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Have you volunteered outside the United States?

Int'l Volunteer Svc LogoSo many dentists give generously of their time and talents with international volunteer dental organizations. In 2013 the ADA recognized 59 dentists and 26 dental students with the Certificate for International Volunteer Service.

The ADA is currently accepting nominations for the 2014 Certificate for International Volunteer Service — the deadline is April 1, 2014. Eligible candidates must have volunteered at least 14 days within a 24 month period. Find the complete guidelines and nomination forms at ADA.org.

And if you are looking to volunteer overseas, visit the ADA International Volunteer website. Find information about selecting a program and location, preparing for your trip and what to expect upon your return home. You can search over 100 organizations by site location, program type, religious affiliation, and other considerations.

North Carolina Dental Students Making a Difference in Malawi

ADA Foundation logoYesterday we posted about the ADA Foundation Bud Tarrson Dental School Student Community Leadership Award which recognizes dental student outreach to vulnerable communities within the U.S.

The ADA Foundation also recognizes one dental school student program each year for demonstrating excellence in providing services to underserved populations outside of the U.S. through the Dr. Thomas J. Zwemer Award. Established in 2012, the Zwemer Award provides $5,000 to one dental school on behalf of the students’ winning outreach program.

The winner of the 2013 ADAF Zwemer Award is the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry for its Malawi Dental Project.

Why Malawi? As the project’s blog notes, the country of almost 14 million people has fewer than 15 dentists.

Congratulations to these hardworking dental students for making a difference!

Dental Students Making a Difference Close to Home

open mouthThe ADA Foundation has announced the winners of the 2013  Bud Tarrson Dental School Student Community Leadership Award. This annual award highlights significant dental student outreach to vulnerable communities within the U.S. The winning programs receive $5,000 to continue their outstanding work in serving the underserved.

The 2013 Bud Tarrson Dental School Student Community Leadership Awards go to:

The ADA Foundation increased the number of awards from one to six after a gift from ADA Business Resources Inc. (ADABEI).

Students at accredited dental schools across the U.S. submitted nomination materials in the fall of 2013. The applications are reviewed and scored, and the winners are selected, by ADA Foundation volunteer leadership with the final decision authority resting with the ADA Foundation Board.

Congratulations to these hardworking dental students for making a difference!