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Iowa American Student Dental Association (IASDA)

Organization Description:

What is ASDA?
ASDA stands for the American Student Dental Association. It is similar to, and works closely with, the American Dental Association (ADA), although they are two separate organizations.  Both ASDA and the ADA are models of organized dentistry.

What is the difference between ASDA and IASDA?
Just like our government is divided into national, state, and local entities, ASDA is broken down into smaller components.  IASDA is the University of Iowa College of Dentistry's ASDA chapter.  We are then grouped into a district with nearby schools (District 8 - Creighton, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, and Nebraska). Next, districts can be grouped into regions.  We represent a part of the Western Region. Collectively, ASDA makes up the national component.

Why is organized dentistry important?
Organized dentistry is the dentist's and dental student's avenue for working together to better their profession.  It provides camaraderie and networking between its members, legislative lobbying with a united voice, and easier access to insight and perspective into areas a student might want to further explore. 

"ASDA was established to connect, support and advance the needs of students pursuing a career in the field of dentistry. As a member, you have the power of organized dentistry at your fingertips."

How can I benefit/become involved?

  • Free life and disability insurance; discounted health insurance
  • Discounts on test prep materials for boards
  • Debt management counseling
  • Lunch 'N Learns
  • Access to legislators
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Frolics (Dental Formal)
  • Networking with dental students from other schools
  • Attendance at various ASDA conferences to get updated on what's going on in the world of dentistry
  • Lobby Day in Washington D.C.
  • Summer externship programs in Chicago and Washington D.C.
  • Subscriptions and submission opportunities to numerous dental publications, including MOUTH, ASDA News, and JADA
  • Officer positions within IASDA and ASDA
  • ...and more!


Title Name
President Shaun O'Neill
President Elect Sean Harvey
Vice-President Michelle Burson
Treasurer Sophia Chen
Secretary Keegan Bohn
Legislative Liaison Melani Fulton
Fundraising Chairs Jessica Gradoville
Mackenzie Colbert
Philanthropy Chairs Macaira Leahy
Madeline Swenson
Social Chairs Katie Arp
Kaitlin Bowman
Morale Chairs Kaisha Brown
Danielle Meirick
Prophy Cup Chair TJ Williams
Peter Marsho
Apollonian Frolics Chairs Emily Flesner
Morgan Hess
Lunch & Learn Coordinator Taylor Austin
Sarah Ryan
Predental Club Co-Chair Elizabeth Axell
Intramural Chair Andrew Richter
Mobile Clinic Coordinator Mari Heslinga
Graduate and Professional Student Government Delegate (GPSG) for IASDA Sean Harvey
Michelle Burson
GPAC Sophia Chen
ASDA National First Delegate Shaun O'Neill
ASDA National Second Delegate Sean Harvey
ADEA First Delegate  
ADEA Second Delegate  
ADEA Alternate Delegate  
Faculty Adviser Ms. Cathy Solow