Dr. Grace Huang from Harvard University is the winner of the 2024 Eugene L. Gottlieb Journal of Clinical Orthodontics (JCO) Student of the Year Award

Dr. Grace Huang from Harvard University is the winner of the 2024 Eugene L. Gottlieb Journal of Clinical Orthodontics (JCO) Student of the Year Award, presented by American Orthodontics. Dedicated to supporting orthodontic education and the future of the profession, AO has been the title sponsor of the award since its inception.

Dr. Huang was selected over 19 other students from schools around the United States and Canada in a two-stage, months-long competition judged for clinical excellence by members of the JCO editorial board. Her prize includes more than $8,000 worth of products and services.

The competition is held in two stages. Every school in the United States and Canada could nominate one current student. Nominees submit two letters of recommendation and apersonal essay. Nominees are supplied with materials from an unpublished case and then write a complete treatment plan, including all possible alternatives, within a two-week time frame. Three JCO board members select 12 finalists in December. Finalists then submit a complete report for a case he or she had worked on. A wider panel of JCOboard members then vote for the winner.

Born in China, Dr. Huang moved to the United States at age 6. Her mother worked as an orthodontic assistant while her father attended dental school, providing Dr. Huang not onlyaccess to orthodontic treatment but a career in which to aspire. She attended the University of Pennsylvania prior to Harvard.

“I am deeply moved and humbled to receive the 2024 JCO Student of the Year Award, especially considering how many exceptional peers I have come to know,” said Dr. Huang. “This honor reflects not just my personal journey but also the collective support and inspiration from my family, mentors, and colleagues. Orthodontics has the profound ability to not only perfect smiles but also transform lives by affecting how people feel about themselves and interact with the world. As I look to the future, I hope tocontribute to the ongoing advancement of the field and to continually learn from every patient and clinician I encounter.”

Dr. Huang is the ninth Student of the Year award winner, and Harvard University is the eighth different school to be recognized with the award. The JCO was founded in 1967 by Dr. Eugene L. Gottlieb, after whom the Student of the Year Award is named. Dr. Gottlieb died in 2018 at age 99.