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Applications due soon for two ADA Standards Program annual awards

October 08, 2014 Two ADA Standards Programs annual awards—the John W. Stanford New Investigator Award and the Robert H. Ahlstrom New Investigator Award—have fast-approaching application deadlines.

The extended deadline to apply for the Stanford award is Oct. 31. Applications are due Feb. 1 for the Ahlstrom award.

Dental students and new dentists working on original research in the realm of dental standards may apply for both awards.  Applicants must have received their D.D.S. or D.M.D. degrees no more than five years prior to the time of selection.

Stanford award submissions must be original research that addresses some aspect of the use of standards in dental research or clinical application. Dr. Stanford, who died in 2011, was a 40-year ADA employee and played a pivotal part in standards setting and development. He is credited with establishing the ADA's current standards program. The winner will receive airfare and accommodation to present the winning research at the March 2015 ADA Standards Committee annual meeting in Boston.

Through the Ahlstrom award, the ADA aims to highlight the crucial role that dental informatics standards play in improving the quality of patient care, assuring patient health and safety and increasing efficiency through use of information technology.

The winner of the Ahlstrom award will receive airfare and accommodations to present the award-winning project in November 2015 at the ADA SCDI annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

As the first chairman of the ADA Standards Committee on Dental Informatics, which was formed in 1999, Dr. Ahlstrom brought together dental informatics experts from across the dental profession, representing dentists, government, academia, and industry. He led the group's successful efforts to develop standards for information exchange, clinical informatics systems and knowledge management. Dr. Ahlstrom served as chairman of the SCDI until 2006.

Application materials for both the John W. Stanford and Robert H. Ahlstrom New Investigator Awards and more information about the ADA Standards Programs are available at