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AAP FOUNDATION EDUCATIONAL AWARDS

AAP Foundation oversees a number of annual scholarships and fellowships in the field of periodontics.

Charles W. Finley Visiting Scholar Education Grants

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Application Deadline: February 20
The American Academy of Periodontology Foundation established Finley Visiting Scholar Education Grants to honor the memory of Dr. Charles W. Finley and all of the great periodontal leaders of the past, present, and future. Grants of $1,500 are awarded to accredited U.S. periodontal programs to offset honoraria, travel, promotion, and seminars by speakers in periodontology. The grants must be matched by funds from each department or institution. Though the speakers spend the majority of their time with the periodontics department students and faculty, the grant requires that the speaker present a formal program to the entire dental school on a subject of interest.

Recipient History A 2013 Finley Visiting Scholar Education Grant has been awarded to the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, Department of Periodontics.

AAP Foundation Fellowship to the Institute for Teaching & Learning in the Health Professions

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Application Deadline: April 30
AAP Foundation Fellowships are available to the American Dental Education Association (ADEA)/Academy for Academic Leadership (AAL) Institute for Teaching and Learning in the Health Professions. Each $4,950 Fellowship will cover the full tuition for the Institute's Program for Dental School Faculty.

Recipient History 2013 Fellowships to the Institute for Teaching and Learning in the Health Professions were awarded to:

  • Diana Bronstein, Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine
  • Julio A. Carrion, Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine
  • Yong Hur, Tufts University School Of Dental Medicine
  • Darnell Kaigler, Jr., University of Michigan School of Dentistry
  • Ronald J. Lehane, New York University College of Dentistry
  • Thiago Morelli, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry
  • Hector Rios, University of Michigan School of Dentistry
  • Daniel E. Shin, Indiana University School of Dentistry
  • Saynur Vardar-Sengul, Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine
  • Jennifer Marie Zavoral, University of Pittsburgh

Bud and Linda Tarrson Fellowship

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Application Deadline: May 1
The recipient of the Bud and Linda Tarrson Fellowship receives a $36,000 award ($12,000 per year for up to three years). Candidates must be either a full-time faculty member at the instructor or assistant level or a part-time faculty member at a U.S. training institution and must be nominated by their periodontal program director.

Recipient History The 2013 Tarrson Fellowship has been awarded to Flavia Q. Pirih, Univeristy of California at Los Angeles.

Dr. and Mrs. Gerald M. Kramer Scholar Award for Excellence

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Application Deadline: May 15
The recipient of the Kramer Scholar Award for Excellence receives $10,000. Applicants for the Kramer Award must be third-year full-time periodontal students at accredited U.S. periodontal programs and nominated by their periodontal program director.

Recipient History The 2013 Kramer Scholar is Darron Alvord, Georgia Regents University.

Dr. D. Walter Cohen Teaching Award

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Application Deadline: June 1
The $10,000 Cohen Award is intended to assist third-year periodontal residents in launching their careers as educators. The award is not to be used to replace support that would have normally been provided by the recipient's institution. Award candidates must intend to pursue a career in full-time periodontal teaching and research in the United States.

Recipient History The 2013 Cohen Teaching Award recipient is Jonathon Do, Univeristy of California at Los Angeles.

AAP Teaching Fellowships

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Application Deadline: June 1
The $50,000 AAP Teaching Fellowship is intended to support the young periodontal educator's commitment to a career in academia by providing debt relief to a qualified applicant. The fellowships are given to qualified faculty members within their first three years of teaching at a U.S. periodontal training institution.

Recipient History The 2013 AAP Teaching Fellowship recipients are Sivaraman Prakasam, Indiana University, and Thiago Morelli, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

AAP Educator Scholarships

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Application Deadline: June 1
The $25,000 AAP Educator Scholarship provides financial relief to a student intending to pursue a career as a full-time teacher at a U.S. periodontal program upon graduation from a U.S. periodontal postdoctoral training program. The scholarship is intended to provide help with tuition and living expenses during the training period and may also be used for debt reduction. The Educator Scholar must commit to spending one year as a full-time periodontal educator at a U.S. program for each year he/she receives the award.

Recipient History The 2013 AAP Educator Scholarships were awarded to Satish Kumar, University of Southern California, and Shaoping Zhang, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry.

Richard J. Lazzara Fellowship in Advanced Implant Surgery

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Application Deadline: December 15, 2013
The $50,000 Lazzara Fellowship is intended to provide educational and clinical experiences that reflect the most current techniques in implant dentistry by providing a stipend for the Fellow as well as funds to offset the hosting institution's overhead and administrative costs. Application for the 12-month Fellowship is made jointly by a third year student in an accredited U.S. periodontal post-doctoral training program and by the student's program director.

Recipient History The 2013 Richard J. Lazzara Fellowship was awarded to Michael J. Fetner, University of Florida.

The Volpe Basic Science Research Fellowship

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Application Deadline: May 1
The Volpe Basic Science Research Fellowship is intended to provide personal funding and support to those individuals who may be facing educational debt while striving to establish themselves in an academic role. The award is created by donation from the Colgate-Palmolive Company, in honor of Dr. Anthony Volpe. Dr. Volpe has been with Colgate for over 52 years, and has been a driving force within dentistry since his graduation in 1960.

The 2013 Volpe Basic Science Research Fellow is Manoj Muthukuru, University of Washington.

Nevins Teaching and Clinical Research Fellowship

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Application Deadline: June 1
The $20,000 Nevins Teaching and Clinical Research Fellowship was created to address the retention of top periodontal clinical researchers and educators early in their careers. This Fellowship is intended to provide personal funding and support to those individuals who may be facing educational debt while striving to establish themselves in an academic role. The award was created by generous donors in honor of Myron Nevins, DDS, a leader in periodontal clinical research. Full-time periodontal educators who have been teaching at least one, and not more than five, full-time academic years at U.S. programs are eligible to apply.

Recipient History The 2013 Nevins Teaching and Clinical Research fellow is Hsun-Liang Chan, University of Michigan.

Sunstar-AAP Foundation Research Fellowship

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Application Deadline: June 1
The $50,000 Sunstar-AAP Foundation Research Fellowship is intended to support specific periodontal research. The award is underwritten by Sunstar. Applicants must be board-certified AAP members who are full-time educators engaged in periodontal research at U.S. programs.

Recipient History The 2013 Sunstar-AAP Foundation Research Fellow is Satheesh Elangovan, Univeristy of Iowa.

E. Bud Tarrson Research award in Oral Plastic Surgery

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No Application Required
The Tarrson Research Award was created to support and encourage periodontal research in oral plastic surgery. This is a $1,000 award for the best paper on clinical oral plastic surgery published in a peer-reviewed journal. At least one of the paper's researchers must be a periodontist or a periodontal postgraduate student.

For More Information

If you have additional questions regarding any AAP Foundation Awards, please contact:

Robert Vitas
Executive Director
American Academy of Periodontology Foundation
737 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 800-282-4867, ext. 3256 or 312-573-3256
Private fax: 312-787-3983
Email: bob@perio.org

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