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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 $2,000 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 2014 Finley Visiting Scholar Education Grants have been awarded to:

  • University of Oregon
  • Georgia Regents University
  • Harvard University
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Illinois

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 2014 Fellowships to the Institute for Teaching and Learning in the Health Professions were awarded to:

Dr. Yumi Ogata, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

  • Dr. Trever L. Siu, Midwestern University
  • Dr. Sridhar V K Eswaran, University of Texas at Houston Health Science Center
  • Dr. Satish Kumar, University of Southern California
  • Dr. Roger M. Arce-Munoz, Georgia Regents University College of Dental Medicine
  • Dr. Pinar Emecen Huja, University of Kentucky College of Dentistry
  • Dr. Nima Mirmadjlessi, New York University College of Dentistry
  • Dr. Harjit Singh Sehgal, Oregon Health and Science University School of Dentistry
  • Dr. Reginaldo Goncalves, Laval University
  • Dr. Brandon Coleman, US Army Advanced Education Program

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 2014 Tarrson Fellowship has been awarded to Patricia A. Miguez, University of Pennsylvania.

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 2014 Kramer Scholar is Lillie Pitman, University of Kentucky.

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 2014 Cohen Teaching Award recipient is Georgios Kotsakis, University of Minnesota.

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 2014 AAP Teaching Fellowship recipients are Dr. Julio A. Carrion, SUNY Stony Brook and Dr. Zhao Lin, Virginia Commonwealth University.

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 2014 AAP Educator Scholarships were awarded to Georgios Kotsakis, University of Minnesota and Srinivas Myneni, University of Buffalo.

Dr. James T. Mellonig Regeneration Research Award

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Application Deadline: May 1


The $10,000 Dr. James T. Mellonig Regeneration Research Award Award recognizes excellence in original research by a resident or recent graduate in the specialty of periodontics that advances clinical therapies in periodontal regeneration. Applicants must have completed original research in the field of periodontal regeneration, and have produced a manuscript that has been accepted for publication, if not already published. This award was created with a generous contribution by Dr. Jo Rummelhart, in honor of her mentor Dr. James T. Mellonig. Dr. Mellonig served in the US Navy for 20 years, directed the Navy's Advanced Educational Program in Periodontics and is professor emeritus of dentistry and former director of the Advanced Education Program in Periodontics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

The first Dr. James T. Mellonig Regeneration Research Award will be presented in 2015.

Richard J. Lazzara Fellowship in Advanced Implant Surgery

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Application Deadline: December 1
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 2014 Richard J. Lazzara Fellowship was awarded to Tapan Koticha, University of Michigan and University of Oklahoma.

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 and Nevins BioHorizons 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.

New for 2015: Through a generous gift from BioHorizons, a second Fellowship will be awarded. The new Nevins BioHorizons Teaching and Clinical Research Fellowship will be awarded in 2015; all of the application criteria will remain the same.

Recipient History The 2014 Nevins Teaching and Clinical Research fellow is Hanae Saito, University of Maryland.

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 2014 Sunstar-AAP Foundation Research Fellow is Yong Hee Patricia Chun, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

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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Past Award Winners Update

Mia Geisinger

Congratulations to Mia Geisinger, DDS, 2009 AAP Teaching Fellow, who was recently named Associate Professor and Predoctoral Program Director at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry. Dr. Geisinger was also recently elected Secretary-Treasurer of the AAP Foundation.