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Student Scholarship

The Dr. Eugene M. Seidner Student Scholarship Program

 
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In 2017, ALD honored 3 students with the Dr. Eugene Seidner Student Scholarship awards. The program continues to grow and flourish as academcians begin to champion laser education. Back in 2012, the Academy reached its $100,000 endowment goal. The Scholarship program is a cornerstone of ALD's endeavors to help the profession learn about the safe and effective uses of dental laser technology for patient care. Since inception, 25 students from all over the world have been honored.

In 2004, ALD introduced the Dr. Eugene M. Seidner Scholarship Program. The scholarship program is named to honor the memory of Dr. Eugene M. Seidner, ALD's President 1996-97. Dr. Seidner is most aptly described as a pioneer; both as a clinician for his early use of lasers in his dental practice as well as his contribution to the formation of the Academy of Laser Dentistry. Known as a "giver", Dr. Seidner conveyed his broad vision to all who knew him in a manner that was uniquely warm and generous. The Academy is proud to honor his memory through this student scholarship.

You can find more information about each ALD Scholar on this page below. To make a charitable contribution to the fund, download the Scholarship Program Brochure and Donation Form (above).

2017 Seidner Student Scholarship Recipients: Nicholas Montanaro, Elias Almaz, and Masaki Tsubokawa

2017 Seidner Student Scholarship Recipients
(left to right) Nicholas Montanaro, Elias Almaz, and Dr. Masaki Tsubokawa


2017 Student Scholarship Recipients

Elieza Tang
"I am very thankful to have been invited to the 2017 Academy of Laser Dentistry Annual Meeting as a Dr. Eugene M. Seidner scholar. I am humbled to have received the rare opportunity as a student to not only present my research but to also learn about techniques, applications, and equipment in the field of laser dentistry. The ALD family showed us the warmest welcome and guided us in making the trip a huge success. It has been incredible to see how passionate members of ALD are about advancing dentistry for the greater good of our patients and our profession."

Elias Almaz
University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry
San Francisco, CA

Abstract
Near-Infrared Detection of Dental Decay Underneath Stained Occlusal Surfaces
 
Erica Lavere
"I wanted to express my deepest and most sincere gratitude to the ALD for selecting me for the 2017 Dr. Eugene M. Seidner Student Scholarship.  It is truly an honor to even be considered for such an award, let alone to be a recipient.  The ALD has established such a unique and welcoming environment where the most innovative of laser research meets the newest of clinical applications. For a dental student like myself, the opportunities for learning and growth that the Academy provides are truly indispensable and cannot be matched elsewhere. It is incredible to see just how much the ALD has given to us, and how they seek to continually push our nation’s dental students to the forefront of dental research in laser technology."

Nicholas Montanaro, BS
Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine
Stony Brook, NY

Abstract
Implant Cleaning Methods and Laser Irradiation Associated with Temperature Increase
 
Shrikar R. Desai, MDS
"The unique, wonderful ALD conference had a big impact on my future clinical life. I learned from cutting edge researchers and clinicians about theories, techniques and clinical cases of lasers in dentistry. I was able experience the latest laser equipment that I cannot use in my country and I also learned how the range of knowledge of lasers has expanded widely. The prestigious Dr. Seidner Student Scholarship was the most honorable and the best way to become an ALD member for foreign students like me."

Masaki Tsubokawa, DDS
Tokyo Medical and Dental University
Tokyo, Japan

Abstract
Detection of Subgingival Calculus Using Optical Coherence Tomography: In Vitro and Clinical Evaluation
 

Student Scholarship Program Details and Submission Instructions

Program Objectives
Dr. Eugene M. Seidner Scholarship ProgramThe Dr. Eugene M. Seidner Student Scholarship is intended to promote the advancement of dental laser education and clinical research. The program encourages undergraduate and graduate dental students in the different dental disciplines to deepen their knowledge of the use of lasers in dentistry. It provides financial assistance enabling successful applicants to present their work at the Academy's annual conference and by doing so allows participation in the educational lectures and workshops aimed to advance the study of lasers and their correct and safe use in dentistry. A special award for Pediatric Dentistry is available to pediatric dental students.

Special Award for Pediatric Dentistry - Through a generous annual pledge specifically earmarked for pediatric dental students, ALD is pleased to implement beginning in 2010 a special recognition award within the Dr. Eugene Seidner Student Scholarship program for pediatric dental students. This donation recognizes the commitment to pediatric dental education by ALD member Dr. Lawrence Kotlow, a pediatric dentist practicing in Albany, N.Y.

What is awarded?
The scholarship covers one year of ALD membership, conference registration fees, Standard Proficiency Dental Laser Certification Course application fees, round trip coach air transportation for the applicant, up to 5 hotel nights in the host hotel and meals already included in regular conference registration. (Meals not scheduled within the conference program are not included.) Upon successful presentation an award in the form of a framed certificate for participation will be presented to all Scholarship recipients. A cash award for first ($500), second ($250) and third ($100) may be presented to the top 3 recipients. Presentations are graded by members of the ALD University and Academia Relations and Student Scholarship committees.

Who is eligible?
Applicants must be either undergraduate dental students or graduate dental students in a general or specialty program. Applicants are eligible through their first year after graduation of an accredited dental program. Applicants shall be nominated by dental university faculty or ALD members.

How do candidates apply?
Applications must be downloaded and sent electronically to memberservices@laserdentistry.org by October 31, 2017. Submissions must include three items for completeness:

  • Student Scholarship Application (Due by October 31st)
  • An Abstract for Presentation (Due by October 31st)
  • Letter of Reference (Due by October 31st)

Application and Abstract Submission Deadline
Abstracts must be submitted by October 31, 2017, following the guidelines specified in ALD's Call for Abstracts module. If research work is ongoing, applicants may provide abstract updates by December 1.  If more study time is needed to complete the research study, applicants may contact the Academy to request an extension.

Applicant's Obligations
Applicants must present original research or case study(s) presented as an oral presentation, table clinic or poster presentation. Participation in the Standard Proficiency Dental Laser Certification Course, most sessions of the annual conference and the President's Dinner and Awards Ceremony is expected. Selected students are required to submit their abstract for publication in the Journal of Laser Dentistry no later than 30 days after the annual conference.

Selected students are required to submit their abstract for publication in the Journal of Laser Dentistry
The recipient/s are required to submit a manuscript to the Academy's Journal of Laser Dentistry so that we may provide the readers with a similar experience to those that attend the presentation at the annual conference. The submission requirements are two types of electronic files: a Microsoft Word document and JPG or similar image files in high resolution suitable for print media. Full submission details are provided to student recipients in the student application.

Notification
Notification of scholarship awards will occur between January 10 - January 31, 2018 by email.

 

Download Application & Brochure

For More Information and Additional Questions regarding the Dr. Eugene M. Seidner Scholarship, please contact:

Academy of Laser Dentistry
Gail Siminovsky, CAE Executive Director
Phone: 954-346-3776 ext 204 or toll free 877-527-3776, ext 204
Fax: 954-757-2598
E-mail: memberservices@laserdentistry.org


Recipient History

2016

Elieza Tang, BS

Danielle Sacks, BA
Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine
Stony Brook, NY USA

Effect of Initiators on Thermal Changes in Soft Tissues Using Diode Laser 
2016

 

Taichen Lin, DDS
Department of Periodontology, Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences, Tokyo Medical and Dental University
Tokyo, Japan

Dental Hard Tissue Ablation Using a Newly-developed Wavelength-tunable Nanosecond Pulsed Cr:CdSe Laser in the Spectral Range of 2.76-3.00 μm 
2016

Shrikar R. Desai, MDS
HKE Society's S.N. Institute of Dental Sciences and Research
Gulbargo, Karnataka, India

Effect of 810nm Diode Laser on the Proliferation of Osteoblasts and Formation of Bone in Osteotomy Site
2016

 

2015

Elieza Tang, BS

Elieza Tang, BS
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland USA

The Effect of Mechanism of Antimicrobial Effects of an 810-nm Diode Laser
2015

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Erica Lavere

Erica Lavere
The State University of New York
University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine
Buffalo, New York, USA

Antimicrobial Effects of an 810-nm Diode Laser in the Treatment of Peri-Implantitis: A Pilot Study
2015

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2014

Dr. Monica Gawlik

Dr. Monica Gawlik
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Montefiore Medical Center, New York
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Aurora, Colorado, USA

The Effect of Pulsed Low Level Laser Therapy on Rate of Tooth Movement and Pain Reduction in Orthodontic Patients: A Randomized Clinical Trial
2014

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2013

Dr. J. Ryan Blankenship
Children’s Hospital Colorado
Aurora, Colorado, USA

Measuring Heart Rate to Assess Pain Levels in Pediatric Patients During Cavity Preparation with an Er,Cr:YSSG Laser
2013

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Dr. Chanthoeun Chui
Tokyo Medical and Dental University
Tokyo, Japan

Antimicrobial Effect of a-PDT Using High-Power Blue LED and Red Dye Agent on Porphyromonas gingivalis
2013

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2012

Ms. Jeema Dad
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Dentistry
Houston, Texas

Acid Etching, Mechanical Debridement,and Different Bonding Generations for Enamel Prepared by Er,Cr:YSGG Laser
March 30, 2012

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Jeema Dad, Student Scholarship Recipient: "The ALD conference has significantly increased my awareness of the versatile uses of dental lasers. With experienced dentists who use lasers on a daily basis, I not only learned different techniques and types of lasers that would work best for certain procedures, but also had hands on experience with various lasers. The ALD conference was a success thanks to the help of the compassionate members who brought his event all together. I look forward to the next conference in Palm Springs, California."

 

2011

Praveen Arany, BDS, MDS

Praveen Arany, BDS, MDS
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

Low-Power Laser-Generated ROS Species Can Activate Latent TGF-ß1 and Direct Dental Stem Cell Differentiation
March 5, 2011

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2010

Verica Aleksic

Verica Aleksic, DDS
Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU)
Tokyo, Japan

Low-Level Er:YAG Laser Irradiation Enhances Osteoblast Proliferation Through Activation of MAPK/ERK
April 15, 2010

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Adar Ben-Amy

Adar Ben-Amy, DMD
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama

Efficacy of 640-nm Diode Laser Treatment for Prevention of Oral Mucositis in Pediatric Cancer Patients
April 15, 2010

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Cynthia Morford

Cynthia Morford, DDS
University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry
San Francisco, California

Er:YAG Laser Debonding of Porcelain Veneers
April 17, 2010

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2009

Bulent Gokce

Bulent Gokce
Ege University School of Dentistry, Department of Prosthodontics, Izmir, Turkey

Bond Strengths of All-Ceramics: Acid vs. Laser Etching
April 25, 2009

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Steven Tapp Huma Hamid

Steven Tapp
Huma Hamid
University of Texas, Houston Branch
Houston, Texas

Glass Ionomer Bond Strength to Teeth Prepared with an Er:YAG Laser
April 25, 2009

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Brian Sang

Brian Sang
West Virginia University
Morgantown, West Virignia

A Quantitative Assessment of the Effect of Various Antimicrobial Therapies on Porphymonas Gingivalis Contamination on the Implant Surface: A SEM Study
April 25, 2009

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2008

Dr. Monica Chmiel

Monica Chmiel, DDS, MS
UCSF School of Dentistry
San Francisco, California

Effect of a New Carbon Dioxide Laser and Fluoride on Caries Progression in Demineralized Enamel
April 10, 2008

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Dr. Piyanart Ekworapoj

Piyanart Ekworapoj, DDS, MSc
School of Dental Science at Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Optimal Laser Energy for Adhesion of Glass Ionomer Cement
April 10, 2008

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Dr. Ali Obeidi

Ali Obeidi, DDS, MS1
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama

Shear Bond Strength and SEM Study of Composite Material to Enamel and Dentin Prepared by Er,Cr. YSGG Laser, Application of Various Etching Time
April 10, 2008

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2007

Dr. Ali Obeidi

Roy George, MDS, PhD candidate
University of Queensland
Brisbane, Australia

Differential Ablation of Radicular Dentine with Er:YAG Laser Radiation Under Varying Water Flow Rates
March 30, 2007

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Mark Roper, DDS, MS

Mark Roper, DDS, MS
University of California at San Francisco
San Francisco, California

Cleaning and Shaping of Root Canal Systems Using Erbium Lasers - Two-Dimensional Change and Surface Characteristics from Erbium Lasers Used for Root Canal Preparation as Compared to Rotary Instrumentation
March 30, 2007

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Basem Salim

Basem Salim
The University of Manchester
Manchester, United Kingdom

Thermal Effects of Er,Cr:YSGG Laser Irradiation on External Root Surface During Root Canal Treatment
March 30, 2007

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2006

P.G. Stathopoulou, DDS

P.G. Stathopoulou, DDS
University of Louisville School of Dentistry
Louisville, Kentucky

Er:YAG Laser Reduces Post-Operative Discomfort
Following Osseous Resection for Periodontal Crown Lengthening

March 18, 2006

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James W. Thomas

James W. Thomas
Nova Southeastern University
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

A Comparison of the Thermal Effects of Erbium Lasers and Rotary Diamond Instrumentation on Tooth Structure
March 17, 2006

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2005

Scott Renfrow

Scott Renfrow
BSc., University of Oklahoma, School of Dentistry
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Effects of Er,Cr:YSGG Laser on Gingival Fibroblast
April 9, 2005

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2004

Dr. Robert S. Jones

Dr. Robert S. Jones
University of California
San Francisco, California

Near-IR Imaging of Early Dental Decay
March 6, 2004

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2017 Student Scholarships Presented to Nicholas Montanaro, Elias Almaz, and Dr. Masaki Tsubokawa

2015 Student Scholarship Awards

2015 Student Scholarship Awards

2015 Student Scholarship Awards

 

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