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 Keely O'Sullivan Kurtz, advocacy and policy manager

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 2020 or 2021 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. 16-18, 2018 in Chicago) and to receive the award.

Criteria and eligibility:

  • Must be an ASDA predoctoral member graduating in 2020 or 2021.
  • Current and past ASDA predoctoral national leaders are not eligible.
How to submit: 

The application period for this award has closed.

Deadlines and important dates:
  • June 29, 2018: Applications and supporting materials are due to the ASDA central office.
  • July 21-23, 2018: Board of Trustees will select award recipient. He or she will be notified by July 28, 2018
  • Nov. 16-18, 2018: Award presented at National Leadership Conference in Chicago
Congratulations to Nehemiah Lawson, North Carolina '19, the recipient of the 2017 Rising Leader Award. Nehemiah accepted his award during ASDA's National Leadership Conference in Chicago on Nov. 18, 2017.


Questions?
Contact Keely O'Sullivan Kurtz, advocacy and policy manager.

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 2019, 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 2018 National Leader Conference to receive the award.

Criteria and eligibility for nominee:

  • Must be a predoctoral ASDA member graduating in 2019.
  • Current and past ASDA national leaders are not eligible to be nominated.

How to submit:

The application period for this award has closed.

Deadlines and important dates:

  • June 29, 2018: Nomination materials are due to the ASDA central office. Nominees will be asked to submit a CV and photo.
  • July 21-23, 2018: Board of Trustees will select award recipient. He or she will be notified by July 28, 2018.
  • Nov. 16-18, 2018: Award presented during National Leadership Conference.
Congratulations to Hakan Gem, Washington '18, the recipient of the 2017 award. Hakan accepted his award during ASDA's National Leadership Conference in Chicago on Nov. 18, 2017.


Questions?
Contact Keely O'Sullivan Kurtz, advocacy and policy manager.