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Apply for ADA Foundation student research, leadership awards

April 16, 2018

By Kelly Ganski

The ADA Foundation is accepting applications before June 11 for student research and leadership awards.

The ADA Foundation Dentsply Sirona Research Award for Dual Degree Candidates will provide up to $10,000 in award funding for a dual degree — D.D.S./Ph.D. or D.M.D./Ph.D. — candidate. Recipients are expected to use the award to attend the American Association for Dental Research's Student Competition for Advancing Dental Research and its Application in 2019. They may use additional funds to defray the cost of a research project approved by the ADA Foundation; attend one or more scientific conferences to further their knowledge or skills; and/or present their findings at a scientific conference.

Image of ADA Foundation logoApplicants must be conducting research that has a basic biomedical, clinical or translational research focus and must be a U.S. citizen. They must also be a dual degree candidate enrolled in a program at a U.S. public, nonprofit or privately owned college or university accredited by the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation. A dual degree candidate is defined as an individual pursuing both a D.M.D. or D.D.S degree and a Ph.D. either simultaneously or within five years of completing the first degree.

The application deadline is June 11.

The deadline for the ADA Foundation Crest and Oral-B Promising Researcher Award, a recognition launched by the Foundation and Procter & Gamble, is also June 11. This award is designed to promote and recognize excellence in oral health research that advances preventive dentistry.

The winner will receive $5,000 to attend a scientific conference to further his or her knowledge and/or to present findings. With approval from the selection committee the awardee could also use the award to fund research-related expenses. Eligible applicants include degree candidates who conduct oral health research in preventive dentistry while enrolled in one of the following degree programs at an eligible institution: D.D.S., D.M.D., Ph.D., master of science degree or master's degree in public health.

For more information or to apply for either award, visit

The ADA Foundation Dr. David Whiston Leadership Program annually provides two $5,000 awards — the Dr. David Whiston Leadership Award and Henry Schein Cares Dr. David Whiston Leadership Award — to individuals who have demonstrated leadership skills in efforts aimed at improving the oral health of the public. The award funds are designed to cover the costs associated with attending a leadership development program offered by the American Management Association or a course approved by the ADA Foundation.

Applicants must be nominated by a mentor; be a dental student, graduate student, resident enrolled in an accredited dental school education program or an early career dentist under 40 in his or her first five years of professional work following a residency; and have held a position within dentistry where he or she has demonstrated leadership skills.  

For more information and to apply for the Whiston award, visit