The Patty and Paul Levi Research Award

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Levi Award Application
Recipient History


A $5,000 one-time award to a predoctoral student.


Eligibility is restricted to predoctoral students being mentored by a periodontal faculty member in a dental school where there is a postdoctoral periodontal program. Immediate family members of the AAP Foundation Board of Directors, officers, and selection committee members are not eligible to apply for the fellowship. Please note that the research project attached to this award’s application must be completed by a predoctoral student or students with the periodontal faculty mentor as principal investigator.


Candidates may apply by June 1st through the link below.

Application for the Patty & Paul Levi Research Award


  • Current CV for both the predoctoral student and the faculty member
  • A 750-word maximum personal statement by the predoctoral student addressing their experience, research interests, and why they are interested in periodontics
  • A 7-10 page research project proposal


The applications will be reviewed by a selection committee appointed by the AAP Foundation President. Applicants will receive news about their application status within a month of their deadline.


The Patty & Paul Levi Research Award provides an annual $5,000 award to a predoctoral student or students doing research related to preventative periodontology and being mentored by a periodontal faculty member.

The research project must be completed by a predoctoral student or students with the periodontal faculty mentor as principal investigator. A postdoctoral periodontal resident may be part of the team.

The research should be associated with prevention of periodontal or peri-implant diseases. Prevention can be defined broadly to include epidemiologic studies, studies involving teaching non-surgical periodontology to undergraduate students especially in the first year of their dental school training, non-surgical periodontal therapy, or providing information about periodontal diseases to the public especially to students.

Levi Research Awardees are expected to submit their research to the American Academy of Periodontology requesting inclusion in the AAP Annual Meeting Program. Support the Patty and Paul Levi Research Award here.


Patty Levi has supported Paul for nearly fifty years in his endeavor to teach and practice periodontology. After they were married Paul entered the post-doctoral periodontal program Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM). They moved to Burlington, Vermont where Paul taught at the University of Vermont Dental Hygiene School for 27 years. Paul then began teaching at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and he and Patty would drive to Boston for two days. After nine years of teaching at Harvard, Paul accepted a half-time position at TUSDM, while still teaching several days a year at Harvard. They are very honored to have this named award and feel strongly that it will enhance the knowledge of preventive dentistry and periodontology to students and to the public.

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

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Past Award Winners Update

Congratulations to Gustavo Avila-Ortiz, DDS, MS, PhD, 2011 Teaching Fellow and 2009 AAPF Fellow to the ADEA/AAL Institute for Teaching and Learning in the Health Professions, who recently was appointed Department Chair (DEO) and promoted to Professor at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, Department of Periodontics.