AADOCR Student Advocate Award

Each year, AADOCR’s National Student Research Group (NSRG) and Government Affairs Committee (GAC) recognize a student for outstanding contributions in advocacy for oral health research with the Student Advocate of the Year Award.

The winner of the award is announced at the annual AADOCR and Friends of NIDCR Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill in the spring. To apply, please complete the application form below and brief essay question. 

Award Prize/Recognition

Non-monetary award presented at AADOCR Advocacy Day

Key Dates

Applications Open:

Aug 01, 2023

Applications Closed:

Feb 29, 2024

  • Students may self-nominate or be nominated by another AADOCR member.
  • Nominee must be a current member of the NSRG.
  • The Gert Quigley Fellow and NSRG officers are not eligible.


Applicants must have participated in oral health advocacy by completing at least two of the following activities within the last calendar year:

  • Responded to an action alert from AADOCR or another oral health advocacy organization; 
  • Met in person or via videoconference with a federal or state legislator or their staff; 
  • Contacted a policymaker via email, letter or phone; 
  • Participated in or are currently registered for an AADOCR Advocacy Day; or
  • Engaged other students in oral health advocacy.

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Essay Question

In the space below please include a brief one-page essay (<500 words) explaining: (1) how you meet the criteria for the Student Advocate Award; (2) why you believe it is important to engage in advocacy on behalf of dental, oral, and craniofacial research; and (3) your role or interest in advancing AADOCR’s federal policy agenda.


Questions about the award?

Yehuda Sugarman

Director of Government Affairs

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