The 2021 Student Competition for Advancing Dental Research and its Application honors student researchers and encourages advancements in the dental space.
Dentsply Sirona has awarded the 2021 Student Competition for Advancing Dental Research and its Application (SCADA) to student researchers in U.S. dental schools. SCADA, which was initiated in 1959, was created to support and encourage young dental professionals in the early stages of their careers in research. It was also created as a means to facilitate a network for young dental researchers who may not otherwise have the connections in their careers. It was created in collaboration with the American Association for Dental Research.
The award has 2 categories which are Clinical Science and Public Health Research as well as Basic and Transitional Science. Dental schools around the U.S. were invited to participate by nominating a student who has done extensive research in either category. The student then submitted an abstract for review. After acceptance, student researchers were asked to submit a complete portfolio to the panel of judges.
This year, 46 students submitted portfolios and virtually presented their research to the international panel of judges. Of the 46, 6 student researchers were chosen for the 2021 SCADA award. Announced by the president of the American Association for Dental Research, Mark Herzberg, DDS, the 3 winners of the Clinical Science and Public Health Research are as follows.
“Today we recognize that, like scientists, intellectually engaged practitioners are going to be the life force of the future of dentistry and oral health care,” Dr Herzberg said at the virtual ceremony. The 3 winners of the Basic and Translational Science are as follows.
Dentsply Sirona also sponsored 12 student research competitions in 12 countries including Japan, South Korea, and others. Along with the student research awards, SCADA also recognized 2 fellowship recipients and leadership awards for scholarship and graduate education.