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Dental Students Conference on Research

ADA Foundation
Colgate Dental Students' Conference on Research
Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Center

Each spring, the ADA Foundation hosts the Colgate Dental Students' Conference on Research at the Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Center (VRC) in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The goal of this conference is to introduce dental students selected by their schools to scientists from the VRC, ADA, industry, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, and the ADA Foundation's Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Center to raise their awareness of the wide-ranging careers available in oral health research. The ADAF invites each dental school to nominate an attendee, and approximately 30 to 40 dental students in the U.S. and Canada attend the conference. Students spend three days getting to know each other, seeing and hearing about oral health research from leading scientists, and touring top research centers like the National Institutes of Health campus. Students also participate in poster presentations and discussions.

For 50 years, the Conference has played an integral role in introducing future oral health researchers to a full spectrum of scientific activities and career opportunities in oral health research. The ADA Foundation strongly supports today's dental students as they pursue tomorrow's scientific explorations in oral health research for the benefit of the general public and future generations.

2014 Conference Information

The conference took place on the campuses of the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, MD and the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, in April.

Selection criteria: Dental schools will receive information on the 2015 DSCR in early 2015. To be selected, student nominees should have a demonstrated interest and ability in research. Full requirements and nomination procedures are distributed to the deans of all U.S. and Canadian dental schools via an email from the ADA Foundation. The ADA Foundation requires a $500 fee per student to be paid by the university to defray a portion of the students' conference-related costs.