Deadline: October 18, 2021

The NSRG began offering the 411 Rapid Research in 2019 in Vancouver as an opportunity for pre-doctoral dental students to grow their ability to communicate their science to a non-scientific audience.

Student competitors have 4 minutes and 1 slide to explain their research. The student will then be asked 1 question.  Hence the name, 411. The award consists of 2 categories, basic science and clinical/public health. Seven competitors will be selected to compete within each category. The 3 winners of each competition will be awarded a monetary award of up to $750. We encourage creativity. Applicants will be judged by students on the NSRG board. We encourage you to submit an abstract for the Annual Meeting and when submitting to apply to be part of this inaugural award!


  • Be a pre-doctoral dental student in good academic standing, without an advanced degree or doctorate in any field (No persons having already obtained a PhD are eligible to apply).
  • Be a student member of AADOCR at time of submission & entry into competition.
  • Not be a current AADOCR NSRG officer or officer-elect at the time of entry into the competition (past officers are eligible to compete after their term is finished).

How To Apply

If you meet the eligibility requirement and are interested in being considered for this competition, apply for the Rapid Research 411 competition in Step 3: Properties when completing your abstract submission. Competitors must select if their research falls into Basic Science or Clinical/Public Health. 


After abstract submission deadline, submissions are reviewed by the NSRG awards committee on a number of criteria, including student’s involvement in the research, ingenuity and contribution to science. A maximum of seven (7) finalists will be selected for each of the two categories for a total of fourteen (14). The fourteen finalists will be notified of their selection in writing.

The fourteen finalists will compete virtually at the AADOCR/CADR Annual Meeting & Exhibition in an open session. Competitors will present a one slide PowerPoint presentation to student and faculty judges under a four-minute time constraint.  Following the presentation, the judges will ask one question of the presenter. The finalists will also present posters virtually during the general poster session of the Annual Meeting & Exhibition.


The first-, second- and third-prize winners will be announced as part of the AADOCR NSRG Student Meeting & Awards Ceremony.  The award will consist of a ribbon and a monetary award of:

  • $750 first place winners (Basic Science and Clinical/Public Health)
  • $500 second place winners (Basic Science and Clinical/Public Health)
  • $250 third place winners (Basic Science and Clinical/Public Health)

For questions regarding the abstract and application process, please contact AADOCR at

Prior Winners of the 411 Rapid Research Award