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®.

2018 Awards Program

At the February Board Meeting, the Board of Directors approved the following 10 Biomedical Research Awards, 7 Orthodontic Faculty Development Fellowship Awards, 4 Center Awards and 6 Research Aid Awards as follows:

Biomedical Research Award

  • Andrew Jheon/University of California, San Francisco, B.F. Dewel Memorial Biomedical Research Award Synopsis Video
  • John Burnheimer/University of Pittsburgh Synopsis Video
  • Lucia Cevidanes/ University of Michigan, Fred F. Schudy Memorial Research Award Synopsis Video
  • Jing Chen/Columbia University, Robert James Bray Biomedical Research Award Synopsis Video
  • Carlos Flores-Mir/University of Alberta, Robert L. Boyd Biomedical Research Award Synopsis Video
  • Sunil Kapila/University of California, San Francisco, Burstone-Indiana Biomechanics Award Synopsis Video
  • F. Kurtis Kasper/University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, The Fred and Dianne Garrett Biomedical Research Award Synopsis Video
  • Jin Hee Kwak/University of California LA, Graber Family Biomedical Research and Teaching Award Synopsis
  • Christina Nicholas/University of Illinois, Chicago Synopsis Video
  • Sumit Yadav/University of Connecticut Synopsis

Center Award

  • Laura Iwasaki/Oregon Health and Science University, GAC International Corporate Center Award Synopsis Video
  • Jeff Nickel/Oregon Health and Science University, 3M Unitek Corporate Center Award Synopsis Video
  • Tracy Popowics/University of Washington, Ormco Corporate Center Award Synopsis Video
  • Benjamin Wu/University of California, Los Angeles, Align Technology, Inc. Corporate Center Award Synopsis Video

Orthodontic Faculty Development Fellowship Award

  • Sudha Gudhimella/University of Louisville, Willie and Earl Shepard Fellowship Award Synopsis
  • Thikriat Al-Jewair/University of New York at Buffalo, Robert E. Binder Teaching Fellowship Award Synopsis Video
  • Jennifer Caplin/University of Illinois, Chicago, Robert E. Gaylord Teaching Fellowship Award Synopsis Video
  • Eliane Dutra/University of Connecticut Health Center, Anthony A. Gianelly Teaching Fellowship Award Synopsis
  • Hiroshi Ueno/St. Louis University, T.M. Graber Teaching Fellowship Award Synopsis Video
  • Siddharth Vora/University of British Columbia, Michael Matlof Memorial Teaching Fellowship Award Synopsis
  • Tingxi Wu/State University of New York at Buffalo, Robert M. Ricketts Sunflower Orthodontics Fellowship Award Synopsis Video

Research Aid Award

  • Niloufar Azami/University of Connecticut Synopsis
  • Catherine Campbell and Laura Jacox/University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Synopsis Video
  • Spencer Crouch/University of Michigan Synopsis Video
  • Tarek Elshebiny/Case Western Reserve University Synopsis Video
  • Nicole Gange/Case Western Reserve University Synopsis
  • Surya Joseph/University of Maryland, Charles J. Burstone Research Aid Award Synopsis Video
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.

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