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, governance coordinator.

Rising Leader Award

Rising Leader 2016

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 2019 or 2020 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. 17-19, 2017 in Chicago) and to receive the award.

Criteria and eligibility:

  • Must be an ASDA predoctoral member graduating in 2019 or 2020.
  • Current and past ASDA predoctoral national leaders are not eligible.

The submission period for this award has closed. 

Deadlines and important dates:

  • June 30, 2017: Applications and supporting materials are due to the ASDA central office.
  • July 22-23, 2017: Board of Trustees will select award recipient. He or she will be notified by July 28, 2017.
  • Nov. 17-18, 2017: Award presented at National Leadership Conference in Chicago

Congratulations to Vanessa Kristensen, Arizona '18, the recipient of the 2016 Rising Leader Award. Vanessa accepted her award during ASDA's National Leadership Conference in Chicago on Nov. 5, 2016.

Questions? Contact Keely O'Sullivan, governance coordinator.

Distinguished Leader Award

Distinguished Leader 2016

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 2018, 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 2017 National Leader Conference to receive the award.

Criteria and eligibility for nominee:

  • Must be a predoctoral ASDA member graduating in 2018.
  • Current and past ASDA national leaders are not eligible to be nominated.

The submission period for this award has ended. 

Deadlines and important dates:

  • June 30, 2017: Nomination materials are due to the ASDA central office. Nominees will be asked to submit a CV and photo.
  • July 22-23, 2017: Board of Trustees will select award recipient, who will be notified by July 28, 2017.
  • Nov. 17-18, 2017: Award presented during National Leadership Conference.

Congratulations to Madelyn Stumpos, Michigan '18, the recipient of this year's award. Madelyn accepted her award during ASDA's National Leadership Conference in Chicago on Nov. 5, 2016.

Questions? Contact Keely O'Sullivan, governance coordinator.