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Application period open for Dr. Ray Bowen Research Award

May 27, 2016

By David Burger

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Gaithersburg, Md. — The ADA Foundation will begin accepting applications June 3 for the Dr. Ray Bowen Student Research Award, with the deadline Dec. 1.

This award is open to dental students who wish to undertake novel research relevant to operative dentistry.

The Foundation offers the award every other year in collaboration with the Academy of Operative Dentistry. The award provides $6,000 to support the student’s proposed research and up to $1,000 to cover the costs of his or her attendance at the AOD’s annual session, where the student will present a table clinic based on their award-winning research.

The award honors Dr. Bowen, a former director of the ADA Foundation Paffenbarger Research Center (now the ADA Foundation Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Center) and still active as Distinguished Scientist at the research center on the campus of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Dr. Bowen is the inventor of resin composites and dentin adhesives and an internationally recognized authority on composite materials.

Dr. Bowen, who began his research career experimenting with resin composites on his back porch, said he was honored to have the award named after him. “It’s very pleasing and I appreciate it,” he said. He encouraged younger people that had the aptitude and curiosity to pursue research. “It’s a good endeavor if they have enough interest and objectives in mind.”

Dr. Thomas Hart, VRC senior director, praised Dr. Bowen’s “legacy in the field” and Dr. Bowen’s colleague, Emeritus Chief Research Scientist Dr. Larry Chow, said, “Dr. Bowen is an icon with global renown.”

The most recent winner of the award is Andres Alvarez, a dental student at the University of Florida College of Dentistry. His research centered on a new arginine-based bonding agent with long-lasting anticaries activity, and he presented the findings of his research at the AOD’s annual session in February in Chicago after spending 2005 conducting his research.

Complete information on how to apply is located at