Student Awards

Student awards are an integral part of what makes UBC Dentistry exceptional. Through the generosity of our supporters, the UBC Dentistry Student Awards program enables us to provide financial support for our students and continue to highlight and celebrate their academic achievements, leadership and success as future oral healthcare professionals, researchers, and academics.

Annual Awards

123Dentist, one of the largest networks of dental practices and the oldest in Canada, presents this award to final-year DHDP and DMD students who demonstrate leadership in initiatives that promote collaboration within their program. These awards are made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Dentistry.

This award is offered by the American College of Dentists BC Section to a third or fourth-year student who has demonstrated exceptional ethical and professional demeanour in clinical dentistry. The award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Dentistry.

The BITES Institute presents this award and a one-year membership to the BITES Study Club to a graduating DMD student who demonstrates a special interest and excellence in the field of implantology. The award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Dentistry.

The British Columbia Dental Association (BCDA) offers this award to a fourth-year student with high academic standing (top third of class) and outstanding leadership and community service. Candidates must be current members of the BCDA. The award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Dentistry.

This prize is offered to a graduating student who demonstrates a special interest and excellence in the field of Pediatric Dentistry.

An award and a personalized framed certificate are presented to a graduating dental student who has shown outstanding leadership and character and who may be expected to become a leader in the dental profession and society at large. The award is provided by the Canadian Dental Association and is made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Dentistry.

Faculty members in the Dental Hygiene Degree Program (DHDP) offer this award to a graduating DHDP student. Preference is given to a student who has demonstrated an aptitude for teaching and research. The award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Dentistry.

This award is offered through a gift from the Vancouver Dental Education Centre in honour of Dean Emeritus Dr. Charles “Chuck” Shuler to DMD students who demonstrate an aptitude for and an interest in Geriatric Dentistry. The award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Dentistry.

Dr. Shuler, Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry from 2007–2017, received his BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin, his DMD from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, his PhD in Pathology from the University of Chicago and his Oral Pathology education at the University of Minnesota and the Royal Dental College Copenhagen Denmark. In 2016 he won the Distinguished Scientist Award in Oral Medicine and Pathology from the International Association for Dental Research, and he maintains a research program, funded by the United States National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research, to better understand the cause of cleft palate birth defects.

This award is presented to a fourth-year DMD student who demonstrates exceptional patient care and advocacy. The award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Dentistry.

Dr. Michele Williams had a passion for Oral Medicine, education and research. She was known among her students and colleagues for her outstanding patient care. This award was created by a former Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology resident to honour Dr. Williams and to keep her memory and legacy alive.

This award is presented to a fourth-year DMD student who has demonstrated exemplary and compassionate patient care. Family, friends and colleagues offer this award to honour Dr. Nancy Scott as a founding member of the British Columbia Dental Association's Women in Dentistry Mentorship Program and her lifetime work mentoring women in Dentistry. The award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Dentistry and the Integrated Clinical Care Clinical Advisors.

Dr. Scott had a passion for teaching driven by her desire to help students achieve confidence and skill, especially in patient management and clinical procedures. The Dr. Nancy Scott Memorial Award for Outstanding Patient Care in Dentistry honours her memory as a passionate and dedicated teaching professional who was committed to providing the best to her students in patient care and professionalism.

This award is offered by Madaisky & Co. Business Lawyers to a fourth-year graduating student who has made measurable contributions to the student body by fostering a sense of community and participating in non-dentistry-related volunteer activities, intramural sports and organized dentistry. The award is made by nomination of the Dentistry Promotions Committee.

This award is offered to a graduating DMD student who possesses outstanding clinical skills and an interest in pediatric dentistry. The successful candidate will have demonstrated exceptional clinical skills in providing care for children. The award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Dentistry.

This prize is offered by Patterson Dental to a graduating fourth-year DMD student who demonstrates academic excellence, leadership and community involvement. The prize is made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Dentistry.

The Prince George and District Dental Society presents this award to an outstanding fourth-year graduating DMD student. Preference will be given to students who are from the Prince George and District region with an expressed interest in practicing in Prince George and District region after completion of their program at UBC. The award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Dentistry.

This prize is presented by Dr. and Mrs. D.P. Goel in memory of Dr. Goel's father, Ram Swarup Goel, to a graduating student who has demonstrated excellence in a course of study. The award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Dentistry.

These awards are offered by Scotiabank to students who have demonstrated a well-developed sense of managing a small clinical practice in an educational context and patient interaction. One award is offered to a third-year student and the other one to a fourth-year student. The awards are made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Dentistry based on clinical grade average and clinical procedure activity as measured by Clinical Procedural Value.

This award recognizes an outstanding fourth-year DMD student who demonstrates leadership, interest and passion in the community and reflects Sinclair's commitment and service to the greater community. This award is offered by Sinclair Dental in celebration of UBC Dentistry's 50th Anniversary.

Endowed Awards

This prize is endowed by Beavers Dental in recognition of Dr. Bill Scott's lifetime of contribution to the dental profession. The award is presented to a graduating student who achieves high standing in operative dentistry and professionalism. The award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Dentistry.

This award is endowed by colleagues and friends of Darlene J. Thomas, who was a leader in the establishment of the Dental Hygiene Degree Completion Program (BDSc) at UBC. The award is granted to a dental hygiene student graduating with a BDSc. Award recipients are chosen on the basis of high academic achievement as well as commitment, vision, leadership and professionalism. The award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Dentistry.

This award is offered through an endowment established by the Dental Undergraduate Society to undergraduate DMD or DHDP students who have participated in a volunteer dentistry program in an underserved area. The award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Dentistry.

This prize is offered in honour of Dr. Earl Ellison by his wife, Dr. Lucille Ellison to a student demonstrating excellence in geriatric dentistry. The award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Dentistry.

This prize is presented by Dr. Irving E. Snider to the student with the highest standing in removable prosthodontics. The award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty.

This award is offered through an endowment established by friends and family in memory of Dr. John Nasedkin to outstanding fourth-year DMD students who have demonstrated interdisciplinary clinical proficiency and comprehensive patient care, as well as uncompromising ethical standards. They will be a collaborative student, an excellent communicator and innovative thinker. This award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Dentistry.

Dr. John Nasedkin received numerous accolades, awards and certifications throughout his career, including the Canadian Academy of General Dentistry Dentist of the Year award in 2014. This award recognizes Dr. Nasedkin’s legacy as an exceptional dentist and remarkable man who loved his profession and sharing his knowledge.

This prize is offered by the UBC Dental Alumni Association, Class of Dentistry 1974 to the student obtaining the highest standing in the DENT 430 Endodontic module. The award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Dentistry.

The scholarship is offered through an endowment established by the Impact of Ten group - alumni and friends of the UBC Dental Hygiene Degree Program. It is awarded to fourth-year DHDP students with high academic standing. The scholarship is made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Dentistry.

This award has been endowed by colleagues, friends and family of Marilyn Dionne Teed. The award is presented to a graduating DHDP student who has shown outstanding qualities of integrity, dedication, loyalty and perseverance during their undergraduate years. The award is made on the recommendation of the Director of the Bachelor of Dental Science Program in Dental Hygiene.

This prize has been endowed by friends and family in memory of Dr. Max Nacht. The award is offered to a fourth-year student demonstrating excellence and promise in the area of pediatric dentistry. The award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Dentistry in consultation with the Division of Pediatric Dentistry.

This prize is offered to a graduating student who has demonstrated those qualities exemplified by the late Roy Sofield, including special interest and proficiency in preventive dentistry, oral health education, periodontics and nutrition. The award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Dentistry.

This award has been endowed by the family, colleagues and friends of Willa Jo Gardner, who was a respected instructor in the Dental Hygiene Diploma Program (DHDP) from 1968 to 1986. The award is granted to a top graduating DHDP student in the Dental Hygiene Entry-to-Practice option who exemplifies outstanding leadership, character, and concern for fellow students and clients and is an active student member of the BCDHA and CDHA in their four-year program. The award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Dentistry.

External Awards

This prize consists of a one-year subscription to the Journal of Operative Dentistry and a student award certificate given by the Academy of Operative Dentistry to the senior student who has shown outstanding achievement in Operative Dentistry. The prize is made on the recommendation of the Faculty.

A certificate of recognition, a one-year’s membership in the AAID and a complimentary registration at this year’s AAID Annual Meeting is awarded to the student who demonstrates the most interest, academically and clinically, in implant dentistry. The award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty.

The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons provides an annual award to recognize a dental student who has shown outstanding performance in the area of dental implant placement. The award consists of a certificate of recognition, a one-year subscription to the International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants and a complimentary registration at this year’s AAOMS Annual Meeting, Scientific Sessions and Exhibition. The award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty.

The American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology offers the AAOMP Dental Student Award to recognize a graduating student who has demonstrated exemplary aptitude and achievement in the field of Oral Pathology. The award consists of a certificate and a one-year membership to the AAOMP.

The American Association of Orthodontists will provide a certificate of merit to the senior dental student who demonstrates exceptional interest in the study of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. The award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty.

This unique honour is given to a graduating student who displays the highest level of academic and clinical achievement related to periodontics.

A certificate and subscription to the Journal of Endodontics have been made available by the American Association of Endodontists for the student who shows a broad interest in endodontics and demonstrates more involvement than is required of the average student. The student must show above average grades in clinical treatment and didactic coursework. The award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty.

The Canadian section of the American College of Prosthodontists offers a prize to a graduating student who has shown high academic standing and clinical proficiency in prosthodontics as well as an interest in pursuing graduate training in prosthodontics. The award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty.

A $200 award given to a fourth-year DMD student who demonstrates aptitude and passion for the field of pediatric dentistry and/or dentistry for persons with special needs. The award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty.

The nominee should be a senior student who has demonstrated a special interest and accomplishment in oral and maxillofacial radiology. The award includes a certificate and a membership in the Academy with a waiver of the initiation fee and the first year’s dues.

The award should be presented to an outstanding senior dental student who has demonstrated a special interest and skill in the field of TMD and Orofacial Pain. The award will include a certificate and a reduced registration rate for the AAOP Annual Meeting.

The AAOMS provides an annual award to recognize a dental student with high academic standing for outstanding performance in undergraduate study & clinical training in the area of oral and maxillofacial surgery and anesthesiology. The award consists of complimentary registration to the AAOMS Annual Meeting, Scientific Sessions and Exhibition, a one-year subscription to the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, & an engraved certificate.

The American Dental Society of Anesthesiology honours a senior student who has demonstrated proficiency in the field of dental anesthesiology by offering the Horace Wells Senior Student Award.

This award is given to a fourth-year dental student who has demonstrated a keen interest in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. The award is based on the recommendation of the Faculty in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

A book prize is to be given to a graduating student displaying excellence in Endodontics.

Criteria for this award will be at the discretion of the Faculty. The recipient will receive a Certificate of Merit and a one-year subscription to the Quintessence International journal.

Criteria for this award will be at the discretion of the Faculty. The recipient will receive a Certificate of Merit and a one-year subscription to the Quintessence International journal.

Criteria for this award will be at the discretion of the Faculty. The recipient will receive a Certificate of Merit and a one-year subscription to the Quintessence International journal.

The Pierre Fauchard Academy provides a prize to an outstanding graduating student in the Faculty of Dentistry who, in the opinion of the Faculty Awards Committee and the Dean, has exhibited leadership and, through his or her accomplishments, has demonstrated dedication to the advancement of dental literature. The successful candidate will also have excelled in the academic and clinical aspects of the dental program.

The CARDP Scholar Award is presented to the top graduating student with the highest standing in the disciplines of both Operative and Prosthodontics (academic & clinical). This year we will be presenting the recipient a CARDP plaque with personalized engraving; ideally, the academy would like to present this at our annual meeting.

An award to a student who has demonstrated excellence in Restorative or Operative Dentistry in the use of either cast gold or direct gold procedures consists of a certificate and a 2-year online subscription to the Journal of Operative Dentistry, along with a tuition waiver to the Annual Meeting of the AAGFO within the first five years of graduation.

An award to a graduating student who has demonstrated proficiency in the clinical management of medically complex patients, the diagnosis and non-surgical management of medically-related conditions of the oral and maxillofacial regions, and promise, academic achievement, and interest in the discipline of Oral Medicine. The award consists of a dues complementary, two-year members in the AAOM, a copy of a Clinician’s Guide to Treatment of Medically Complex Dental Patients, and registration, at a reduced rate for 2 years, at the AAOM annual meetings.

Special Recognition

The peer mentorship program aims to promote students' social and academic integration and cultivate a sense of inclusiveness and belonging in the student community. Peer mentors take responsibility for organizing social activities throughout the academic year and share insights with students in their junior years to help facilitate their success.

ADEA's ADCFP provides students with an opportunity to glean further insight into the life of an academician. Student fellows partner with an individual faculty mentor and participate in teaching and research projects, conduct interviews with faculty members, and present their experiences through a portfolio and poster presentation.


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