A Student’s Guide
  to the Preparation of
    Research Poster
“Obsolescence is a fate
 devoutly to be wished,
 lest science stagnate
 and die.”
   Stephen Jay Gould, Wonderful Life


Introduction .................................................................2

Why You Should Present a Research Poster ................3

How to Get Started .....................................................5

Presenting an Award Winning
Poster Presentation ......................................................6

ADA/DENTSPLY Student Clinician
Research Program Requirements .................................9

ADA/DENTSPLY Student Clinician
Research Program Regulations ...................................13

ADA/DENTSPLY Student Clinician
Research Program Judges’ Rating Form
(Sample) ....................................................................17

About our Association ...............................................18


             he scientific program of the Annual Session of
             the American Dental Association is an integral
             part of the continuing education of the profes-
             sion. One of the increasingly important and
    interesting parts of this scientific session is the Student
    Clinician Research Program presented by student clinician
    research scientists. Each accredited dental school selects
    one outstanding undergraduate student to represent the
    school at the Annual Session. Each student selected
    receives an expense paid trip to the Annual Session city.
    All programs are financed by DENTSPLY International.

    It is our belief that the Student Clinician Research
    Program offers substantial benefits, not only to your
    school, but to you and to the profession as a whole. We
    urge you to accept the challenge of presenting a research
    poster at your school. Whether or not you ultimately
    present your research at the national level, you benefit
    your immediate dental community and, most importantly,

    Progress in your chosen profession is made only in pro-
    portion to the interest and contributions made by each
    individual member. The Student Clinician Research
    Program serves to stimulate ideas, improve communica-
    tion and, most of all, to generate new knowledge for the
    advancement of the dental profession.

              Why You Should
              Present a Research Poster
              The knowledge you gain           the American Dental Association, many
              from conducting research         new and interesting doors may be
              and the thinking you do          opened to you. First, of course, you
on behalf of your chosen profession are        will receive an expense paid trip to the
the greatest rewards from participating        annual meeting. You may have the
in research. You will also become more         opportunity to publish your findings,
involved with faculty and colleagues as        present your poster at other meetings,
you communicate your ideas.                    receive offers to join certain professional
                                               societies, and apply for interesting
Certainly, the accomplishment of               internship or research positions. You
producing a winning research presenta-         will also be offered an opportunity
tion at your own school cannot be              only extended to less than 100 North
denied. It brings recognition of your          American undergraduate dental
contribution to the advancement of             students each year, the honor of
the profession.                                becoming a member of SCADA, the
                                               International Association of Student
If you should be chosen to represent           Clinicians - American Dental
your school at the Annual Session of           Association.

Winners of the ADA/DENTSPLY Student Clinician Research Program in San Francisco, CA
include: L to R, Abby J. T. Shannon, Matthew John Olmsted, Rosalyn Sulyanto, Chi Tonglien
Viet, Pieter H. Heemstra and Rishi Popat.

    This association (SCADA), founded in         Australian Dental Association, the
    1959, is comprised solely of former stu-     Federal Association of German Dentists
    dent clinicians who have represented         and the German Scientific Dental
    their respective dental schools at the       Society, and the Scandinavian Dental
    Annual Session of the American,              Association and all other dental associa-
    Australian, Austrian, Brazilian, British,    tions with which DENTSPLY
    Canadian, Chinese, Danish, Estonian,         International co-sponsors Student
    Finnish, French, German, Hong Kong,          Clinician Research Programs in 1995 or
    Icelandic, Indian, Indonesian, Irish,        subsequently; to encourage participation
    Japanese, Latvian, Lithuanian,               by the membership in the scientific ses-
    Malaysian, Myanmar, Netherlands, New         sions of organized, ethical dentistry at
    Zealand, Norwegian, Philippine,              all levels of national, province, state and
    Singapore, South African, South              local component activities.”
    Korean, Swedish, Swiss, Taiwanese,
    Thai, Turkish, or Vietnamese Dental            This is the challenge we extend to
    Associations. It is a unique association
    in this respect. As stated in our              you — to make that extra effort to
    Constitution and Bylaws: “The object           contribute to your profession. Get
    of this Association shall be to stimulate      involved in conducting research,
    and promote participation by its mem-
                                                   and then present your findings.
    bers in the activities of organized ethi-
    cal dentistry; to advance the art and sci-     Talk to your faculty and start with
    ence of dentistry by encouraging partic-       your school’s research program.
    ipation of undergraduate dental stu-           Get involved with the generation
    dents in school research programs and
    the annual scientific sessions conducted       of new knowledge. It may change
    by the American Dental Association,            your life.
    the British Dental Association, the

                                                                First Place honors in Clinical
                                                                Research/Public Health went
                                                                to Abby J. T. Shannon for her
                                                                presentation entitled “In-Vitro
                                                                Marginal Gap Comparison
                                                                of CAD/CAM Zirconium
                                                                Copings.” Abby represented
                                                                the University of Iowa at the
                                                                148th Annual Session of the
                                                                American Dental Association
                                                                in San Francisco, CA.

              How to Get Started

               Are you interested in the    • “Pellicle-mediated bacterial attachment:
               potential that molecular       Implications for preventive dentistry?”
               biology offers dentistry?    • “Rate of protein withdrawal and
Do you find yourself asking questions         mineralization in foetal bovine incisors”
about clinical topics? Based on your        • “Clinical management of mucosal
own interests, the first decision to be       inflammation in prosthodontics”
made is what type of research interests     • “The effects of monocytes on lymphocyte
you. Your Faculty Advisor can assist          blastogenesis”
you in choosing a research topic. After     • “Tooth bleaching technique”
you have chosen the topic, narrow the       • “The use of spirochetes in monitoring
field and decide on a specific question.      periodontal disease”
This may be selected in many ways.
Some examples are:                          One of the key factors in conducting
• Identify questions that have arisen       student research is budgeting your time.
  during your classes.                      You will need to divide your time
• Investigate problems which your text-     among the following areas:
  books leave unanswered.                   • Reviewing the literature on your topic.
• Ask instructors in the areas of your      • Developing a hypothesis for your
  interest about projects or questions        research problem.
  which they may have. Usually they         • Preparing the research protocol or
  can be of great help.                       study design.
• Do not overlook your classmates.          • Collecting the data, analyzing and
  They may have ideas which you may           interpreting it.
  be able to develop.                       • Preparing the data for the
Here are some examples of topics
from students who have won the              Most poster presentations at national
ADA/DENTSPLY Student Clinician              research meetings are only 7-10 minutes.
Research Program.                           Therefore, when you prepare your
• “Direct bonded lingual rests on           poster, identify the key elements of
  mandibular anterior teeth for removable   your research that you wish to commu-
  partial dentures”                         nicate. A common problem in many
• “Fracture of repeatedly fired porcelain   presentations is attempting to cover too
  on noble and base alloys”                 much material. Concentrate on the key
• “In vitro activation of neutrophils by    elements of your study and the results.
  bacterial homogenates in juvenile         Do not try to cover a large amount of
  periodontitis patients”                   subject material. You must control the
• “The hazards of dental treatment to the   material and time. Do not let the
  pacemaker patient”                        subject matter you choose control you.

                  Presenting an Award Winning
                  Poster Presentation
                   The basic difference             Presentation:
                   between an award winning         I. A Poster Presentation should include:
                   poster and one that is           • Title.
    mediocre is the thorough development
                                                    • Problem - What problem are you try-
    of four areas: validity, relevance, planning,
                                                       ing to solve? Why did it interest you?
    and presentation.
                                                       Provide some background information
    Validity: Basic to any poster presenta-            on the issue.
    tion is the soundness of the subject            • Hypothesis -What is the hypothesis to
    matter you are presenting. If the                  be tested?
    premise is logical and the techniques           • Methods - Describe how the study
    and methods are valid, you have impor-             was conducted, including the tech-
    tant findings for an award winning                 niques used, sample size, data analysis
    poster presentation.                               methods, etc.
    Relevance: No matter how valid your             • Results - Present the findings of the
    research is, it must be relevant to the            study and their significance. Display
    profession. A clinical subject or idea             the data using tables, graphs and
    may be fairly simple and if it helps to            charts that can be easily understood.
    improve dental techniques or increase           • Conclusion - What have you learned
    basic dental knowledge, it will generate           from conducting this study?
    considerable interest.
                                                    II. The rules for the Student Clinician
    Planning: Mastering your subject mat-               Research Program include:
    ter is a critical component of preparing        • Only one (1) student may present
    a poster presentation and the complete-           each poster presentation during judging
    ness of the presentation is the secret to         hours. Other students who assisted in
    its success. If you follow the scientific         conducting the research may present
    method, you will be successful. As part           or assist during the open presentation.
    of your planning process, keep these            • Students must remain at their
    points in mind:                                   assigned poster during the entire
    • What is the purpose or objective of             judging session.
      this presentation? What do you want           • Substitution of clinicians or significant
      to teach your listener?                         changes in the title of the poster
    • Who is the audience? What is their              presentation from that listed in the
      knowledge of the subject?                       official program is not permitted.
    • How much time do you have to pres-            • No one, other than the Student
      ent your research? Is there sufficient          Clinicians and Judges, is permitted in
      time to fully present the material?             the poster presentation area during
    • Where is the presentation to be held?           the judging session.

• Poster displays must not extend more       • Use a plain lettering style and stick
  than 6 feet wide x 4 feet high and must      with a horizontal format. Lettering
  fit within the 8 feet high x 8 feet wide     that is too fancy or placed in a vertical
  size tack board that will be provided.       or diagonal format is hard to read
• The oral presentation for each               and should not be used in visual
  demonstration should be no longer            construction. See the example below.
  than 7-10 minutes in length.
• The name of the student’s school or
  the name of any other school must
  not be visible on the poster or on any
  materials during the judging session.
• Business attire is required for all
  Student Clinicians at all times.

Your poster presentation must be clear
and concise without exceeding the
limits provided in the regulations.
• Plan your presentation well in advance.
  Start with a rough pencil sketch drawn     If color is used, the following points
  to approximate scale and include           should be kept in mind:
  placement of graphics (if they are to      • Use color with discretion. It should
  be used) and placement of copy.              be used to attract attention and
• If more than one element is covered,         applied to elements of greatest
  they should be placed in relation to         significance.
  each other so that the eye moves           • Emphasize results using contrast, one
  naturally from one point to the next         color plus black offers the greatest
  as indicated below.                          contrast.
                                             • When using more than one color,
                                               reserve the darkest for the basic
                                             • Color used behind lettering should be
                                               light to ensure legibility. The smaller
                                               the lettering, the lighter the back-
                                               ground color.

                                                to visually reinforce what you are
                                                saying, and at times, emphasize certain
                                                points or clarify complex ideas.
                                                Remember: you are the scientist, and it
                                                is your physical presence that makes the
                                                research come alive and be meaningful.
                                                To delegate the main functions of
                                                communications to the graphics, makes





                                                you an impersonal voice and at best a
                                                mere narrator.

    • If the subject matter is complex,        Here are a few do’s and don’ts which
      reduce the information you wish to       will help in preparing your poster
      convey to its essential elements, limit presentations:
      the text and enlarge the letter size.
      Rearranging the information can help
      define the point you are making.          DON’T:
      Notice the greater visual clarity of the  • use more than six or seven words
      graph above as compared to the chart         per line. Three to four words is ideal.
      below.                                    • use more than six to eight lines of
                                                   copy per chart.
                                                • use more than five vertical
                                                   columns per chart.
                                                • put more information on a chart
                                                   than your audience can compre-
                                                   hend in twenty seconds.

                                                  • condense your information.
                                                  • eliminate “the’s.”
                                                  • use nouns and action words.
                                                  • use symbols and abbreviations.
    Graphics alone will not make an other-        • use white space as a natural divider.
    wise poor presentation into a winner.         • keep copy high on chart to
    But, the combination of well-planned            increase visibility. Leave a deep
    material with crisp, simple visuals can         margin on the bottom.
    be a more effective means of presenting
    your poster presentation.                 Although you are not expected to be a
                                              professional artist or photographer, a well
    Important: One of the greatest            thought-out visual presentation will help
    temptations in preparing graphics is to   convey your thoughts to the Judges.
    expect the graphics to carry the com-
    plete story in detail. A graphic is meant

             ADA/DENTSPLY Student Clinician
             Research Program Requirements
              The American Dental         • Must be a current member of the
              Association with the          American Student Dental Association
              generous sponsorship of       (ASDA).
DENTSPLY International proudly
                                          Two or more students may develop
conducts the Student Clinician
                                          the research for the poster presentation
Research Program. This program
                                          but only one (1) student from each
provides a wonderful opportunity for
                                          school is eligible to present the poster
dental students and allows one (1)
                                          for judging and only one student will
student from each accredited dental
                                          receive financial support from
school in the United States and Puerto
                                          DENTSPLY International.
Rico to receive an expense-paid trip to
participate in the American Dental
Association’s Annual Session. This        INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE/
program allows the Student Clinician      RESPONSIBILITY OF SCHOOL
an opportunity to compete for awards      An invitation to participate in the
and recognition.                          Student Clinician Research Program is
                                          sent to the Dean of each accredited
DEFINITION OF PROGRAM                     dental school. The Dean will then
The Student Clinician Research            indicate whether or not the school will
Program consists of a poster presenta-    participate by completing the form
tion in the format of the American        furnished by the Council on ADA
Association of Dental Research. It        Sessions. If the Dean decides that the
presents research or clinical findings    school will participate, he/she will then
in a poster presentation format. It       provide the name of the Faculty
includes a hypothesis, methods and        Advisor who will assist the student in
materials, results, discussion and a      properly fulfilling the requirements of
conclusion.                               the program.

ELIGIBILITY                               RESPONSIBILITY OF THE
The participating Student Clinician:      FACULTY ADVISOR
                                          It is critical that the faculty member,
• Must be selected through a student
                                          who is then appointed as the advisor,
  research or poster presentation
                                          ensures that the student’s poster
  competition at his/her school.
                                          presentation is in compliance with the
• Must be an undergraduate at the time    regulations established by the American
  of the Student Clinician Program at     Dental Association’s Council on ADA
  the ADA Annual Session.                 Sessions.

     Faculty Advisors must also ensure the         at DENTSPLY International (jpeg
     following:                                    preferred).
     • Student makes initial contact with        • If the student becomes an award
       the Office of the Council on ADA            winner, the student must be prepared
       Sessions by phone (800) 621-8099            to remain at the Annual Session for
       extension 2664 or direct at                 an extra day.
       (312) 440-2664.
     • Student completes and submits the         STUDENT CLINICIAN BENEFITS
       application, the abstract and all other   I. Registration for Annual Session
       requested information by the due          When the Council on ADA Sessions
       dates.                                    office receives the name of the student
     • Assistance is provided to the student     who will represent his/her school and
       in selecting the appropriate category     the student has contacted the Office of
       in which the student’s poster will be     the Council on ADA Sessions, the stu-
       judged. Posters deemed by the             dent will be pre-registered and sent
       Judges to be in the wrong category        their registration badges prior to the
       will be re-categorized.                   Annual Session. The Annual Session
                                                 badge will entitle the student to admis-
     Please Note: If the Faculty Advisor and     sion to all no fee-ticketed scientific ses-
     student are unable to make a decision       sions and the Exhibit Floor area.
     on which category the poster presenta-
                                                 Please Note: If the student plans to
     tion should be placed, this decision will
                                                 bring along a co-clinician, family
     be determined by our Category Judges.
                                                 member, or friend, please inform the
                                                 ADA staff prior to Annual Session so
                                                 that they will have a registration badge
                                                 for access to the Exhibit Floor which
     To be eligible for the Student Clinician    they can visit during the ADA Meeting.
     Research Program, students must
     comply with the following:
                                                 II. Hotel Reservations
     • Be a current member of the                A hotel in the convention city will be
       American Student Dental Association       designated as headquarters for the
       (ASDA).                                   Student Clinicians. The Council on
     • Complete and submit all required          ADA Sessions will make the reserva-
       forms listed on the SCADA website.        tions for all students who will be partic-
     • Submit an abstract or summary             ipating. Students are responsible for
       (250 words maximum) of the poster         their incidental expenses.
       presentation that will be presented to    Please Note: If the student plans to
       the Council on ADA Sessions.              bring along a co-clinician, family
     • Submit a color head and shoulder          member, or friend, please inform Ms.
       photograph via e-mail directly to         Tammy Roland of DENTSPLY prior to
       Tammy Roland         Annual Session. If the person attending

the session with the student is not
staying in the student’s hotel room,
Ms. Roland can assist in securing a
hotel room reservation on their behalf.
However, they will be charged for the
cost of the hotel room.

III. Expenses
The presenting student will receive the
following from DENTSPLY International:
• A stipend to cover the hotel, meal
  expenses and ground transportation.
                                          The presentation of Chi Viet entitled “Promoter
• A round-trip economy class airline
                                          Hypermethylation: Quantification in Oral
  ticket to the Annual Session.           Dysplasia and Cancer” earned her the First
                                          Place Award in the Basic Research category of
FUNCTIONS TO ATTEND                       the 2007 ADA/DENTSPLY Student Clinician
I. Orientation Seminar                    Research Program. Chi represented the
All undergraduate students participat-    University of California, San Francisco.
ing in the ADA/DENTSPLY Student
Clinician Research Program are eligible   II. DENTSPLY Awards Program
for membership in SCADA (The                  and Reception
International Association of Student      DENTSPLY hosts an Awards Program
Clinicians - American Dental              and Reception on the evening of the
Association). SCADA conducts an           competition in honor of all Student
Orientation Seminar for Student           Clinicians participating in the program.
Clinicians on the evening prior to the    The winners of the Student Clinician
judging. Members of the SCADA Board       Research Program will be announced
of Governors, SCADA members, the          during this event. Each student will
Council on ADA Sessions staff and         receive recognition as the official
officers of DENTSPLY International        representative of his/her dental school.
will be at the Orientation Seminar to     Invitations and RSVP cards are
greet Student Clinicians.                 forwarded directly to each Student
                                          Clinician, Dean and Faculty Advisor
                                          from DENTSPLY International.
All students participating in the
Student Clinician Research Program
                                          JUDGING OF POSTER
must attend the Orientation Seminar.
All regulations for the competition are
reviewed at this Orientation Seminar.     Poster presentations are judged in
Invitations and RSVP cards for the        two (2) categories:
seminar will be sent to each Student      (I) Clinical Research/Public Health
Clinician, Dean and Faculty Advisor           Sciences
directly from SCADA.                      (II) Basic Science Research

     A panel of qualified judges for each        schools use the mechanism of a student
     category evaluates the abstracts of the     research competition conducted either
     poster presentations prior to the           by the student association or the school
     competition. While it is primarily the      to select the Student Clinician. State
     responsibility of the Faculty Advisor       and local dental societies are available
     and/or the student to indicate the          to assist and advise students and faculty
     category in which the poster presenta-      in the judging of the student poster
     tion should be judged, the ultimate         presentations at a local dental school.
     decision will be made by the Judges.        SCADA will be glad to provide assistance
     Each student will be notified of the        to the schools. It is acknowledged that
     category in which their poster presenta-    each school has its separate set of rules
     tion is placed.                             or guidelines in the selection of the
                                                 student winner. However, it must be
     A copy of the Rating Form used by the understood that the student who partic-
     Judges is attached on page 17.              ipates in the ADA/DENTSPLY Student
                                                 Clinician Research Program must adhere
     CATEGORY I: Clinical Research/              to the regulations established by the
                       Public Health Sciences    Council on ADA Sessions. For assistance
     Clinical Research/Public Health             from SCADA, you can contact the
     Sciences presentations will demonstrate Office of Professional Relations, 221 West
     clinical research in various prosthodontic, Philadelphia Street, Suite 60, York, PA
     endodontic, periodontic, surgical or        17401 or call 800-877-0020 ext. 54274.
     diagnostic procedures, or it may evaluate
     clinical techniques, materials or devices
     directly related to oral health care. This
     category also includes educational
     research, epidemiology, public health
     and/or public policy research.

     CATEGORY II: Basic Science Research
     Basic Science Research presentations
     are usually hypothesis driven projects
     involving some aspect of basic sciences.
     Research in this category may address
     a technique or method involving a
     biological or physical science.
                                                 Third Place winner in the Clinical Research/
     METHOD OF SELECTION                         Public Health category at the 2007 ADA/
                                                 DENTSPLY Student Clinician Research
     The ADA does not designate a specific
                                                 Program was Matthew John Olmsted from the
     procedure for the selection of Student      University of North Carolina. His presentation
     Clinicians. The ADA delegates the           was entitled “Human Bite Force Production in
     selection of the Student Clinician to the   Amelogenesis Imperfecta Patients and Their
     participating dental school. Most dental    Family Members.”

             ADA/DENTSPLY Student Clinician
             Research Program Regulations
              I. Application Process        each poster presentation during
              • Each student must first     judging hours. Other students who
                 contact the Office of      assisted in conducting the research
  the Council on ADA Sessions by            may present or assist during the open
  phone at the American Dental              presentation.
  Association in the Council on ADA       • Students must remain at their
  Sessions office. The application          assigned poster during the entire
  process will begin with contacting this   judging session.
  office either toll-free (800) 621-8099 • Substitution of clinicians or significant
  extension 2664 or directly at             changes in the title of the poster pres-
  (312)440-2664.                            entation from that listed in the official
• After contacting this office, each        program is not permitted.
  student must submit an abstract of      • No one, other than the Student
  their poster presentation not to          Clinicians and Judges, is permitted in
  exceed 250 words in length via the        the poster presentation area during
  SCADA website.                            the judging session.
                                          • Poster displays must not extend more
II. The Poster Presentation Format          than 6 feet wide x 4 feet high and
• Title.                                    must fit within the 8 feet high x 8
• Problem – Identify reasons for investi-   feet wide size tack board that will be
  gation and provide background infor-      provided.
  mation. What problem are you trying • The oral presentation for each demon-
  to solve?                                 stration should be no longer than 7-10
• Hypothesis – What is the hypothesis       minutes in length.
  to be tested?                           • The name of the student’s school or
• Methods – Describe how the study          the name of any other school must
  was conducted, identifying techniques     not be visible on the poster or on any
  used, sample size, data analysis          materials during the judging session.
  methods, etc.                           • Business attire is required for all
• Results – Present the findings of the     Student Clinicians at all times.
  study and their significance. Display
  the data using tables, graphs and       IV. Time of Presentation
  charts that can be easily understood.   • Student Clinicians must report to the
• Conclusion – What have you learned        Student Clinician Research area in the
  from conducting this research?            exhibit hall promptly at 7:00 AM in
                                            order to set up their posters in time
III. Presentation guidelines include:       for the judging. Access to the area will
• Only one (1) student may present          begin at 6:30 AM.

     • Judging begins at 8:00 AM and runs        Handouts should not have the name of
       until 12:00 Noon on the designated        the student’s school or any other school
       day. The student must be present the      displayed. While handouts are not
       entire time, even if the Judges have      required, additional points can be
       already viewed your poster presenta-      gained from the availability of concise
       tion, as they may return and have         and well-prepared literature. It is the
       additional questions.                     student’s responsibility to arrange to
     • An open presentation takes place in       have sufficient copies of handouts avail-
       the afternoon from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM     able for distribution to the Judges and
       where poster presentations are pre-       those viewing the clinic. One hundred
       sented informally to all Annual Session   (100) should be sufficient.
       attendees who wish to view them.
     • Award winners are required to repeat    VII. Advertising
       their poster presentation on the day    No advertising material or material that
       after the competition.                  resembles a commercial promotional
                                               effort may be distributed or shown.
     V. Poster Presentations                   Drugs and products mentioned in the
     The ADA will supply the following:        presentation should generally be identi-
                                               fied by chemical formula or by generic
     • One (1) tack board sized 8 feet wide
                                               name. No trade names (brand or com-
       x 8 feet high. Poster is to be sized 6
                                               pany) may be used for identification or
       feet wide by 4 feet high.
                                               other purposes in the poster presentation
     • Velcro strips to affix poster to tack   during the judging. Only generic identi-
       board.                                  fiers are acceptable. As an example,
     • Chair/Stool.                            products might be identified as “Product
     • A sign with the Student Clinician’s     A”, “Product B”, “Product C”, etc. It is
       name and table number.                  appropriate, to identify the characteris-
     If you have any questions or require      tics of products. For example: “Product
     anything other than the items listed      A” is a glass-filled resin catalyzed by
     above, please contact the Office of the   visible light. Commercial promotion of
     Council on ADA Sessions via phone at a product or service by trade name is
     (312) 440-2664.                           absolutely prohibited. Violation of this
                                               requirement will automatically disqualify
     VI. Handout Materials                     a project from consideration in the
     Handouts are limited to a one (1) page competitive portion of the poster pres-
     synopsis of the poster presentation. If   entation. It is permissible to use trade
     the student plans to provide a handout names (brand or company) for identifi-
     for their presentation, he/she should     cation purposes only during the open
     forward a copy of it to the Office of the presentation portion of the poster
     Council on ADA Sessions at least sixty presentations (non-judging portion).
     (60) days prior to the Annual Session in
     order to be reviewed and approved by      VIII. Assistance Received
     the Judges prior to Annual Session.       Each student must acknowledge the

amount of assistance received in preparing    the Journal of the American Dental
the poster presentation during the            Association. Any information received
application process. The Judges recog-        after their deadline, cannot be included
nize that the research process requires       in the Official Program Book.
a team approach. The student should
identify his/her role on the research team.
                                          All awards are provided by DENTSPLY
ANY VIOLATION OF THE ABOVE                International. The announcement of the
REGULATIONS WILL AUTOMATI-                winning students will be made at the
POSTER WILL NOT BE JUDGED.                Three (3) winners will be selected from
                                          each catetgory, totaling six (6) winners.
                                          First Place award winner will receive a
The following suggestions are designed cash award of $750 and a travel prize to
to assist students in the preparation and attend the Chicago Dental Society’s
presentation of their research poster.    Midwinter Meeting where they will
• Judges are looking for scientific/      present their award winning poster
  clinical substance.                     presentations as part of the Chicago
• A complete presentation of the poster Dental Society’s Scientific Program.
  should be no longer than 7 to 10
                                          Second Place award winner will receive
• The Student Clinician should be pre-
  pared to answer questions regarding     Third Place award winner will receive
  the research presentation from the      $500.
  Judges and then from those persons          All participants receive a certificate of
  viewing the open presentation. If the       appreciation for their contribution to
  Student Clinician is unable to answer       the scientific session.
  a particular question, they should say
  so immediately.                         SHIPPING INSTRUCTIONS
• Have fun and enjoy the experience of    Information concerning the shipment of
  sharing your research efforts with      materials to the Annual Session may be
  your dental colleagues!                 obtained upon request from the Council
                                          on ADA Sessions. It is advised to per-
IMPORTANT DATES                           sonally carry your poster presentation
The name of the Student Clinician and within a durable poster tube suitable for
the title of the presentation must be     travel to minimize the possibility of
submitted to the ADA’s Council on         being either damaged or lost in transit.
ADA Sessions’ office by the requested     The ADA and DENTSPLY International
deadline to facilitate inclusion in the   will not assume any responsibility or
preliminary program. The preliminary      expense for the shipment of materials to
program is published in the July issue of be used in the competition.

     Additional Information

     Faculty members or students seeking
     additional information regarding the
     program and/or requirements of the
     ADA/DENTSPLY Student Clinician
     Research Program are invited to contact
     the Office of the Council on ADA
     Sessions at (800) 621-8099 Ext. 2664.

     American Dental Association
     Council on ADA Sessions
     211 East Chicago Avenue, Suite 200
     Chicago, IL 60611                             Rosalyn Sulyanto of the Harvard School of
                                                   Dental Medicine represented her school at the
     Toll-Free: (800) 621-8099, ext. 2664
                                                   2007 Annual Session of the American Dental
     Direct: (312) 440-2664                        Association in San Francisco, CA with her
     FAX: (312) 440-2707                           presentation “The Role of NFATc1 in
                                                   Osteoclast Function in vivo.” Her presentation
                                                   earned her Second Place in the Basic Science
     Faculty members or students seeking           category.
     additional information regarding the
     submission of photo or travel and financial
     support for the ADA/DENTSPLY
     Student Clinician Research Program are
     invited to contact Ms. Tammy Roland
     at (800) 877-0020 Ext. 54274 or
     via e-mail at

     DENTSPLY International
     Professional Relations Department
     221 West Philadelphia Street
     P.O. Box 872
     York, PA 17405-0872
     Toll-Free: (800) 877-0020, ext. 54274
     Direct: (717) 849-4274
     FAX: (717) 849-4760                           Third Place honors in the Basic Science category
                                                   was awarded to Pieter H. Heemstra of the
                                                   University of Pittsburgh for his presentation on
                                                   “Characterization and Osteogenic Potential of
                                                   Dental Pulp Stem Cells.” He participated in
                                                   the 2007 ADA/DENTSPLY Student Clinician
                                                   Research Program in San Francisco, CA.

                   JUDGES’ RATING FORM (sample)
   This is a poster presentation. It is not an essay, lecture or exhibit. It must be shown or
    demonstrated complete in no more than 7 to 10 minutes, and repeated many times.

Student’s Name _______________________________________________________________
Table # _____________________
Title _________________________________________________________________________

RESEARCH TEAM SUPPORT — Please check one.
J Student did not participate as part of a research team in preparing this poster presentation.
J Student participated as part of a research team, acknowledged role in the research team,
  and credited the assistance from other members of the team.
J Student participated as part of a team but did not credit other members of the research team.

SUBJECT MATTER (Maximum points for this section - 45.)
                                                     LOW                             HIGH
1. Important, timely, pertinent.                       1       3         5       7       9
2. Organization, logic, sequence.                      1       3         5       7       9
3. Practical approach to practice. Clinical relevance. 1       3         5       7       9
4. Scientifically sound and supported.                 1       3         5       7       9
5. Creative ability, new approach.                     1       3         5       7       9
                                                      Total Points for   this Section: _________

PRESENTATION (Maximum points for this section - 36.)
                                                     LOW                      HIGH
1. Hypothesis clearly stated.                         1       2          4       6
2. Background knowledge provided.                     1       2          4       6
3. Methods clearly outlined.                          1       2          4       6
4. Results presented succinctly.                      1       2          4       6
5. Discussion consistent with data.                   1       2          4       6
6. Conclusions driven by scientific data.             1       2          4       6
                                                     Total Points for    this Section: _________

PROFESSIONALISM (Maximum points for this section - 18.)
                                                     LOW             HIGH
1. Oral presentation brief/lucid.                     1       2          3
2. Clinical data readily understood.                  1       2          3
3. Visuals well organized.                            1       2          3
4. Handout available. (Synopsis)                      1       2          3
5. Professional appearance.                           1       2          3
6. Creative ability.                                  1       2          3
                                                     Total Points for    this Section: _________

COMMENTS _________________________________________________________________

                                TOTAL POINTS (Maximum = 99 Points): ______________
                    About our Association

                    What is SCADA?                  fields of basic dental research and clinical
                    S.C.A.D.A. is the               and/or public health sciences.
                    abbreviation for The
     International Association of Student           The Program Expands
     Clinicians - American Dental Association.      The program’s popularity and growth
     SCADA was formed by student clini-             continued when it was introduced in
     cians participating in the first Student       Canada in 1971. The United Kingdom
     Table Clinic Program held in New York          launched a program in 1978 that now
     City during the 100th Anniversary              includes dental students in the Republic
     Session of the American Dental                 of Ireland. Four years later, a similar
     Association in 1959.                           Program was instituted in Australia that
                                                    now includes dental students from
     The program was conceived by the late          New Zealand. In 1987, the first Student
     Dr. Harold H. Hillenbrand, Executive           Clinician Research Program was
     Director Emeritus of the ADA, and the          conducted in the Federal Republic of
     late Mr. Henry M. Thornton, Chairman           Germany in Braunschweig. This
     Emeritus of DENTSPLY International.            Program has been expanded to Austria
     These men were seeking to establish a          and Switzerland. A Scandinavian
     program which would stimulate interest         Student Clinician Program was inaugu-
     by dental students and educators in the        rated in 1991. This Program includes

     Winners representing sixteen international Student Clinician Research Programs from around
     the world gather during the 2007 ADA Annual Session in San Francisco, CA.

dental students from schools in Norway,     participation by our members in the
Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland, the      activities of organized dentistry and to
Netherlands, Estonia, Latvia and            encourage participation in school research
Lithuania. Another Program was              programs and those of the Annual
initiated for dental students in Japan in   Sessions. We have translated those
1995 and one began in France in 1997.       objectives into practical programs in
Two Programs were introduced in 1998        five specific areas. First, SCADA
in India and Thailand and a new one for     encourages active participation in the
dental students in South Korea was          program by all dental schools. Second,
launched in 1999. The Year 2000 saw         SCADA works to assist both students
the introduction of new Programs for        and faculty in conducting student
dental students in South Africa and         research. Third, SCADA members pro-
Taiwan. In 2002, a regional Southeast       vide assistance to dental schools in plan-
Asian Program was started covering          ning, programming, and judging student
Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, the        research programs. Fourth, SCADA
Philippines, Myanmar, Malaysia and          members help orient individual student
Vietnam. 2004 welcomed two new              clinicians towards successful participa-
Programs in Brazil and the People’s         tion in the annual research presentation
Republic of China. In 2006 a program        programs. Fifth, SCADA encourages
was introduced in Turkey. SCADA is          the pursuit of academic dental careers
now composed of those individuals who       through the Henry M. Thornton/
represented their dental school in these    SCADA Fellowship Award and the
16 national programs within the last        SCADA Faculty Advisor Award.
45 years. All of the Student Clinician
Research Programs are supported             A Note of Gratitude
financially by DENTSPLY International.      Our Association is deeply indebted to
                                            DENTSPLY International for its
Since its inception, the number of          continued financial sponsorship of
participating dental schools has greatly    Student Clinician Research Programs
increased and the level of student          in 35 nations on six continents.
participation has multiplied. Most
importantly, the quality of the poster     We are grateful, not only for the
presentations has continuously improved. Company’s continued generosity to
                                           dental students as seen in this and other
Where Are We Today?                        quality programs they sponsor, but for
Today SCADA’s membership consists          their support of our Association.
of those who presented student clinics     DENTSPLY deserves commendation
since 1959 as their school’s official      for their active encouragement of
undergraduate representatives. Over        SCADA programs throughout the
5,000 students in 35 nations have          world and its unwavering support for
participated in these Programs since 1959. dental student research and these
                                           students who will be the next genera-
The goals of SCADA are to stimulate        tion of dental leaders.
     Dr. Joseph Meng receives his award during   Dr. Llewellyn Powell receives his award
     the 2007 ADA/DENTSPLY Student               during the 2007 ADA/DENTSPLY Student
     Clinician Awards program by Dr. Janet       Clinician Awards program by Dr. Janet
     Harris (L), President of SCADA and          Harris (L), President of SCADA and
     Dr. Linda C. Niessen (R), Corresponding     Dr. Linda C. Niessen (R), Corresponding
     Secretary and Editor for SCADA.             Secretary and Editor for SCADA.

     The first SCADA Fellowship Fund             Each year SCADA chooses one
     for graduate study in dentistry was         associate to receive the Alan J. Davis
     award in 1976. This fund honors             SCADA Achievement Award,
     the memory of the late Henry M.             named in honor of our first
     Thornton, DENTSPLY’s Chairman               Corresponding Secretary.
     Emeritus. The fund supports dental
     students in advancement of post-            This prestigious award has been
     doctoral dental education.                  bestowed upon members of our
                                                 Association for outstanding service
     SCADA has awarded $62,500 in                to the profession or to SCADA
     Fellowship grants since inception.          itself.
     The thirty-second scholarship was
     presented during the 2007 ADA               Dr. Llewellyn Powell is our newest
     Annual Session to Dr. Joseph Meng.          recipient. He a 1986 graduate of
                                                 the University of Mississippi and
     Dr Meng represented the University          participated in the 1985 American
     of Iowa in the 2004 American                Dental Association/DENTSPLY
     Dental Association/DENTSPLY                 Student Clinician Research
     Student Clinician Research Program          Program. Dr. Powell is currently
     in Orlando, Florida and earned the          Associate Professor of Operative
     Second Place Award in the Clinical          Dentistry and Fixed Prosthodontics
     Research category. He graduated in          in the Department of Restorative
     2006 from the University of Iowa            Dentistry at the University of
     and is continuing his studies at            Tennessee College of Dentistry.
     Baylor University’s Graduate                He is clearly a credit to our profes-
     Prosthodontics Program to which             sion, his University and to our
     this Fellowship will be applied.            Association.

“A mind once stretched
 by a new idea never
 regains its original
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