ADA Foundation, Chicago, in cooperation with the Academy of Operative Dentistry, is now accepting applications for the 2015 Dr Ray Bowen Student Research Award. The application deadline is December 5, 2014.

The biennial award is open to dental students at all levels who wish to undertake research relevant to contemporary operative dentistry and it provides $6,000 to the awardee to perform the proposed research and an additional $1,000 to help meet their obligation to present a table clinic based on the research proposal at the Academy of Operative Dentistry’s scientific session.

The student must have a research mentor who is a member of the Academy of Operative Dentistry at his/her institution to provide guidance and act as a co-investigator.

“This is an important award for the ADA Foundation,” said David Whiston, DDS, president of the ADA Foundation. “One of the most significant ways in which we contribute to the good of the profession, and ultimately to better patient care, is to identify and nurture future generations of researchers.”

Bowen is a former director of the ADA Foundation’s Paffenbarger Research Center, renamed the Dr Anthony Volpe Research Center in 2013, and he is presently active as distinguished scientist at the VRC.

The Dr Ray Bowen Award application can be downloaded from the ADA Foundation’s website.