Professionals Day

Held every March, Professionals Day is an event at which our dental students present their research and network with faculty, alumni, and industry representatives. Featuring a keynote speaker, oral and poster presentations and research awards, and visiting vendors, this event is a day dedicated to dental student involvement in the many facets of their chosen profession.

Professionals Day 2020: March 9, 2020

Professionals Day 2020 was a fantastic event. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Frequently Asked Questions

When and where is Professionals Day?

Professionals Day is held each year in March. The date can be confirmed via the Academic Calendar and DMD Schedules.

How do I register?

A registration form will be sent to all DMD and Graduate students at the School of Dental Medicine a few months before the event.

How should I prepare my presentation for Professionals Day?

Use the presentation tip sheet to help prepare. 

Where do I get help to make a poster?

Use the available poster template. Additional advice can be found in the presentation tip sheet.

General rules to consider:

  • Avoid walls of text
  • Less is more - A few well-presented key ideas is all you need
  • Keep it simple - Use color and font to highlight your work; don't let it distract from it

Where can I get more help?

Any questions not answered in this section can be directed to:

Dr. Catherine Demko ( - Research/Presentations

Gladys Ina ( - Professionals Day Administration

What awards are presented at the event?

Undergraduate (DMD) students are eligible for the Vibeke K. Nygaard Award for excellence in dental anatomy and masticatory dynamics, the OKU Award, the Guenther M. Hans Award for Presentations from the Platform, the GCDS Basic, Clinical, or Community Science Presentation Award, and the SCADA Award for Table Clinic Presentations, which comes with a trip to the annual ADA meeting. Graduate students are eligible for Nabil Bissada Graduate Student Awards.