BOARD MEMBERS

Our current board members work hard all year to provide our members with the appropriate resources, information, and service events they need to be successful in their undergraduate/pre-dental careers.

Eun Bi Jung
President

Year: 4th

Major: Microbiology, immunology, and molecular genetics

Member since: 2019

Favorite thing about PDSOP: My favorite aspect of PDSOP is that it creates a safe and fun environment that allows students to not only learn how to make the most out of their undergraduate careers as pre-dentals but also gives students the opportunity to meet others going through similar struggles. Personally, I felt extremely lost when I had first decided to pursue a dental career; however, once I joined PDSOP, I learned more about what I was getting myself into, how I should be preparing, and connected with a vast range of people willing to help me (board members, others pre-dentals at UCLA, my lab Primary Investigator, and dental school students and professors). I started this club knowing nothing and I am now finishing as a pre-dental student who has had plenty of opportunities to strengthen her application, learned tips on how to study for the DAT, volunteered at places introduced to her by PDSOP, and grown close to many dental students who have presented.

Andy Velazquez
President

Year: 4th

Major: Biology

Member since: 2017

Favorite thing about PDSOP: I enjoy PDSOP because it’s a safe place to meet other pre-dental students who are willing to help each other towards similar aspirations. There were a lot of things that I didn’t know about dental school and the application process before joining PDSOP. I would recommend this club to any pre-dental student who seeks to give back to the community while preparing for dental school. I really love how the community service events truly make an impact within the community. Teaching children how to brush properly is a step towards better oral health within the community.

Jupin Bagherzadeh
Vice President

Year: Graduate
Major: Sociology
Member since: 2018
Favorite thing about PDSOP: My favorite thing about PDSOP is that it provides students with numerous opportunities to guide them on their pre-dental journey such as DAT tips, volunteer opportunities, the dental application process, and so much more. PDSOP provided me with a wealth of pre-dental knowledge that I wouldn't have known otherwise. Not only does PDSOP create a strong community of pre-dental students supporting each other but also gives back to the community. 

Danna Rodriguez Vargas
Secretary

Year: 4th
Major: Physiological Science
Member since: 2018
Favorite thing about PDSOP: If you are a pre-dental student or are still deciding wether dentistry is the career for you, this is the club for you! PDSOP offers plentiful of resources and an array of opportunities to deepen your knowledge in every component of the dental application process, as well as the dental profession. In such a big campus as UCLA, it was difficult for me to find other students who were equally working towards the goal of pursuing a dental career. However, PDSOP quickly provided a place and space to build friendships and create a network with other pre-dents. Additionally, this program allowed me the opportunity to cultivate professional relationships with UCLA dental students at every stage in their dental school career. PDSOP has helped me become a competitive applicant for the journey ahead. Let us help you become a strong applicant as well.

Bahar Khalilian
Treasurer

Year: 4th
Major: Physiological Science
Member since: 2019
Favorite thing about PDSOP:  I love that PDSOP brings together communities of pre-dental and dental students and is able to offer them opportunities and information at each step of the application to dental school. Students that are still trying to figure out if dentistry is the right career path for them can become more familiar with the profession through the club presentations and community service opportunities, and students that are preparing to apply to dental schools can benefit from dental school presentations and networking opportunities of the club.

Madeline Motamedi
Recruitment Director

Year: 3rd
Major: Psychobiology
Member since: 2019
Favorite thing about PDSOP: PDSOP has provided me with a strong foundation as a pre-dental student. I've gotten a glimpse into all aspects of the dental profession including the application process for dental school, the life of a dental student and what it's like to be a dentist. Furthermore, I've made lifelong pre-dental friends and been exposed to countless opportunities which have allowed me to dive right into the dental community as an undergrad.

Michelle Ngyuen
Community Service Coordinator

Year: 3rd
Major: Biology
Member since: 2018 
Favorite thing about PDSOP: Favorite thing about PDSOP for me is when I meet people who are also in my same class! I was able to take other UCLA courses with them and also take the Basic Dental Principles lecture series with them!

Nicolette Sameyah
Community Service Coordinator

Year: Graduate
Major: Sociology
Member since: 2019
Favorite thing about PDSOP: 
PDSOP is a one stop shop for all things dentistry! Before joining this program I knew nothing about the steps to apply to dental school. PDSOP introduced me to preparation methods for the DAT, the steps to completing the dental school application, and extracurricular activities in the dental field. Also, through PDSOP I was connected to other pre-dental students, current dental students, and practicing dental professionals. I love this program and I think that all pre-dents should get involved during their undergraduate career.

Jasper Kim
Social Coordinator

Year: 4th
Major: Biology
Member since: 
Favorite thing about PDSOP: 
I love how PDSOP allows you to meet other motivated pre-dental students and offers various opportunities and tips for the application process to dental school. PDSOP uplifted my interest in dentistry and even helped me to build many valuable friendships!

Tali Zarnegar
Social Coordinator

Year: 4th
Major: Anthropology
Member since: 
Favorite thing about PDSOP: PDSOP is an amazing club that helped me combat a lot of stress and anxiety I had over the dental school process. My favorite thing about PDSOP is how much the club strives to provide as much information as possible in the most accessible way for students. I love the interactions the club provides between pre-dental students and the UCLA dental students because it provides so much personal insight into the dental world. PDSOP is the perfect club for pre-dents to meet others, gain knowledge, and have a great time!

Kyung Jin Kim
Webmaster

Year: 4th
Major: Psychobiology
Member since: 2017
Favorite thing about PDSOP: The best part of PDSOP was definitely the connections it helped me establish with other pre-dents, dental students, and practicing doctors who have all provided amazing mentorship. 

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Los Angeles, CA 90095

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IG: @ucla_pdsop

Meetings: Tuesdays 6:00-7:00 pm 

Weeks 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9 (every quarter)