University of the Pacific Student Dr. Bianca Lau Wins 2023 Eugene L. Gottlieb JCO Student of the Year Award, Presented by American Orthodontics

Dr. Bianca Lau from the University of the Pacific is the winner of the 2023 Eugene L. Gottlieb Journal of Clinical Orthodontics Student of the Year Award, presented by American Orthodontics. Dr. Lau was selected over 30 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.

“I’m grateful for all the support I’ve received over the years, and I feel very blessed to have been surrounded by amazing faculty, mentors, and coresidents,” said Dr. Lau. “This award is a manifestation of all the hard work, patience, love, and time our program director, clinic director, and all our faculty and staff have invested into the residents at University of the Pacific.”

Dr. Lau grew up in San Francisco and attended the University of the Pacific’s accelerated pre-dental advantage program, which included two years of undergraduate study followed by a three-year dental program.

Dr. Lau is the eighth Student of the Year award winner, joining Dr. Shelby Steffenhagen of the University of Texas San Antonio (2022), Dr. Amanda Gross of Texas A&M University (2021), Dr. Saro Atam of Stony Brook University (2020), Dr. Katya Skillestad of Texas A&M University (2019), Dr. Samaneh Mojarrad of the University of Pennsylvania (2018), Dr. Moataz Elmahdy of the University of Rochester (2017), and Dr. Krystian Jarosz of Rutgers University (2016). The University of the Pacific is the seventh different school to be recognized with the award.

AO has been the title sponsor of the award since its inception. AO is dedicated to supporting orthodontic education and the future of the profession, and proud to sponsor the JCO Student of the Year Award recognizing the best and brightest in orthodontics.