San Francisco trip is top prize in dental awards

A ticket to San Francisco is the top prize in a search for the UK’s most innovative dental studnet.

The 2012 BDA/Dental Defence Union (DDU)/DENTSPLY Student Clinician Awards is held annually and Dentsply will fly the winner to San Francisco in October – the venue for the 2012 American Dental Association conference – as part of an all-expenses paid trip.

In addition to this, the winner’s school will receive a £10,000 research grant.

The programme supports international undergraduate study and focuses on original research and accentuates the strong and continuous bond between the profession and the dental industry.

The DDU is also proud to be involved in the prestigious awards.

Rupert Hoppenbrouwers, head of the DDU, said: ‘The Student Clinician Awards act as a showcase for some of the best young talent in British dentistry and it is always great to see how many intelligent, hard working and talented dental students there are in the UK.

‘The awards themselves provide a unique opportunity for the winning dental student and their school. The DDU is committed to undergraduate and postgraduate education, and is delighted to be involved in such a prestigious event.’
Fourth-year students are invited to create a small presentation (in poster form) based on any topic relevant to the world of dentistry.

It should include the student’s own research and should be prepared with minimal input from dental school staff. The presentation should show clear, logical thinking and be delivered in a professional manner.
Each dental school in the UK will appoint one fourth-year student to represent them in the competition.

The student whose project is judged to be best in the school will be chosen to present to a distinguished panel of judges in London on 2 February 2012 and will receive two exclusive invitations to the black tie Clinicians Awards ceremony on 3rd February, including two nights in The Royal Horseguards Hotel.
Now in its 35th year, the BDA/DDU/Dentsply Student Clinician Programme Awards will be held at The Royal Horseguards Hotel in London in February with judging on 2 February and the awards ceremony the following day.
The event will be a chance to celebrate not just the achievements of the student clinicians, but also Dentsply’s ongoing commitment to the future of dentistry and the practitioners of tomorrow.
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