Student Award

Academy of Operative Dentistry Student Award

The Academy sponsors an award each year to the student in each U.S. and Canadian dental school who has been voted as having provided the most outstanding restorative care to his or her patients. There are some institutions in Europe and one in Australia that also present the award. The specific method by which the faculty determines the award is left to the discretion of the faculty of the specific institution in which the student is enrolled.

The award consists of a certificate and a year’s subscription to the journal “Operative Dentistry”. The award is usually presented at each school’s annual awards ceremony in late spring.

Please contact Tina Cody ( for more information.

The Ralph Phillips Student Research Award_Applications & Guidelines

Dental students who wish to undertake novel research relevant to contemporary operative dentistry are invited to apply for a Ralph Phillips Student Research Award, sponsored by the Founders’ Fund of the Academy of Operative Dentistry (AOD).

 -   ELIGIBILITY.  Application is open to the following levels of dental students: Pre-doctoral and Master's programs.

 -   SELECTION CRITERIA.  Research proposals may vary considerably in scientific scope and duration, reflecting the different academic programs and level of the student-applicants. The merits of a proposal will be assessed in relation to the level of the student-applicant. Selection of the most meritorious project will be made by the AOD Research Committee.

 -   MENTOR. A research mentor, who is a member of the AOD, should be named and serve as a co-signatory to the application. The student’s mentor is asked to provide an assessment of the student’s general standing, attitude and potential aspirations for teaching activities.

 -   RESEARCH PROTOCOL.  The research protocol should outline the background, aims and hypothesis of the proposed project, the methodology and data analysis to be employed, and the anticipated outcome on the clinical practice of operative dentistry.

 -   BUDGET.  The costs for the proposed research should be realistic and may not exceed $3,000. The budget does not allow for indirect costs. Awardee will be contacted to provide details for payment of the award.

 -   SELECTION & AWARD NOTIFICATION. The research committee will make final decision by the Annual AOD meeting.

 -   PRESENTATION.  The recipient of the award will be required to present a table clinic reporting the findings of the research supported by the Award. Within a period of maximum two years after receiving the award the research should be presented at the Table Clinic session during the annual meeting of the Academy with mention of the support by the Academy’s Fellowship. Additional financial support for Table Clinic presentation and AOD-meeting expenses will be provided upon request (up to $1000).



Applications for the award must be submitted electronically to the chair of the Research Committee of the Academy of Operative Dentistry, Dr. Taiseer Sulaiman (, no later than January 26, 2024  with subject line “AOD–PHILLIPS APPLICATION FROM [NAME]”.

The application packet should consist of the following documents (font Arial, 11point font, 1.5 line spacing), combined into ONE PDF file. Applications not strictly following the requested format will be returned without consideration.


General Information form

Cover letter (applicant)

Support letter (research mentor and/or co-mentor). Mentor or co-mentor must be an AOD member.

Research protocol narrative [max 3 pages, including abstract (max 250 words), sentence of clinical relevance (max 3 lines), Background & Rationale, Specific aims & Hypothesis, Work plan (Methods) and Statistical analysis]

Cited references (max 1 page)

Budget and budget justification (max 1 page, budget may not exceed $3,000. No Indirect Costs allowed.)

Applicant’s CV (max 2 page)