The American Dental Association (ADA) is accepting applications for the 2015 Robert H. Ahlstrom New Investigator Award, created to encourage interest in dental informatics standards among dental students, new dentists, and dentists pursuing postdoctoral studies. Applications are due February 1, 2015, and a winner will be selected in May 2015.

The winner will receive airfare and accommodations to present the project in November 2015 at the ADA Standards Committee on Dental Informatics (SCDI) annual meeting in Washington, DC.

The goal of the SCDI is to help dentists streamline and empower their practices by using information technology. The committee develops standards for choosing the hardware, software, and digital imaging solutions to create a fully computerized practice.

Ahlstrom was chairman of the ADA SCDI from 1999 to 2006, leading the achievement of results such as specific criteria for the exchange of clinical dental data used in patient treatment throughout the health care system.

Visit to apply for the award and for more information about the ADA Standards Programs.