Dr. Seidner Student Scholarship Program

  • Submit a Research Abstract
  • Submit a Student Scholarship Application
  • Submit a Letter of Reference 

Applications Open in October 2020
Scholarship Program Brochure

Seidner Student Scholarship

In 2020, with COVID-19, ALD's 2020 honorees will present in 2021.  In 2019, ALD honored Dr. Yujin Ohsugi with the Dr. Eugene Seidner Student Scholarship award.We aim to continue the program  to grow and flourish as academicians begin to champion laser education. 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. 
Dr. Glenda Payas, Dr. Yujin Ohsugi, and Dr. Charles Hoopingarner in 2019 in Dallas

2020 Student Scholarship Recipients
Two applicants from 7 were selected to present in 2020 and will roll over to 2021 presentations in Alexandria.

  • Wenbin Feng - In Vitro Comparison of Traditional vs. Er,Cr:YSGG Laser Techniques for Interproximal Reduction in Orthodontics, Touro School of Dentistry (NY)
  • Edmond Rexha, DDSPeri-implant Defect Morphology and Temperature Changes Curing Er,Cr:YSGG Laser Decontamination Stonybrook School of Dentistry

 2019 Student Scholarship Recipient
Elieza Tang

Yujin Ohsugi, DDS
Tokyo Medical and Dental University
Tokyo, Japan
Abstract
Comprehensive Analysis of Gene Expression Related to Healing After Bone Ablation with Er:YAG Laser
 

Program Objectives
The 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
    • round trip coach air transportation
    • up to 5 hotel nights in the host hotel and some meals included in regular conference registration.
  • ALD Dental Laser Standard Level Course application fees,  (Meals not scheduled within the conference program are not included.)
  • Upon a 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 Dr. Seidner Board of Trustees.  

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 [email protected] by December 15, 2020. Submissions must include three items for completeness:

Application and Abstract Submission Deadline
Abstracts must be submitted by December 15, 2020, following the guidelines specified in the ALD Call for Abstracts. If research work is ongoing, applicants may provide abstract updates by March 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 ALD Dental Laser Standard Level Course, most sessions of the annual conference and the President's  Awards Ceremony is expected. Selected students are required to submit their abstract for publication in the Journal of Laser Dentistry.
Notification Notification of scholarship awards will occur between January 10 - January 31, 2020 by email.
Download Application Documents & Brochure

Note: All documents must be received by December 15, 2020 to be considered for the Seidner Student Scholarship. 

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: [email protected]


Recipient History

2018

Elieza Tang  

Sophannary Kong, DDS
Tokyo Medical and Dental University
Tokyo, Japan
Abstract
Photothermal Effects of Er:YAG Laser Irradiation on the Proliferation of Human Gingival Fibroblasts

Erica Lavere  

Rodrigo C. Mosca, DDS, MSC, PhD, Postdoctoral
Oral Biology & Biomedical Engineering, School of Dental Medicine and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, University at Buffalo
The State University of New York, Buffalo, New York
Abstract
Photobiomodulation Therapy in Treating Side Effects of Cancer Brachytherapy

Shrikar R. Desai, MDS  

James D. Ritter, BA, DDS Candidate
University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Dentistry,
Memphis, Tennessee
Abstract
Using an Er,Cr:YSGG Laser for Class II Cavity Preparation While Modulating Multiple Parameters: An In Vitro Study

2017

 

Elias Almaz
University  of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry
San Francisco, CA
Abstract
Near-Infrared Detection of Dental Decay Underneath Stained Occlusal Surfaces 

Elieza Tang, BS  

Nicholas Montanaro, BS
Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine
Stony Brook, NY
Abstract
Implant Cleaning Methods and Laser Irradiation Associated with Temperature Increase

 

Masaki Tsubokawa, DDS
Tokyo Medical and Dental University
Tokyo, Japan
Abstract
Detection of Subgingival Calculus Using Optical Coherence Tomography: In Vitro and Clinical Evaluation

 2016

Elieza Tang, BS  

Danielle Sacks, BA
Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine
Stony Brook, NY USA
Abstract
Effect of Initiators on Thermal Changes in Soft Tissues Using Diode Laser  

 

Taichen Lin, DDS
Department of Periodontology, Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences, Tokyo Medical and Dental University
Tokyo, Japan
Presentation Title Dental Hard Tissue Ablation Using a Newly-developed Wavelength-tunable Nanosecond Pulsed Cr:CdSe Laser in the Spectral Range of 2.76-3.00 

 

Shrikar R. Desai, MDS
HKE Society's S.N. Institute of Dental Sciences and Research
Gulbargo, Karnataka, India
Presentation Title: Effect of 810nm Diode Laser on the Proliferation of Osteoblasts and Formation of Bone in Osteotomy Site

2015

Elieza Tang, BS  

Elieza Tang, BS
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland USA
Abstract
The Effect of Mechanism of Antimicrobial Effects of an 810-nm Diode Laser

Erica Lavere  

Erica Lavere
The State University of New York
University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine
Buffalo, New York, USA
Abstract
Antimicrobial Effects of an 810-nm Diode Laser in the Treatment of Peri-Implantitis: A Pilot Study

2014

Dr. Monica Gawlik  

Dr. Monica Gawlik
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Montefiore Medical Center, New York
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Aurora, Colorado, USA
Abstract
The Effect of Pulsed Low Level Laser Therapy on Rate of Tooth Movement and Pain Reduction in Orthodontic Patients: A Randomized Clinical Trial

2013

 

Dr. J. Ryan Blankenship
Children’s Hospital Colorado
Aurora, Colorado, USA
Abstract
Measuring Heart Rate to Assess Pain Levels in Pediatric Patients During Cavity Preparation with an Er,Cr:YSSG Laser

 

Dr. Chanthoeun Chui
Tokyo Medical and Dental University
Tokyo, Japan
Abstract
Antimicrobial Effect of a-PDT Using High-Power Blue LED and Red Dye Agent on Porphyromonas gingivalis

2012

 

Ms. Jeema Dad
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Dentistry
Houston, Texas
Abstract
Acid Etching, Mechanical Debridement,and Different Bonding Generations for Enamel Prepared by Er,Cr:YSGG Laser
Jeema Dad "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
Abstract
Low-Power Laser-Generated ROS Species Can Activate Latent TGF-ß1 and Direct Dental Stem Cell Differentiation

2010

Verica Aleksic  

Verica Aleksic, DDS
Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU)
Tokyo, Japan
Abstract
Low-Level Er:YAG Laser Irradiation Enhances Osteoblast Proliferation Through Activation of MAPK/ERK

 

Adar Ben-Amy  

Adar Ben-Amy, DMD
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama
Abstract
Efficacy of 640-nm Diode Laser Treatment for Prevention of Oral Mucositis in Pediatric Cancer Patients

 

Cynthia Morford  

Cynthia Morford, DDS
University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry
San Francisco, California
Abstract
Er:YAG Laser Debonding of Porcelain Veneers

2009

Bulent Gokce  

Bulent Gokce
Ege University School of Dentistry, Department of Prosthodontics, Izmir, Turkey
Abstract
Bond Strengths of All-Ceramics: Acid vs. Laser Etching

 

Steven Tapp Huma Hamid  

Steven Tapp
Huma Hamid
University of Texas, Houston Branch
Houston, Texas
Abstract 
Glass Ionomer Bond Strength to Teeth Prepared with an Er:YAG Laser

 

Brian Sang  

Brian Sang
West Virginia University
Morgantown, West Virignia
Abstract
A Quantitative Assessment of the Effect of Various Antimicrobial Therapies on Porphymonas Gingivalis Contamination on the Implant Surface: A SEM Study 

2008

Dr. Monica Chmiel  

Monica Chmiel, DDS, MS
UCSF School of Dentistry
San Francisco, California
Abstract
Effect of a New Carbon Dioxide Laser and Fluoride on Caries Progression in Demineralized Enamel 

 

Dr. Piyanart Ekworapoj  

Piyanart Ekworapoj, DDS, MSc
School of Dental Science at Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Abstract
Optimal Laser Energy for Adhesion of Glass Ionomer Cement 

 

Dr. Ali Obeidi  

Ali Obeidi, DDS, MS1
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama
Abstract
Shear Bond Strength and SEM Study of Composite Material to Enamel and Dentin Prepared by Er,Cr. YSGG Laser, Application of Various Etching Time

Dr. Ali Obeidi  

Roy George, MDS, PhD candidate
University of Queensland
Brisbane, Australia
Abstract
Differential Ablation of Radicular Dentine with Er:YAG Laser Radiation Under Varying Water Flow Rates 

 

Mark Roper, DDS, MS  

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

 

Basem Salim  

Basem Salim
The University of Manchester
Manchester, United Kingdom
Abstract
Thermal Effects of Er,Cr:YSGG Laser Irradiation on External Root Surface During Root Canal Treatment 

2006

P.G. Stathopoulou, DDS  

P.G. Stathopoulou, DDS
University of Louisville School of Dentistry
Louisville, Kentucky
Abstract
Er:YAG Laser Reduces Post-Operative Discomfort
Following Osseous Resection for Periodontal Crown Lengthening
 

 

James W. Thomas  

James W. Thomas
Nova Southeastern University
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Abstract
A Comparison of the Thermal Effects of Erbium Lasers and Rotary Diamond Instrumentation on Tooth Structure


Scott Renfrow  

Scott Renfrow
BSc., University of Oklahoma, School of Dentistry
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Abstract
Effects of Er,Cr:YSGG Laser on Gingival Fibroblast

2004

Dr. Robert S. Jones  

Dr. Robert S. Jones
University of California
San Francisco, California
Abstract
Near-IR Imaging of Early Dental Decay