Student Competition for Advancing Dental Research Application (SCADA)

Dentsply Sirona and the American Association for Dental, Oral & Craniofacial Research (AADOCR) have joined forces to co-sponsor the Student Competition for Advancing Dental Research and its Application (SCADA), formerly known as the Student Clinicians of the American Dental Association.

Award Prize

First Place: $1000, Second Place: $750, Third Place: $500

Key Dates

Applications Open:

Jul 11, 2022

Applications Closed:

Oct 19, 2022

  • Student must be pre-doctoral student at the time of the AADOCR Annual Meeting.
  • Student must be a current member of the AADOCR.


The SCADA program advances our collective commitment to empower the next generation of dental leaders. By showcasing students’ research, and recognizing their passion for discovery and innovation, we will fuel the future of dental care.

Every U.S. Dental School has been invited to select a student to participate in the 2022 SCADA event. The competition will take place at the AADOCR/CADR Annual Meeting & Exhibition.

U.S. Dental Students: An invitation to participate in the program has been sent to each CODA accredited U.S. dental school. The school must confirm its participation by completing an electronic form, and agreeing to work with the student participant and ensure compliance with the programs rules and regulations. A Dentsply Sirona representative will contact the identified Faculty Advisor to finalize details and assist the student in fulfilling the requirements of the program.


First Place – $1000

Second Place – $750

Third Place – $500

2023 Award Recipients

Clinical Research and Public Health Category

Clinical Research and Public Health Category – Third Place

Mackenzie Andrews
Does Mouthguard Lamination Technique affect Hockey and Baseball Impact Force?

Midwestern University, Glendale, AZ 

Mackenzie Andrews SCADA
​​​​​​​Clinical Research and Public Health Category – Second Place

Julia Kishanie Persaud
The Impact of Electronic Cigarette Use on the Salivary Microbiome in Periodontitis Patients

New York University, NY

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Clinical Research and Public Health Category – First Place

Jay Dalal
The Effectiveness of Current Desensitizing Agents at Hypersensitivity Prevention

University of Connecticut, Farmington

Jay Dalal
Basic and Translational Science Category – Third Place

Darnell Cuylear

Calcium Phosphate Microparticles for Dual Anti-resorptive Drug Delivery and Osteogenesis

University of California, San Francisco

Darnell Cuylear SCADA
Basic and Translational Science Category – Second Place

W. Benton Swanson
Scaffold-based Approach to Regenerating the Cranial Suture Stem Cell Niche

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

W. Benton Swanson SCADA
Basic and Translational Science Category – First Place

Natalie Andras

Gene-Editing Provides Functional Evidence for the Ectomesenchymal Origin of Cementoblasts

The Ohio State University, Columbus

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Beatrice Nguyen

Awards, Fellowships and Grants Coordinator

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