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Student researchers to compete in 54th ADA/DENTSPLY student clinician program

October 07, 2013

By Stacie Crozier, ADA News staff

Student researcher: Naveen Karim from Texas A & M Health Science Center, Baylor College of Dentistry, presents her research to Dr. Jane C. Puskas, SCADA president, at the 2012 ADA Annual Session in San Francisco.
New Orleans—For the 54th year, the best and brightest in dental student research will showcase their work at the ADA/DENTSPLY Student Clinician Research Program at the ADA Annual Session.

A student researcher from each participating U.S. dental school will present his or her winning research program Nov. 2. Registered Annual Session attendees can earn three hours of continuing education credit by attending the open session for all student poster presentations from 1-4 p.m. at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Hall B (course 7399).

“The hallmark of our profession is scientific research,” said Dr. Teresa Dolan, vice president and chief clinical officer at DENTSPLY International Inc. “It is critical that dental students have the opportunity to participate in research and this program showcases the best work on a national and international level.”

Dr. Dolan said that, as a past dental school dean, she knows firsthand that dental students not only reap educational and professional benefits from working with mentors in the research arena, they also gain perspective by attending and participating in a national dental meeting.

Dr. Dolan 
“These student clinicians not only see the value of evidence-based dentistry in action during the ADA Annual Session, they also have a wonderful learning experience through traveling to the meeting and participating in continuing education, networking with their peers and enjoying the events at the meeting.”

Since its inception, the program has expanded to some three dozen countries worldwide and has had more than 5,200 student participants. Former clinicians have gone on to become leaders in dental education, research, organized dentistry and industry.

Participants receive an all-expenses paid trip to a national dental meeting for student winners, participation in the poster clinic competition and global recognition for their dental research accomplishments. They then become alumni members of the Student Clinicians of the American Dental Association. SCADA alumni receive the Expressions newsletter, access to the SCADA directory, graduate study financial assistance, networking opportunities and international mentoring.

Student researchers, Dr. Dolan added, have the opportunity to gain visibility for their work and build their skills in critical thinking and communications.

“Participating in research during dental school is a wonderful opportunity above and beyond the normal curriculum,” Dr. Dolan said.

A complete list of presenters and topics will be available on-site at the convention center. For more information, visit