Foundation accepting applications for 2019 Dugoni Faculty Award

4/1/19: Updated to note new application deadline.

Dental school faculty have until April 30 to apply for the 2019 Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni Faculty Award.

Each year, the CDA Foundation accepts applications for the Dugoni Faculty Award named for Arthur A. Dugoni, DDS, MSD, and his vast accomplishments in dental education and organized dentistry.

First given in 2006, the award recognizes a faculty member affiliated with any of California’s six dental schools in recognition of the faculty member’s leadership, innovation, collaboration, compassion, philanthropic spirit and integrity in dental education. The recipient will receive a one-time scholarship award of $1,500, which may be used for travel, conferences, research, materials, supplies, academic projects and other purposes.

Applicants must hold a full- or part-time teaching position and be connected with a dental program associated with a California dental school. All individuals who meet the selection criteria are encouraged to apply for the award before the application period closes Tuesday, April 30.

Dr. Dugoni is credited with the development and management of many innovations that elevated the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry to national prominence, including the enhancement of the humanistic model of education. The three most recent recipients of the Dugoni Faculty Award include Richard Fredekind, DMD, MA, Ronald Mito, DDS, FDS RCSEd, and Santosh Sundaresan, BDS, DDS.

Community and educational grants and awards are some of the ways the Foundation supports dental professionals and community-based organizations statewide that provide dental care to underserved communities. The Foundation also awards the Student Loan Repayment Grant and Humanitarian Award annually.

Find award criteria and application materials on the Foundation website.

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