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ADA seeks applicants for standards awards

February 19, 2020
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The American Dental Association is accepting submissions for awards that honor standards-based research.

Applications are due by May 15 for the 2020 Robert H. Ahlstrom New Investigator Award, which highlights the role dental informatics standards play in improving the quality of patient care, assuring patient health and safety, and increasing efficiency through the use of information technology, and by Oct. 1 for the 2020 John W. Stanford New Investigator Award, which recognizes how standards are developed by dental professionals to establish specific technical, performance and safety requirements for dental products.

ADA dental student members, members who earned their dental degree since 2015 and members pursuing an additional degree or specialty are eligible to apply for either award.

Submissions may include an original standards-related research report completed within the 2019-20 academic year but not published, a standards-related article published within the 2019-20 academic year or a standards-related extended abstract or poster developed within the 2019-20 academic year.

Applications for the Ahlstrom Award must explain how the paper addresses the use of informatics standards in research or in the development of dental software, dental digital imaging systems or the electronic dental record or contributes to the development of dental informatics standards.

Stanford Award submissions must explain how the research incorporates current dental standards or contributes to the development of dental standards. 

The Ahlstrom Award winner, who will be notified in June, will receive a $1,000 honorarium, as well as domestic airfare and a three-night hotel stay to present his or her paper at the ADA Standards Committee on Dental Informatics meeting in October in Orlando, Florida.

The Stanford Award winner, who will be announced in December, also will receive a $1,000 honorarium, as well as domestic airfare and a three-night hotel stay to present his or her paper at the ADA Standards Committee on Dental Products and the U.S. Technical Advisory Group for the International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee 106 on Dentistry meeting in March 2021 in Boston.

For more information or application materials, visit ADA.org/dentalstandards.