Awards

James E. Brophy Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award was established by the Board of Directors of the American Association of Orthodontists in 1963 and was renamed the James E. Brophy AAO Distinguished Service Award by the House of Delegates in 1986. The award is presented to those who, in the judgment of the Award Committee, have made contributions to orthodontics in addition to other valuable and devoted services to the Association and to its membership.

Humanitarian Award

The Humanitarian Award was established by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) in 2011. The award recognizes significant contributions to improve the quality of human life that extend beyond the usual scope of private practice, academic functions or organized dentistry.

AAO Outstanding Contribution Award

The AAO Distinguished Service Award Committee is requesting nominations for the AAO Outstanding Contribution Award for 2020. The Committee is composed of the eight most recent past presidents, each representing one of the eight constituent organizations. Nominations may come from the following sources:

Click here to begin the nomination process for the Outstanding Contribution Award.

Milo Hellman Research Award

The Milo Hellman Research Award was established by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) in 1958. Prior to 1958, the award was referred to as the Research Essay Contest. The Milo Hellman Research Award is open to any United States AAO member, Canadian AAO member or any person affiliated with an ADA or CDA accredited orthodontic program serving as a teacher, researcher or graduate student/resident. The award is for an original investigation that gives some new and significant material of value to the art and science of orthodontics.

The application for this award is available in March. The deadline to apply is October 1.
View past winners of the Milo Hellman Research Award.

Harry Sicher Research Award

The Harry Sicher Research Award was established by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) in 1976. The Harry Sicher Research Award is open to any graduate student/resident affiliated with an ADA or CDA accredited orthodontic program. These awards are for research efforts performed during graduate orthodontic education at the Certificate, Masters or PhD levels. The award is for an original investigation of significance and value to the art and science of orthodontics.

The application for this award is available in March. The deadline to apply is October 1.
View past winners of the Harry Sicher Research Award.

Lifetime Achievement Award in Orthodontic Research

The Lifetime Achievement Award in Orthodontic Research was established by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) in 2015. The award recognizes those individuals who have made significant contributions to the science related to the specialty of orthodontics over the course of their lifetime.

Click here to begin the nomination process for the Lifetime Achievement Award in Orthodontic Research.

Thomas M. Graber Awards of Special Merit

The Thomas M. Graber Awards of Special Merit was established by the AAO in 2002. Applicants for the Harry Sicher Research Award will be considered for the Thomas M. Graber Awards of Special Merit.

The application for this award is available in March. The deadline to apply is October 1.
View past winners of the Thomas M. Graber Awards of Special Merit.

Charley Schultz Resident Scholar Award

The Charley Schultz Resident Scholar Award program is sponsored by Dentsply GAC and was established by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) in 2004. The Charley Schultz Resident Scholar Award offers an opportunity to graduate students/residents to present clinical science and basic science research using narrative material and a Posterboard.

The application for this award is available in January. The deadline to apply is March 1.
View past winners of the Charley Schultz Resident Scholar Award.

Research Awards – AAO Initiatives Supporting Orthodontic Education

The AAO and the AAOF have collaborated to support fellowship awards and grant programs for orthodontic residents, students and junior faculty at accredited graduate orthodontic residency programs.

Click here to learn more and to apply for Research Awards and Fellowships.