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Colgate Dental Students' Conference on Research

Each year, the ADA Foundation hosts the Colgate Dental Students' Conference on Research (Colgate DSCR) at the ADA Foundation Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Center (VRC) in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The goal of this conference is to introduce dental students to industry and academic professionals as well as scientists from the VRC, the American Dental Association, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) to raise their awareness of the wide-ranging careers available in oral health research. Students attend guest lectures from leading scientists, tour top research centers such as the NIH campus, and participate in poster presentations and discussions.

Through the Colgate DSCR, the ADA Foundation continues a 50 year legacy that allows dental students access to an array of oral health research and collaboration opportunities that will benefit the general public and future generations for many years to come.

Students explore research careers at ADAF Colgate Dental Students' Conference on Research (ADA News, December 9, 2015)
50th meeting of young scientific minds puts spotlight on dental research (ADA News, May 19, 2014)
Dental students explore research career options at ADAF conference (ADA News, June 3, 2013)

Selection criteria: An invitation and registration information was sent to U.S. and Canadian dental schools in April, 2016. Full requirements and nomination procedures are distributed to each dental school dean via an email from the ADA Foundation. To be selected, each student nominee should be a first-time conference participant and have a demonstrated interest and ability in research. The ADA Foundation requires a $600 fee per student to be paid by the university to defray a portion of the students' conference-related costs. Student attendees are otherwise fully funded by the ADA Foundation as outlined in the Colgate DSCR requirements and nomination procedures documents.