Posted on October 29, 2010

3M ESPE launches new awards programme to invest in student dentistry

An exciting new awards programme is set to revolutionise the future of dentistry by investing in the very best dental students from across the UK and Ireland.

The 3M ESPE Student Dentistry Awards 2010-11 will promote the company’s core values of innovation, superior quality and service, by providing dental students with the opportunity to win financial support for research projects, electives and intercalated studies – as well as enhance their CVs.

These prestigious awards are open to all third-year students as well as those looking to undertake an intercalated degree in UK and Irish dental schools, through a new dedicated and interactive website, The site will encourage innovation and academic excellence by showcasing the 3M ESPE awards, which will invest in pioneering and high-achieving dental university students.

There are three categories in the 3M ESPE Student Dentistry Awards 2010-11 – the Award for Innovation, the National Award for Innovation and the Award for Intercalated Studies.

Both the 3M ESPE Award for Innovation and the 3M ESPE National Award for Innovation are open to third-year dental students. To enter, they must write 500 words describing their dental practice in the year 2020. They will be judged on their ability to demonstrate an innovative approach to their work, their consideration of future changes in general dentistry and their understanding of how the introduction of new technologies will help deliver better patient care.

One winner of the 3M ESPE Award for Innovation, each of which comes with a prize of £300 (354 EUR), will be chosen from every dental university in the UK and Ireland. From this pool of winners, a National Award for Innovation will be presented to one student, who will receive a further £500 (590 EUR).

The third category – the Award for Intercalated Studies, which comes with a prize bursary of £3500 (4130 EUR) – is judged on entrants’ intercalated year proposals, supported by a covering letter of no more than 300 words. Applicants will be judged on their ability to demonstrate an innovative approach to research and attention to patient care.

The awards are supported by leading dental practitioners and industry experts and are certain to enhance any dental student’s CV in the future.

All award winners will be invited to attend a dedicated awards ceremony in March 2011, where they will have the opportunity to network with leaders from across the dental industry.

In addition, all dental students registering their details on the website before the end of November 2010 will have the chance to win an Apple® iPad tablet computer to support them in their studies even if they are not applying for an award. For more details on this and the awards programme, visit 3M ESPE’s new dedicated student website at

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