About the AAOF Awards Program

The AAOF has defined seven Award Program priority areas:



  • Biomedical Research Awards
  • Orthodontic Faculty Development Fellowship Awards
  • Center Awards
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship Award
  • Educational Innovation Awards
  • Program Awards
  • Research Aid Awards

The funds necessary for these awards are the result of the Foundation's endowment fundraising campaign, Continued Commitment to the Specialty®.

2020 Awards Program

The deadline for the 2020 Award Proposals is November 15, 2019 by 5:00 pm CST. Application materials are available HERE.
View the AAOF Awards Application Workshop presented at the AAO Annual Session HERE.

2019 Awards Program

At the February Board Meeting, the Board of Directors approved the following 9 Biomedical Research Awards, 16 Orthodontic Faculty Development Fellowship Awards, 1 Postdoctoral Fellowship Award and 7 Research Aid Awards as follows:

Biomedical Research Award

  • Sumit Yadav/University of Connecticut - Being selected as the most meritorious, this BRA is to be designated the B.F. Dewel Memorial Biomedical Research Award  Synopsis
  • Sercan Akyalcin/Tufts University - Robert James Bray Biomedical Research Award​  Synopsis
  • Phimon Atsawasuwan/ University of Illinois, Chicago - Fred F. Schudy Memorial Research Award  Synopsis
  • Giseon Heo/University of Alberta  Synopsis  Video
  • Kurtis F. Kasper/University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston - The Fred and Dianne Garrett Biomedical Research Award  Synopsis  Video
  • Jeffrey Nickel/Oregon Health & Science University - Robert L. Boyd Biomedical Research Award  Synopsis  Video
  • Eung-Kwon Pae/University of Maryland Baltimore -Burstone-Indiana Biomechanics Award​  Synopsis
  • Benjamin Pliska/University of British Columbia - Graber Family Biomedical Research and Teaching Award 
  • Flavio Uribe/University of Connecticut  Synopsis  Video

Orthodontic Faculty Development Fellowship

  • Soyhon (Michelle) Kim/Oregon Health & Science University - Being selected as the most meritorious, this OFDFA is to be designated the Willie and Earl Shepard Fellowship Award  Synopsis  Video
  • Isil Aras/Jacksonville University - Eugene E. West Memorial Fellowship Award  Synopsis Video
  • Mona Bajestan/University of California, San Francisco - Robert E. Gaylord Teaching Fellowship Award 
  • Mohamed Bazina/University of Kentucky - Albert P. Westfall Memorial Teaching Fellowship Award  Synopsis  Video
  • Tersipthea Christou/University of Alabama, Birmingham Synopsis
  • Eliane Dutra/University of Connecticut - James A. McNamara Orthodontic Faculty Fellowship Award  Synopsis
  • Mohammed H. Elnagar/University of Illinois, Chicago - Robert M. Ricketts Sunflower Orthodontics Fellowship Award  Synopsis  Video
  • Sudha Gudhimella/University of Louisville - Robert E. Binder Teaching Fellowship Award  Synopsis
  • Wei Huang/Rutgers School of Dental Medicine - Anthony A. Gianelly Teaching Fellowship Award  Synopsis 
  • Helder Jacob/University of Texas, Houston - Subtelny, Baker, Eastman Teaching Fellowship Award  Synopsis  Video
  • Hyeran Helen Jeon/University of Pennsylvania - Orhan C. Tuncay Teaching Fellowship Award​  Synopsis
  • Xu Qian/Tufts University - T.M. Graber Teaching Fellowship Award   Synopsis  Video
  • Kyungsup Shin/Univeristy of Iowa  Synopsis
  • Meenakshi Vishwanath/University of Nebraska  Synopsis
  • Siddharth Vora/University of British Columbia - Michael Matlof Memorial Teaching Fellowship Award  Synopsis  
  • Bingshuang Zou/University of British Columbia  Synopsis

Postdoctoral Fellowship Award

  • Laura Jacox/University of North Carolina Chapel Hill - Martin "Bud" Schulman Postdoctoral Fellowship Award  Synopsis Video

Research Aid Award

  • Mohamed-Nur Abdallah/University of Toronto  Synopsis
  • Shayna Azoulay-Avinoam/University of Illinois, Chicago  Synopsis
  • Po-Jung Chen/University of Connecticut  Synopsis
  • Shariq Khan/University of New York, Stony Brook  Synopsis
  • Daniel Lee/University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill - Charles J. Burstone Research Aid Award  Synopsis  Video
  • Jia Liu/University of Connecticut  Synopsis  
  • Farnaz Younessian/Nova Southeastern  Synopsis


Craniofacial Growth Legacy Collection Project
- AAOF Continued Support
Education Innovation Award


The Dewel Award is given to the most meritorious Biomedical Research Award.

The Shepard Award designation is given annually to the most meritorious Orthodontic Faculty Development Fellowship Award.

The Burstone-Indiana Award is given to the successful applicant of the award each year and designated as a Burstone Fellow in Biomechanics.

American Association Of Orthodontists Foundation

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