The ADAF awards program recognizes and supports promising oral health researchers, especially those who are working to expand access to quality dental care in underserved communities.
The ADAF is NOW accepting applications for the Whiston Leadership and Crest and Oral-B Promising Researcher Awards. Applications are due Monday, June 19, 2023. To complete an application, visit here.
The Whiston Leadership Award
The Dr. David Whiston Leadership Award is given each year to recognize a promising individual whose leadership and research excellence has made a substantial contribution to public oral health. This annual $5,000 award, which honors researchers and leaders from diverse backgrounds, enables the winner to attend the ADA Institute for Diversity in Leadership. Funds may also support research focused on an oral health issue or challenge within an underserved population or community.
Eligible applicants include dental students, graduate students, residents enrolled in an accredited dental school program, early-career dentists under the age of 40, and dentists in the first 5 years of professional work following residency. In choosing the winning candidate, the award committee explores factors such as community engagement, service to the dental profession and scientific advancement of public oral health.
Our 2022 award recipients are Brittaney Hill, DDS, MS, MPH from University of Illinois Chicago and Sylvette Ramos-Diaz, MPH from UNC Adams School of Dentistry.
We are currently accepting 2023 applications and the deadline is June 19, 2023. To complete an application, visit here. For questions about the Whiston Leadership Award, contact Tracey Schilligo, Professional Programs Manager at email@example.com or
The Crest and Oral-B Promising Researcher Award
The ADA Foundation Crest and Oral-B Promising Researcher Award promotes and recognizes excellence in oral health research. This annual award provides $5,000 to a promising researcher focused on preventive dentistry.
Our 2022 award recipient is Nicholas Fischer, PhD from University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.
Eligible candidates may be involved in basic, translational or clinical research. Award funds will enable the winning candidate to attend one or more scientific conferences to further their knowledge or skills or to present findings. Award funds can be used for expenses such as conference registration fees, travel expenses, meals and lodging.
Degree candidates must conduct oral health research in preventive dentistry while enrolled in one of the following degree programs at an eligible institution:
- D.D.S. or D.M.D.
- D.D.S./D.M.D. and Ph.D. dual degree
- Advanced Dentistry Education
- Ph.D. or equivalent
- M.P.H., M.S. or equivalent
- Foreign equivalent
(For purposes of the award, an eligible institution is defined as an accredited public, nonprofit or privately owned for-profit college, university, vocational school, or post-secondary education institution that is eligible to participate in a student aid program administered by the U.S. Department of Education.)
We are currently accepting 2023 applications and the deadline has been updated to July 31st, 2023. To complete an application, visit here. For questions about the Crest Oral-B Promising Researcher Award, contact Tracey Schilligo, Professional Programs Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or