Spartan Kayla Weatherwax shares her journey as a former undergraduate student at MSU to a now dental student at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.
Kayla is currently a first-year dental student at University of Michigan School of Dentistry, pursuing her Doctorate of Dental Surgery anticipated May 2019. She graduated in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences with Honors at Michigan State University. In her undergraduate career and as a current dental student, she has been intrigued by the role that nutrition plays in oral health. Dentistry has been a passion of hers for quite some time and she has gained over 2,500 hours of experience within the field, both clinically and administratively.
As an undergraduate student at Michigan State, she was employed as a co-supervisor of The Student Executive Team at the Michigan State University Alumni Association. As a supervisor, she was responsible for leading a team of dedicated student interns. Some of her duties included assisting in the planning and organizing of alumni events, the delegation of student intern projects, event preparation, and the hiring of new student interns. She says it was an excellent opportunity to be an integral part of an amazing team and she gained tremendous experience as a leader.
She was also a part of Michigan State University’s Outreach and Engagement department. She worked as an assistant to Dr. Jessica Barnes-Najor, who works with The Tribal Early Childhood Research Center. Kayla says it gave her the opportunity to be a part of research projects such as a social network analysis and the development of an educational module focusing on the dynamics of power and privilege in research. This position also offered her the opportunity to gain research knowledge and a greater awareness of community and culture.