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Welcome to SCADA! The Student Clinician Research Program of the ADA is comprised of a select and elite group of dentists who participated in the Student Clinician Research Program at their individual schools and your country's national program. This program was first presented in 1959 at the centennial session of the ADA in New York City as a joint venture between then DENTSPLY International and the American Dental Association. Dr. Harold Hillenbrand, then Executive Director of the ADA and Mr. Henry M. Thornton, then President of DENTSPLY International initiated the first program. Since its inception, the program has expanded to cover 36 countries and has over 5,000 student participants.

The ADA hosts a SCADA program at each annual meeting as a popular feature of the scientific session. Students are selected to compete and present their work by their individual schools. Dentsply Sirona is proud to serve as the sponsor of this program by funding all program-related awards and expenses. They also sponsor an orientation seminar for student clinicians on the evening preceding the judging and host a reception and dinner to honor the participants on the evening of the judging.

Country Program Overview

In Australia, the Student Clinician program began in 1982 with participation from all Australian and New Zealand Universities, and in 2009, we welcomed the University of Fiji into the program.

The program is held every second year with final presentations made at the Australian Dental Association National Congress and winners are announced at a special Dentsply Sirona Dinner event. This prestigious program includes a first prize of an all-expense paid trip to attend the American Dental Association congress.

The SCADA objectives are:

• To promote, support and recognize dental research by students and faculty advisors within all dental schools

• To provide quality standards and guidelines for the dental schools in research, clinic planning and judging

• To help orient and educate the individual student clinicians toward a successful career that includes dental research

• To provide SCADA Associates with a network and ongoing opportunities for dental research

Current Program

  • May 18, 2017
  • May 19, 2017
  • SCADA Australia Day 1 - Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
    Each student selected to represent their University is asked to present their research to an independent judging panel. Their presentation includes a round table discussion about their research and is then judged by the panel, based on an established criterion. The presentations take place at the Australia Dental Associations (ADA) 37th Annual Dental Congress.
  • Dentsply Sirona Dinner and Awards Presentation - The Langham Hotel Melbourne
    The first place winner and runner up will be announced at this event hosted by Dentsply Sirona. Guests include University Professors, Heads of schools, industry professionals and past SCADA winners.
  • SCADA Australia Day 2 - Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
    Each student will be at the Congress with their presentations on display to answer any questions to delegates at the Congress.

Travel, lodging and prize information

Each student will receive an all expsense paid trip; including, flights, hotel accomodations, ground transportation and a meal allowance each day. Students will also take part in the Dentsply Sirona and Congress social events.

This prestigious program includes a first place prize of an all-expense paid trip to attend the Dentsply Sirona/American Dental Association Program in Atlanta, Georgia. The second place prize is a cash award of $500.

Each university representative will become a member of the SCADA Alumni Association. 



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