A MESSAGE FROM THE SCADA PRESIDENT
On behalf of the Student Research Program Officers and Board of Governors, I welcome you to this Alumni Association comprised of a select and elite group of dentists who participated in the Student Research Programs at their individual schools and their country's national program. I applaud you for your interest in research and encourage you to take full advantage of our programs. We are most appreciative of the outstanding sponsorship of Dentsply Sirona for over fifty-seven years of support and the American Association of Dental Research as the host of our program at each Annual Session. Please review our exciting website to read the history of the Student Research Program and to become familiar with our story. It is my sincere hope that this organization will open new horizons and fellowship for you within the dental community.
Kelton T. Stewart, D.D.S., M.S. SCADA President
THE SCADA STORY
Welcome to SCADA! This organization is comprised of a select and elite group of dental professionals who have participated in dental research competitions at their individual schools and their country’s national SCADA program. This dental student research competition known as “SCADA” was first presented in 1959 at the centennial session of the American Dental Association (ADA) in New York City as a joint venture between then, DENTSPLY International and the ADA. Dr. Harold Hillenbrand, then Executive Director of the ADA and Mr. Henry M. Thornton, then President of DENTSPLY International, initiated the first program. The program has run continuously since 1959 and has expanded globally to include 19 national programs spanning 39 countries and engaging more than 7,000 student participants. In 2017, the supporting organizations for the U.S. Student Competition Advancing Dental Research and its’ Application (SCADA) transitioned to include Dentsply Sirona and the American Association for Dental Research. The objectives of the program are to encourage undergraduate dental students to actively participate in research and introduce students to dental society activities.
Each year, every U.S. Dental School is invited to select a student through its own student research or poster presentation competition to participate in this national program. The selected student representatives will then compete at the SCADA competition during the AADR annual meeting. Dentsply Sirona is proud to serve as the sponsor of this program by funding 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.
Henry M. Thornton Fellowship
Forty-one years ago, SCADA started a Fellowship Fund, named in honor of the late Henry M. Thorton then, DENTSPLY's Chairman Emeritus, whose vision created this program. The fund was designed to support our student clinicians as the pursue post-doctoral dental education programs or specialty training. Since 1976, SCADA has awarded $103,000 in Fellowship grants.
Alan J. Davis SCADA Achievement Award
The Alan J. Davis / SCADA Achievement Award is named in honor of our first Corresponding Secretary, has been awarded to a clinician for outstanding service to the dental profession or to SCADA itself.
Burton C. Borgelt/SCADA Faculty Advisor Award
The Burton Borgelt Faculty Advisor Award, named for a former CEO of the then Dentsply International, recognizes the work of a faculty member who is committed to mentoring students in research at his or her university.