Humphreys accepted into UT's College of Dentistry

Dec. 20, 2012
Contact: Karen B. Eldridge, Director of Communications

Brennan Humphreys, a senior biology major at Maryville College, has been accepted into the College of Dentistry at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She will complete requirements for graduation in May 2013 and plans to begin her studies at the dental school in Memphis, Tenn., in August 2013.

While at Maryville College, Brennan has consistently made the Dean’s List, which recognizes full-time students who earn at least a 3.6 GPA in a semester. She has been advised by Dr. Paul Threadgill, professor biology, and completed an independent Senior Study under the guidance of Dr. Jennifer Brigati, associate professor of biology.

One of the distinctive features of a Maryville education, the Senior Study requirement calls for students to complete a two-semester research and writing project that is guided by a faculty supervisor.

Brigati said she and Humphreys worked together to define a Senior Study research topic that would be relevant to her vocational goal of becoming a dentist. Humphreys’ completed study is titled “Impact of Reduced Cleansing Frequency on Effectiveness of Denture Cleaner at Eliminating Microorganisms on Mouth.”

“Her study on the effectiveness of denture cleaners at reducing the number of bacteria on mouth guards required her to spend a significant amount of time reading literature on oral health, which will be directly helpful when she gets to dental school,” the professor said. “And it also gave her some hands-on research experience that she could talk about during her dental school interview.”

Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation in partnership with others. Founded in 1819, Maryville is the 12th oldest college in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Brennan Humphreys is the daughter of Wes and Peggy Humphreys of Maryville. She graduated from Maryville High School in 2009.