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ADA Foundation
Dental Students' Conference on Research
April 21 - 23, 2013
Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Center

Each spring, the ADA Foundation hosts a Dental Students' Conference on Research in Gaithersburg, Maryland. This annual gathering attracts dental students from over 50 schools in the U.S. and Canada. The goal of this conference is to introduce dental students selected by their schools to scientists from the ADA, industry, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, and the ADA Foundation Dr. Antonly Volpe Research Center to raise their awareness of the wide-ranging careers available in oral health research. Students spend three days getting to know each other, seeing and hearing about oral health research from leading scientists, and touring top research centers like the National Institutes of Health campus. Students also participate in poster presentations and discussions.

For almost 50 years, the Conference has played an integral role in introducing future oral health researchers to a full spectrum of scientific activities and career opportunities in oral health research. The ADA Foundation and the ADA strongly support today's dental students as they pursue tomorrow's scientific explorations in oral health research for the benefit of the general public and future generations.

2013 Conference Information

The conference will take place on the campuses of the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, MD and the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. Student attendees network with scientists from the ADA, the ADA Foundation Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Center, NIST, and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, and with other oral health industry leaders.

Selection criteria: The registration deadline for 2014 will be announced in early 2014. To be selected, student nominees should have a demonstrated interest and ability in research. Full requirements and nomination procedures will be distributed to the deans of all U.S. and Canadian dental schools via an email from the ADA Foundation. The ADA Foundation requires a $500 fee per student to be paid by the university to defray a portion of the students' conference-related costs.

The ADA Foundation hosted its 48th Annual Dental Student Research Conference at the ADA Foundation Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Center (PRC) and at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on April 16 and 7, 2012. Forty one outstanding students were selected by deans of their institutions from across the U.S and six Canadian schools. Attendees heard presentations from speakers about research opportunities in a laboratory setting such as in the ADAF research center, in academic institutions, in the ADA and in the corporate world.