UCSF School of Dentistry is partnering with UCLA School of Dentistry to sponsor an essay contest focused on diversity, dental education and the dental profession.
The Clifton O. Dummett Sr. Essay Competition invites predoctoral essayists to address race relations in the profession through the lens of editorials written in the National Dental Association Bulletin, 1953-75. The competition is named in honor of the late Clifton Dummett Sr., DDS, pioneer in dentistry and dental education. Dr. Dummett, who died in 2011, was distinguished professor emeritus, University of Southern California Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry. His teaching career in periodontics began at Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry, where he ultimately became professor of periodontics. He became dean and director of dental education at age 28, establishing a record as the youngest dental dean in the United States.
Submitted essays will recall dentistry’s history, reflect a point of view, and relate a compelling story that is relevant to contemporary events. Awards of $250, $500 and $1,000 will go to the winning entries. The competition is open to predoctoral dental students at the following universities:
Univ. of Southern California
University of the Pacific
Loma Linda University
Meharry Medical College
A.T. Still University-MOSDOH
University of Alabama-Birmingham
University of Utah
Texas A&M University
All entries must be received by Nov. 30.
How to Submit an Entry
Only one entry per person — deadline is Nov. 30