Each year, ASDA recognizes students who demonstrate leadership skills by serving their chapters, schools, communities or organized dentistry. These awards reflect ASDA’s vision of advancing the dental profession by developing exemplary leaders who demonstrate the core values of passion, community, engagement and integrity.

Both are awarded during ASDA’s National Leadership Conference, held each fall in Chicago.

Questions? Contact Robin Lieberman, executive assistant.
 

Rising Leader Award

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The Rising Leader Award recognizes the importance of developing leadership skills and involvement in organized dentistry early in a dental student’s career. The award will be presented to an ASDA predoctoral member graduating in 2021 or 2022 who has demonstrated a commitment to leadership development in their chapter or community.

The recipient will receive airfare, hotel, registration and a per diem to attend the National Leadership Conference (Nov. 1-3, 2019 in Chicago) and to receive the award.

Criteria and eligibility:

  • Must be an ASDA predoctoral member graduating in 2021 or 2022.
  • Current and past ASDA predoctoral national leaders are not eligible.
How to submit: 
Complete the submission form and upload the following supporting materials to ASDA’s dedicated Dropbox account by 11:59 p.m. CDT on June 21, 2019:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Academic letter of good standing from dean (can be emailed to Robin Lieberman)
  • One letter of recommendation from a professor, school administrator or ASDA member
  • Letter of intent (no more than 800 words) highlighting:
    • Your own service and leadership roles in your school, ASDA chapter or community and your leadership trajectory, providing specific examples of the ways in which your leadership style has evolved through time and how you see it developing into the future.
Deadlines and important dates:

  • June 21, 2019: Applications and supporting materials are due to the ASDA central office.
  • July 13-14, 2019: Board of Trustees will select award recipient. He or she will be notified by July 19, 2019.
  • Nov. 1-3, 2019: Award presented at National Leadership Conference in Chicago.
Congratulations to Makayla Gresham, West Virginia '20, the recipient of the 2018 Rising Leader Award. Makayla accepted her award during ASDA's National Leadership Conference in Chicago on Nov. 17, 2018.

Questions? Contact Robin Lieberman, executive assistant.

Distinguished Leader Award

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The ASDA Distinguished Leader Award recognizes a fourth-year dental student who has made significant contributions to his or her ASDA chapter. The award is open to predoctoral students graduating in 2020, and each ASDA chapter can nominate one member for consideration.

The recipient will receive a $1,000 honorarium, plus airfare, hotel and registration for the 2019 National Leader Conference to receive the award.

Criteria and eligibility for nominee:

  • Must be a predoctoral ASDA member graduating in 2020.
  • Current and past ASDA national leaders are not eligible to be nominated.

How to submit: 

Each ASDA chapter may nominate one active predoctoral ASDA member for this award (Please consult with your chapter leaders before submitting. Submissions must come from predoctoral members). Submit a nomination form, then upload a letter of recommendation to ASDA’s dedicated Dropbox account by 11:59 p.m. CDT on June 21, 2019. The letter should be 800 words or less and include:

  • A brief explanation of why this person deserves recognition for their contributions to their chapter. 
  • Chapter-level positions this student holds/has held within ASDA and accomplishments associated with each position.
  • Examples of how this student demonstrates ASDA’s core values of passion, community, engagement and integrity.
  • Examples of how this student has inspired others within the chapter.
Deadlines and important dates:

  • June 21, 2019: Nomination materials are due to the ASDA central office. Nominees will be asked to submit a CV and photo.
  • July 13-14, 2019: Board of Trustees will select award recipient. He or she will be notified by July 19, 2019.
  • Nov. 1-3, 2019: Award presented during National Leadership Conference.
Congratulations to Kiya Stack, Nebraska '19, the recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Leader Award. Kiya accepted her award during ASDA's National Leadership Conference in Chicago on Nov. 17, 2018.

Questions? Contact Robin Lieberman, executive assistant.