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Who can enter the VOLPE Prize competition?

Any person who is registered as a student in an accredited dental school or dental post-graduate program in North and South America as well as graduates of those institutions who have completed training no later than June 30, 2017.

When and where is the site for the VOLPE Prize? 

The competition will be held at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio on April 20, 2018. Travel grants of $500 U.S. Dollars will be awarded to the finalists to travel to Columbus.

What is Awarded? 

$3,500 U.S. Dollars will be awarded to the winner of the competition.

$2,500 US Dollars will be awarded to the 2nd place participant.

$1,500 US Dollars will be awarded to the 3rd place participant.

What are the guidelines for VOLPE Abstract submission? 

VOLPE Abstracts must summarize research performed following matriculation into dental school and/or an advanced dental education program. The presenter must provide a statement (from the advisor or the program chairman) that he/she contributed the sole/major effort on the research being presented. Original materials or abstracts that have been previously published or presented may be submitted. Only one author can be identified on the Abstract. All other members of the research team, including the advisor must be acknowledged as having contributed to the effort. The VOLPE Abstract must be written in English and must fit in to the space provided by the abstract box (approx. 450 words). Abstracts that do not conform to font size or space limitations will be returned to the author. The Abstract should contain the following sections: hypothesis/objective, materials and methods, results and summary and conclusions which include information on the clinical relevance of the project. Each institution is responsible for determining which research projects will be selected for submission. Detailed abstract submission guidelines are posted under Submit a VOLPE Abstract.

How are VOLPE Abstracts evaluated? 

VOLPE Abstracts will be appraised by judges who will be blinded to the identity of the competitors. Evaluation criteria include:

  1. originality and design of the investigation
  2. suitability of the methods used
  3. quality of data
  4. demonstration of clinical relevance
  5. lucidity of writing

How is the Oral Presentation evaluated? 

Each finalist will have 15 minutes to present their data followed by 10 minutes of questioning by the judges. The Oral Presentation will be evaluated on the originality of the research presented, the hypothesis, the quality of the materials and methods used in the project, the interpretation of the results, the quality of the presentation, the quality of the audiovisual aids, competence in answering the questions, the presenter’s understanding and mastery of all aspects of the research and its implications-both clinical and scientific. Each Oral Presentation will be scored by each judge.

How will the winner of the VOLPE Prize be selected?

 The winner of the VOLPE Prize will be selected on the basis of the: 

  • submitted abstract (20%) 
  • oral presentation (80%)

What are the important dates? 

March 1, 2018: Abstracts must be submitted to the web site or be received via mail to:

The Ohio State University College of Dentistry
Division of Periodontology
305 W. 12th Ave.,  Room 4129
Columbus, OH 43210

March 6, 2018: Review of Abstracts by judges. 
March 13, 2018: Finalists will be announced.
April 19, 2018: VOLPE Prize reception 
April 20, 2018: Oral competition at The Ohio State University
April 20, 2018: VOLPE Prize Awards Banquet

What is the definition of the clinical research that can be submitted for the VOLPE Prize?

Clinical research: Research based on humans and designed to answer questions about health and disease. In addition to direct examination of individual patients and populations, it includes the study of biological samples and personal data deriving from the individuals concerned. It also includes research on volunteers, or on populations of apparently healthy individuals, where such study relates to a disease process being investigated.

Experimental medicine: Investigation undertaken in humans, relating where appropriate to model systems, to identify mechanisms of pathophysiology or disease, or to demonstrate proof-of-concept evidence of the validity and importance of new discoveries or treatments.

Population sciences: Investigation undertaken in populations (e.g. descriptive epidemiology, cohorts, randomised trials, and case-control designs involving people) to identify mechanisms of health or disease, or to test the validity and importance of new discoveries, interventions, or treatments.

Translational research: The process of the bidirectional transfer of knowledge between basic work (in the laboratory and elsewhere) with that in the whole patient. Translational research ranges from exploring fundamental scientific questions and applying the resulting knowledge to the patient, to bringing insights from studies in the patient back to the laboratory in model systems for further exploration. These efforts will lead to better understanding of the mechanisms of disease and the maintenance of health, as well as to new methods of diagnosing, treating and preventing disease.