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Senior Colgate Prize

Senior Colgate Prize

Colgate Oral Health Network generously offers a cash award of £500 for the best oral presentation by an early career dental researcher. In addition, in order to reward the department in which the research was performed, Colgate will also provide a £5000 research award to the prize-winner’s Department to support postgraduate research in the coming year. It is expected that the department will submit a report to the BSODR outlining how they intend to use the award. This should be completed in a timely manner.


Prize entrants should be a postgraduate student or early career researcher within five years of obtaining a PhD. Papers may be co-authored, although the applicant should be responsible for at least 75% of the work presented. The research will primarily have been carried out in a UK university or research establishment. In order to be considered for the competition, the entrant’s research may not have been published prior to submission (papers under consideration are acceptable).

Previous successful recipients of the prize will not be eligible to enter in future years.

Submission Process

Please submit a 300 word abstract for the meeting via the abstract submission site (see events page for details).
For the Senior Colgate prize, you are also required to submit a manuscript of approximately 1500 words summarising your research presentation. This should be submitted within two weeks of your abstract being accepted. The manuscript should follow a standard format of Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion and relevant references. Include relevant images of the results you intend to include in your presentation.

The front page of your manuscript should include a second copy of your abstract, including names of all authors and their affiliations. Clearly display your own name as the presenting applicant for the prize. Please submit your manuscript as a single pdf document. This must be sent to Dr Lynne Bingle (Chair of Awards) by email:

Due to the high popularity of this prize the BSODR now reviews all manuscripts in order to triage entries prior to the meeting. Manuscripts will be sent out for review and scored. Based on these scores approximately eight of the applicants for this prize will be invited to present their research as part of the Senior Colgate oral prize session at the meeting. Those not selected will still be able to present their research as part of the general scientific programme.

Submissions are only accepted from the researcher wishing to be considered for the prize. Submissions made by co-authors or supervisors on the applicant’s behalf will not be considered. The email address through which the submission is made will be used as the address for all future correspondence.

The prize will be judged on the quality of the manuscript submission and an oral presentation given during the BSODR Annual Meeting.

Some BSODR Prize competitions will be held during special sessions that can precede the main body of the meeting. Entrants are strongly advised to bear this in mind when making travel arrangements and contact the Chair of the BSODR Awards before finalising their itinerary.


It is the policy of the BSODR to provide informal feedback on the judging process to the prize entrants, if requested. Queries should be made in the first instance to the Chair of the BSODR Awards: Dr Lynne Bingle (

Eligibility Statement

For all prizes, applicants must be able to answer in the affirmative to the following questions:

1. That you only entered be considered for one of the BSODR prize;

2. That the studies to be presented were undertaken whilst affiliated to a UK based University (research may involve work in collaboration with colleagues abroad, but your home institution should be based in the UK);

3. That (depending on the award) you are either a undergraduate student, postgraduate student, or researcher in the early stages of your research career (ie research student or postdoctoral researcher, research fellow or newly appointed lecturer within 5 years from award of your PhD);

4. That you can claim at least 75% input into the study (i.e. that data collection is wholly from your effort, but allowing for expected academic input from supervisors and the rest of the research team named on the abstract);

5. You are a fully paid member of the BSODR/IADR;

6. That you are available to present at the relevant meeting.

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