According to ADA statistics, over 70% of practicing dentists in the United States are white. Recognizing the importance of creating and educating a more diverse group of dentists, The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) has been awarded a grant by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). 

The AADR Mentoring an Inclusive Network for a Diverse Workforce of the Future (AADR MIND the Future) program is seeking applicants from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. The network of mentors will support a “diverse pool of early-career investigators, including individuals from diverse backgrounds, in developing independent research careers dedicated to improving dental, oral, and craniofacial health,” according to the AADR.

How you can make a difference in the industry

After the application process closes on July 8th, ten participants and mentees will be chosen to commit at least 12 months of “intensive hands-on work, combining in-person sessions, with adjunctive distance-learning components.” 

Although only required to participate for one year, mentees will be strongly encouraged to extend their commitment to AADR MIND the Future program. The program will help mentor the next group of talented dentists while emphasizing the importance of diversity in the dental industry. 

For more information and to apply now, click here