A master’s degree dental student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry is the winner of the 2017 Dr. Ray Bowen Student Research Award, according to ADA News.
Dr. Prajakta Kulkarni, who earned a bachelor’s of dental science degree at the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences in India, received the award, bestowed by the ADA Foundation in cooperation with the Academy of Operative Dentistry, for her research project “Bioactive Materials: Ion Release, Secondary Caries Depth and Elemental Analysis of Surrounding Tooth.”
“I am honored to receive this prestigious award,” said Dr. Kulkarni. “It is a privilege to be able to conduct research under accomplished faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry. I look forward to this opportunity to further develop my research interests.”
The biennial Dr. Ray Bowen Student Research Award is open to dental students at all levels who wish to undertake research relevant to contemporary operative dentistry. The award provides $6,000 to the awardee to perform the proposed research and an additional $1,000 to help defray the costs of presenting a table clinic based on the research proposal at the Academy of Operative Dentistry’s scientific session. The student must have a research mentor who is a member of the Academy of Operative Dentistry at his/her institution to provide guidance and act as a co-investigator.