nursing, include postdoctoral training and
residency training if applicable.)

INSTITUTION AND LOCATION

DEGREE

MM/YY

FIELD OF STUDY

San Jose State University


Foothill College
University of California, San
Francisco

B.S.
A.S.
M.S
in
progre
ss

05/11
06/15
06/16

Hospitality
Management
Dental Hygiene
Dental Hygiene

A. Personal Statement
Briefly describe why your experience and qualifications make you particularly well-suited for
your role (e.g., PD/PI, mentor, participating faculty) in the project that is the subject of the
application.

Being a recent graduate from an entry-level dental hygiene program will be beneficial in
teaching incoming students about current schools of thinking. I believe students can better voice
their fears, struggles, and goals to me because I, too, have recently experienced the same
stress and environment. During my time in school, I worked with recent graduates in class and
clinic and I developed a closer bond to them in a matter of weeks than instructors I've known for
several quarters. The graduates were able to recall the same experiences and memories and
helped serve as a reminder that I'm not alone in my struggles. I hope to not only serve as a
liason for graduates, but also as an instructor that can explain concepts more clearly to facilitate
a thorough understanding. An enthusiastic instructor can make all the difference. I'd like to build
a class that is interactive and hands on. What I lack in experience, I hope to compensate in
determination. Though I am a novice clinician, I am in a phase as a recent graduate where I am
absorbing all the information around me. I believe learning the skills as an educator early in my
career will be influential to my development as I take clips of skills that work for me, and dispose
skills that may not work.

B. Positions and Honors


List in chronological order previous positions, concluding with the present position. List any
honors. Include present membership on any Federal Government public advisory committee.

Positions and Employment

2011-2012
2012-2013
2012-2015
October 2015

Dental Assistant, Peter Chiu, DDS, San Francisco, CA


Dental Assistant, South Beach Dental, San Francisco, CA
Dental Assistant, Ocean Dental Group, San Francisco, CA
Registered Dental Hygienist, Ocean Dental Group, San Francisco, CA

Other Experience and Professional Memberships

2013- Present

American Dental Hygienists' Association

2013-Present

California Dental Hygienists' Association

2015

American Dental Education Association

Honors
2015 CDHA Student Leadership Award, Foothill College