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Chris Steddum

Chris SteddumChris earned an M.S. in chemistry from the Western Carolina University graduate school in 2012.  He began at the East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine in the fall of 2012 with plans to earn his D.M.D. degree and continue with advanced training before opening a practice in North Carolina to meet the needs of the under-served population.  The need for dentistry in North Carolina became apparent to him during his time volunteering with the North Carolina Missions of Mercy free dental clinics and at the Blue Ridge Free Dental Clinic in Cashiers, N.C.  While at WCU, Chris was an active member of the cycling team and was a graduate teaching assistant in the Chemistry and
Physics Department. 

 “My experience in the chemistry masters program at WCU was an essential part of my preparation for professional school.  I know the skills I have gained will help me as I learn the practice of dentistry and as I work to advance dental care through research.   I owe my excellent research experience to the graduate school and the talented faculty in the Chemistry and Physics Department at WCU.”

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