Deadline: October 18, 2021

The American Association for Dental, Oral & Craniofacial Research (AADOCR) is entitled to send qualified individuals to compete in the IADR Hatton Competition and Awards. These individuals will be selected on the basis of an oral presentation competition to be held at the AADOCR Annual Meeting & Exhibition.

The competition is designed for junior investigators (junior, senior and post-doctoral) who exhibit potential for a productive career in dental research. Mentors are strongly urged to support and select a project for the competition that is original, well-planned, and carefully executed. Mentors are also urged to ensure that the correct Category for Competition is selected.



  • Entrants must be U.S. citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States (or who have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of submission of the abstract—those with a "green card") or persons of other nationalities whose research is performed in the United States.
  • Candidates MUST be AADOCR members.
  • The research may not have been published (even as an abstract) or presented at any national or international meeting (excluding state, regional, or institutional meetings) prior to submission.
  • In addition, persons participating in the competition cannot have won previously in the same category.

There are three categories of eligibility:

Junior: This competition will be limited to those candidates who have carried out their research as part of undergraduate/professional training (research undertaken as an undergraduate science student, as a dental student, or by a dental student having no more than two years of Ph.D. training while pursuing an intercalated science degree). Individuals with a formal research degree (Master’s and/or Ph.D.) are not eligible for this category.

Senior: Entrants for this category would have carried out research as part of a higher degree, including a Masters, Ph.D., or M.D. with previous laboratory experience, or as part of specialty training. Dental students pursuing an intercalated science degree who have had more than two years of Ph.D. training should apply in the senior category. Post-D.D.S. or Post-D.M.D. students without a Ph.D. should also apply for this category.

Post-doctoral: Entrants for this category would be candidates whose research was performed within three (3) years of their earning the award of Ph.D.




  1. Submit an abstract for the AADOCR Annual Meeting via the normal online process by the abstract deadline date. On the abstract form, the entrant must be listed first, as primary author and presenter of the abstract entered for the competition. Co-authors, if any, should also be listed on both the abstract and the poster.
  2. In the awards section of the online abstract submission process select AADOCR Hatton Competition. You will be prompted to answer eligibility requirement questions.



  • The AADOCR Edward H. Hatton Awards Committee will select the best 27 abstracts via a blind review of those who applied for the Competition and notify these individuals. All other abstracts will be subject to the AADOCR’s normal review process and, if accepted, will be placed in the appropriate session for the annual meeting.
  • The 27 competitors selected will submit an extended abstract —up to but not exceeding the 6 page limit which will be reviewed by the AADOCR Edward H. Hatton Awards Committee and which will be judged as part of the competition. This is intended to provide greater depth and perspective for the study than may be possible in an abstract. The extended abstracts are to be submitted online and instructions will be given.
  • The extended abstract should be organized under the following headings: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, References, and Figures/Tables (if necessary). References should be listed alphabetically. References and their citations should follow the style of the Journal of Dental Research.
  • Please note that references, footnotes, and diagrams are included in the 6 page limit. Failure to meet this requirement will result in the return of the extended abstract to the competitor for revision.



Candidates will present their research in a virtual oral presentation format for the Competition, but will also present a poster  for the Annual Meeting. Instructions will be given to the 27 finalists once that selection has been made.

Judging Criteria:

The AADOCR Hatton Awards Committee will judge the entries as follows:

20% for extended abstract;
40% on verbal presentation (up to 10 minutes);
40% for question-and-answer period (not to exceed 5 minutes).

The AADOCR will select the six most outstanding presentations (2 in each category). The six AADOCR Hatton winners will be announced at the Opening Ceremonies of the AADR Annual Meeting & Exhibition. These winners will compete in the IADR Hatton Competition and Awards at the IADR/APR General Session & Exhibit in Chengdu, China.



In addition, the six winners will receive monetary prizes and plaques in each category:
(3) $1000 first place winners (one in each category)
(3) $500 second place winners (one in each category)

Specific details regarding the oral and poster presentations will be provided prior to the meeting.


Anthony Jones
Awards, Fellowships and Grants Coordinator