American Student Dental Association

e-Newsletter of the American Student Dental Association 
 July 2012
Aug. 1 Deadline for Chapter Award 

The ASDA/Crest Oral-B Community Dentistry Awards will be presented to ASDA chapters for their excellence in designing and implementing oral health programs with groups that lack access to oral health education and dental care. Cash prizes in the amounts of $700, $500 and $300 will be given to chapters for first, second and third place at ASDA's 2013 Annual Session in Atlanta. In addition, each district that has 100 percent of their chapters participating in this program will receive $500 towards district activities.


Chapters will receive $100 in grant money to purchase supplies for their events. In order to earn the grant money, they must hold two outreach events before Dec. 31, 2012. Chapters must submit an intent form by Aug. 1 as well as a report of their program by Jan. 31. The intent form is available here. If you have any questions, contact Erin Kato, membership administrator, at  

Encourage Members to Apply for the
Ryan Turner Memorial Scholarship
Ryan Turner was a fourth year dental student at the University of Michigan and a former board member when he passed away suddenly in 2007. Ryan was passionate about dentistry and was a devoted member of ASDA since his first year of dental school. ASDA remembers Ryan Turner and his dedication to organized dentistry through an annual memorial scholarship in his honor. Each year, one ASDA predoctoral member is selected by the board of trustees to receive $1,000, along with $500 for his or her chapter. Application and other documents are due by Sept. 10, 2012. Read more here.
Note: national leaders are not eligible to apply.
National Leadership Conference  
National Leadership Conference
Registration Update

As of July 13, 35 chapters have registered for the National Leadership Conference. There are more than 265 students already signed up and we hope to have each school represented! If you missed the early bird deadline, you can still register by Sept. 21. For FAQs, an agenda and registration details, visit 

Resource of the Month: Budget Templates

As you begin to plan your events and activities for the year, you will need to determine your chapter's budget. The budget will guide the amount of revenue needed through fundraising, local dues and sponsorship to cover the costs of your activities. Use ASDA's sample budget on the chapter resources website to help.

ASDA Washington, D.C. Externs

Michael Capp (right), Minnesota '15, and Taylor Koren (left), Baylor '15, started their ASDA Washington, D.C. externship on July 9. Here they are in front of the White House on their way to work at the ADA office nearby.


Applications for the 2013 summer externships will be available in the fall and due in January. Go to the website for more information.   

Taylor Koren (Left) & Michael Capp 

Free Registration for 2012 ADA Annual Session

The 2012 ADA Annual Session will be held in San Francisco, Oct. 18-21. This is a great opportunity to grow as a leader in organized dentistry, and ASDA members receive free registration. At ADA Annual Session, you can find valuable skills and ideas that will help prepare you for your career.

  • Select from more than 280 continuing education courses, including courses designed specifically for new dentists as part of the New Dentist CE track. Topics in the New Dentist track include New Dentist Fast Track and Advanced Social Media Marketing Strategies.
  • Get inspired by the Opening General Session and Distinguished Speaker Series on Thursday, Oct. 18. The 2012 Distinguished Speakers will be:
    • Robert Reich, economic analyst, CNBC contributor, professor, author and former secretary of labor
    • George F. Will, America's foremost political columnist, author and winner of the Pulitzer Prize
  • Connect with other dental students and new dentists in a casual setting at the New Dentist Reception on Friday, Oct. 19.
Register at To learn more about everything ADA Annual Session has to offer, download a preliminary program here. Feel free to forward this e-mail to your ASDA chapter. Contact or 312-440-7470 for more information.

2012 Membership Exceeds 2011

As of June 30, ASDA has 19,634 members, including 18,769 predoctoral, 841 predental and 24 international dental student members. This total exceeds the membership numbers from June 2011 by 1,209 members. You can download a list of your chapter's current members using the Membership Directory. This list provides members' ASDA membership number and email address on file. If you have any questions regarding your chapter's membership totals, contact Erin Kato, membership administrator, at

New Chapter Leadership

This time of year, many chapters start electing their new officers for the year. Be sure to update the central office with this information so you receive important updates for your chapter. Please send the names and email addresses for your new leaders to Erin Kato, membership administrator, at

Membership FAQs
I graduated from dental school in May. What happens with my ASDA and ADA membership?

Since ASDA's membership runs on a calendar year, you are still a predoctoral member of ASDA until Dec. 31, 2012. This means, you are still eligible for the full benefits of ASDA, including health insurance, free life and disability insurance and our publications. Be sure to update your contact information with ASDA so you can continue to receive your benefits (see below for instructions on updating your address).


ADA membership also runs on a calendar year so your student membership does not expire until Dec. 31. However, now is the time to start planning your conversion from student to active ADA membership. You have several options, depending on your next step after graduation: 1) graduate student membership if you are going into a graduate program or residency; 2) tripartite membership through your state society, if you will be an associate, starting a practice, or faculty of a dental school; 3) federal dental service membership for those going into the armed forces or becoming a federal employee; and 4) provisional membership if you have graduated but haven't started a professional career yet. All categories have reduced rates. For details, visit   


How do I update my contact information?

There are three ways to update your contact information, including email address, with ASDA:

  1. Go online to and login as a member using your last name as your user name and ADA number as your password
  2. E-mail 
  3. Call 800-621-8099, ext. 2795

Who should I contact with questions or concerns?

Quote of the Month
The wisest mind has something yet to learn.
----George Santayana

This e-newsletter is sent to ASDA's national leaders, first and second delegates and dental school deans.
In This Issue
- Chapter Award Deadline
- Ryan Turner Memorial Scholarship
- NLC Registration Update
- Chapter Resource of the Month
- ASDA D.C. Externs
- ADA Annual Session
- 2012 Membership Exceeds 2011
- New Chapter Leadership
- Membership FAQs

May ASDA News
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August ASDA News coming soon.

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Upcoming Events

Nov. 2-4, 2012
National Leadership Conference
Chicago, Ill.

March 6-9, 2013
Annual Session 2013
Atlanta, Ga.
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