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grants and prizes

Dental Undergraduate Essay Prize

Deadline- 31 January 


Undergraduate BDS students will be invited to submit a 2,000-word essay on a topic:


2023-24 Essay Topic: 

'Prognostic factors in oral cancer'

The deadline for applications is 31 January (each year).  

  1. The Council will award the prize on the recommendation of a panel of three BSOMP members appointed annually for this purpose and such additional assessors as the Council may wish to appoint.

  2. Applicants will be judged on their approach to and critical analysis of the topic, their knowledge of the literature and their ability to write and construct an argument.

  3. The value of the prize will be £100; the assessors, at their discretion, may divide the prize if two or more entries cannot be separated. 

  4. The list of candidates will remain confidential and only the name(s) of the winner/joint winners of the award will be made public.

  5. Candidates should submit their essay together with a ‘Turnitin’ report and a letter of support from their Head of School or delegated individual confirming the work is the candidates own and indicating their year and course of study.

  6. The winning candidate will be invited to attend the next BSOMP Annual Meeting and receive the prize (if a face to face meeting is planned). The expenses for this will be covered by the BSOMP.


  • The scheme is open to any undergraduate bachelor of dental surgery (BDS) students in the UK and Ireland.


A complete essay submission consists of three components:


  1. The 2000 word essay

  2. A letter of support from the Head of School (or delegated individual)

  3. A Turnitin report

​Complete essay submissions should be emailed to the Honorary Secretary by 31st January.

Professor Ali Khurram




2022-23'Artificial intelligence and the future of oral pathology' 

WINNER- Boris Tibekin (University of Newcastle)

2021-22'Discuss PD-L1 and it's use in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma' 

WINNER- Penny Critchley (University of Dundee)


2020-21'How does pathology bridge the gap between basic science and clinical dentistry?' 

WINNER- Samuel Tan (King's College, London)


2019-20'Should dental students be taught pathology?' 

WINNER- Mohammed Al Bux (University of Sheffield)

2018-19- 'The role of the pathologist in the management of oral cancer'. 

WINNER- Pei Rong Chua (University of Glasgow)

2017-18- 'The role of HPV in orohparyngeal cancer'. 

WINNER- Polly-Anna Bury (University of Sheffield)

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