This competition is run entirely by the AADR National Student Research Group. First-, second-, and third-place winners are selected in two categories: Basic Science and Clinical Science. Open to undergraduate dental students of good academic standing, without an advanced degree or doctorate in any field.

Basic Science Category


1st Place

Xue Yuan

Stanford University

Linage Tracing Identifies a Wnt-responsive Precursor Cell Population That Contributes to the Dentin, Pulp, and Cementum


2st Place

Richard H. Clough Jr.

Columbia University College of Dental Medicine

Engineering Periodontal Tissues By Growth Factor-releasing 3D-printed Scaffolds And Stem/Progenitor Cells


3rd Place

Shawn Gutman

Columbia University College of Dental Medicine

Role of GAGs in Viscoelastic Properties of Human Temporomandibular Joint Disc

Clinical Science Category


1st Place

Adam M. Swan

The Ohio State University College of Dentistry

Effects of BMSC Transplantation on Mandibular Symphyseal Surface Growth


2nd Place

Changyu Gary Chang

University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine

Investigation of Del-1 as a Risk Assessment Biomarker for Periodontitis


3rd Place

Scott Lowry

The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University

Effect of Periodontal Treatment on Microbiological Parameters in Hyperglycemic Subjects