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10 Under 10 Award

The 2019 10 under 10 award recipients
The 2019 10 under 10 award recipients posing at the New Dentist Conference at ADA in San Francisco. Not pictured: Dr. Timothy Treat.

Developed by the ADA New Dentist Committee in 2017, this award recognizes 10 amazing dentists who graduated from dental school less than 10 years ago. We’re celebrating dentists who demonstrate excellence and inspire others in science, research & education, practice excellence, philanthropy, leadership, and advocacy and more.

Nominations are open from October 1–December 31 and winners are recognized the following spring.

Show the world what new dentists can achieve.

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View Past Winners

Additional Information

Eligibility: Nominees who meet the following criteria will be considered:

  • Must have graduated from a U.S. dental school less than 10 years ago at time of nomination (between 2010–2019 for those submitting in 2019)
  • ADA member in good standing
  • Inspires others in one of the excellence areas: Science/Research/Education, Practice Excellence, Philanthropy, Leadership, Advocacy

Nominations must be submitted on by December 31 of the nomination year to qualify. Late nominations are not accepted. Nomination forms must be completed in its entirety including uploading the nominee’s CV. Nominators may submit more than one nominee for consideration if desired. Dental associations may nominate someone on behalf of the society. Self-nominations are not permitted.

Current members of the ADA New Dentist Committee are not eligible to receive the award.

Award Timeline and Selection Process: The nomination period is open October 1 – December 31 each year. Nominations must be submitted by December 31, 2019 and use the 10 under 10 nomination form to be considered. The winners are selected by the ADA New Dentist Committee and announced in spring of the following year. For the 2020 year, the winners will be announced in mid-March. The New Dentist Committee considers all eligible nominees. Committee discussions are confidential.

Award Recognition: 10 Under 10 Award recipients will be recognized on, ADA News, the New Dentist Now blog, the New Dentist Conference at ADA and other ADA channels and will receive a $1,000 cash award and a plaque. All nominees are listed on the web site and in other places.

Help Promote: If you or your state or local dental society would like to help promote the award or one of the winners, please contact the New Dentist Committee office. You may share the New Dentist Now blog 10 under 10 stories freely. You may request permission to reprint the New Dentist News publication stories.

Questions: Please contact the ADA Member Service Center at 312.440.2500 and request to speak with the New Dentist Committee office or email