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AACD Poster Competition

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Without the dedication and passion of the dental community, the advancements of cosmetic dentistry would not be where they are today. The AACD Poster Competition creates an outlet for undergraduate and postgraduate students, junior dental faculty, along with clinicians and researchers, to share their scientific findings and to promote greater interaction within the dental community.


Call for Posters-AACD Denver 2021

Undergraduate and postgraduate students are encouraged and invited to share their clinical cases and research with AACD members at the annual scientific session in Denver, Colorado, April 14 - 17, 2021 in the following areas:
Selected posters will be given the chance to display and/or present. All selected individuals must be present for the poster competition, failure to do so will lead to the poster being disqualified from the competition. A total of 20 students will be given the opportunity to present their posters.
To enter the AACD Poster Competition, you must follow the submission guidelines below:

Clinical Case Submissions

Abstract: Please submit an abstract of no more than 100 words describing your case presentation type and outcomes you have tried to attain. There should be some description to the types of materials used and disciplines involved in the final result.
Note: Your abstract must include a title, name of your university, your name, your address, phone number, and e-mail address.
Supporting Material: All individuals submitting a clinical case presentation must present photographic documentation submitted to university@aacd.com with one or more of the below Case Presentation Types:
  • Porcelain Veneers (1 or more porcelain Restorations)
  • Direct Composite Bonded Veneer (1 or more Restorations)
  • Class IV Bonded Restoration(s)
  • Bleaching
  • Anterior All-Ceramic Crown(s)
  • Anterior Bridge All-Ceramic Bridge
  • Anterior Implant Crown(s)
Please submit the following (8) eight required photo views:
  • Full Face (frontal view) – 1:10, before and after
  • Full Smile (frontal view, non-retracted) – 1:2, before and after
  • Retracted (front view) – arches slightly separated – 1:2, before and after
  • Occlusal View – 1:2, before and after of the arch treated

Material Science Submissions

Abstract: Please submit an abstract of no more than 100 words describing your hypothesis, problem, methods and materials used. You should also include the names and manufacturers of materials used in the study. Only In Vitro (Bench Top) cases will be accepted. Details and description as to how the study was run, discussion as to any previous work in the area including citations will be required. The final results attained and their clinical relevance in esthetic dentistry will be of importance in the final evaluation of the project.

Note: Your abstract must include a title, name of your university, your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address.
Individuals submitting a materials science poster may choose to present data/charts to support their abstract, but it is not required. Any work showed, not the author(s) of this poster, must have references as to origin.

Submission Deadline & Instructions:

Your abstract, any supporting materials, and a copy of the AACD Poster Competition Submission Form, must be submitted to university@aacd.com no later than midnight, Central Time, Sunday, February 28, 2021
A signed copy of the AACD Poster Competition Submission Form MUST accompany all abstracts. Failure to do so will result in disqualification. 

ALL POSTER SUBMISSIONS MUST HAVE FACULTY APPROVAL. Signature on the submission form or via email to university@aacd.com.

AACD Membership is required for all posters selected for the poster competition/ or display only.
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Deadlines will be strictly enforced – no exceptions.
Notification of Acceptance:
Poster abstracts submission acceptance will be sent via e-mail along with registration instructions.
Posters will be judged by a panel of AACD members unaffiliated with the Credentialing arm of the Academy, on-site at the annual scientific session. In consideration that participants are beginning to explore education in cosmetic dentistry, the AACD Credentialing standards will not be applied to the judgment of this poster session. Recognition in the poster session does not imply compliance with the AACD's Credentialing Standards nor does it imply the achievement of Accreditation or Accreditation-level dentistry.  All poster award winners should be prepared to give a 10-minute verbal PowerPoint presentation about their research at the Student Day program at the Scientific  Session.

Specifications for Poster Competition Presentations

  • Posters should be a maximum of 4 ft./48 inches (width) and 3 ft./36 inches (height)
  • Be sure to include the abstract title, author name(s), and the institution, if applicable, where the work was completed, in large letters centered at the top of the poster.
  • Abstracts should include a concise introduction describing the purpose of the poster, as well as a brief description of the methods, results, and conclusions.
  • The poster competition is a graphical presentation of an author’s work using graphs, photographs, diagrams, and any sample educational materials developed on a poster board.
  • You will be responsible for mounting your own poster prior to the poster session and removing your display materials after the session.
  • Presenters, who decide to hand-carry their poster to the scientific session, are recommended to use tubular packaging or a portfolio case.
  • Handouts are encouraged to supplement your poster.
  • Presenters are highly encouraged to be near their displays to discuss their work with attendees throughout the poster session. They must, however, be present during the 2 hours that the posters will be judged. The timing for the viewing of posters and actual judging will be provided on the day of set up.

Tips for Poster Session Displays

  • Posters should allow for a short presentation and stimulate discussion. Therefore, keep text to a minimum, emphasize graphics and photos, and make sure every item in your poster is necessary.
  • Draw a rough sketch of your poster first. You may find it helpful to use graph paper and post-it notes to better visualize where the components of your presentation will go.
  • Materials must easily be read from a distance of 4 feet. Ordinary type or carelessly prepared handwritten copy is unacceptable and will not be displayed. Use a font size of at least 26 points and double space.
  • Space your information proportionally by dividing your poster either horizontally or vertically into three or four sections. Then place related materials (e.g. photograph with accompanying text) close together and highlight it by framing with blank space.

Poster Competition Presentations & Judging

Friday, April 16, 2020 from 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Poster Competition Awards:

Undergraduate Clinical Case   First place: $200; Second place: $150; Third Place $100
Postgraduate Clinical Case   First place: $200; Second place: $150; Third Place $100
Undergraduate Materials Science  First place: $200
Postgraduate Materials Science First place: $200
Honorable Esthetic Achievement Poster Students Competition (HEAPS) 
Each University Educator Forum school and their faculty are invited to design and implement a poster competition that will showcase the clinical case work of their students of esthetic dentistry.  The details of the competition must be sent to the AACD for consideration of eligibility by Monday, January 4, 2021 to university@aacd.com, and the winners of each competition need to be determined by Monday, March 1, 2021.
To be considered for this HEAPS AWARD, the following conditions must be met:
  1. The awarded school must be an AACD University Educators’ Forum School and have a representative at the AACD Denver 2021 University Educators' Forum.
  2. The awarded school must present the award to the student at the graduation ceremony or at an appropriate awards ceremony where comparable awards are presented. They must send a photo of the student receiving the award to the AACD at university@aacd.com by June 4, 2021.
  3. The HEAPS award winners must attend the conference and will present their posters at the University Educator's Forum on Friday, April 16, 2021.  They must also display their poster in the designated area at the conference.
  4. Each award winner will receive a certificate from AACD and a monetary award of $500 USD. 
  5. The Award will only be available to the first 5 schools that identify a dental student that is judged by the school to have performed the best esthetic clinical case outcome. The files must be electronically sent to the attention of Poster Session Coordinator at email by Monday, March 1, 2021.It should include an abstract and color photographs of the full poster in digital format (PowerPoint best).
Although there is a deadline, please be aware that only the first 5 schools that identify and submit their student’s posters will be considered for this award. (No more than one student from each AACD University Educators’ Forum School is eligible)


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