The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) National Student Research Group (NSRG) along with the AADR's Government Affairs Committee (GAC) would like to recognize a student for outstanding contributions in advocacy for oral health research with the 2021 Student Advocate of the Year Award. 

The winner of the award will receive travel and a one-night hotel accommodation to continue building on his/her advocacy efforts by participating in the annual AADR and Friends of National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (FNIDCR Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill program.

To apply, complete the application form and brief essay questions.

The 2020 Student Advocate of the Year has been selected. Information regarding the 2021 Student Advocate of the Year Award will be posted in December.


Students may nominate themselves or be nominated by another AADR member. The nominee must be a member of the AADR NSRG. (The current Gert Quigley Fellow and NSRG officers are is not eligible for this award.)

Applicants should have participated in AADR advocacy by completing at least two of the following activities within the last calendar year:

  • Responded to an AADR advocacy action alert;
  • Either met in person or contacted (via email, letter or phone) a member of Congress;
  • Participated in an AADR Advocacy Day;
  • Demonstrated an interest to improve and enhance AADR student advocacy.
  • Personal Information

  • Essay Question

  • In the space below please include a brief one-page essay explaining: (1) how you meet the criteria; (2) why you believe it is important to engage in advocacy on behalf of dental and craniofacial research; and (3) your role in advancing AADR’s federal policy agenda.

    *The essay question may be copied and pasted in plain text from a Word document.