The Patty and Paul Levi Research Award

Levi Award Application
Recipient History


A $5,000 one-time award to a predoctoral student.


Eligibility is restricted to a predoctoral student or students in a dental school with a periodontal faculty or resident member as a mentor/principal investigator. The dental school does not need to have a postdoctoral periodontal program but the research must be done through their Department of Periodontology. The research and associated research project proposal must be completed prior to their application. The applicant may still submit an application after graduating as long as the research was done while they were predoctoral students. Immediate family members of the AAP Foundation Board of Directors, officers, and selection committee members are not eligible to apply for the fellowship. The award is not to be used to replace support that would have normally been provided by the recipient's institution. The award should be considered a supplement to any salary, stipend or research support.


Candidates may apply by June 1st through the link below.

Application for the Patty & Paul Levi Research Award


  • Current CV for both the predoctoral student and the faculty member
  • A 750-word maximum personal statement by the predoctoral student addressing their experience, research interests, and why they are interested in periodontics
  • A 7-10 page research project proposal


The applications will be reviewed by a selection committee appointed by the AAP Foundation President. Applicants will receive news about their application status within a month of their deadline.


The Patty & Paul Levi Research Award provides an annual $5,000 award to a predoctoral student or students doing research related to preventative periodontology and being mentored by a periodontal faculty member.

The research project must be completed by a predoctoral student or students with the periodontal faculty mentor as principal investigator. A postdoctoral periodontal resident may be part of the team.

The research should be associated with prevention of periodontal or peri-implant diseases. Prevention can be defined broadly to include epidemiologic studies, studies involving teaching non-surgical periodontology to undergraduate students especially in the first year of their dental school training, non-surgical periodontal therapy, or providing information about periodontal diseases to the public especially to students.

Levi Research Awardees are expected to submit their research to the American Academy of Periodontology requesting inclusion in the AAP Annual Meeting Program. Support the Patty and Paul Levi Research Award here.


Patty Levi has supported Paul for nearly fifty years in his endeavor to teach and practice periodontology. After they were married Paul entered the post-doctoral periodontal program Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM). They moved to Burlington, Vermont where Paul taught at the University of Vermont Dental Hygiene School for 27 years. Paul then began teaching at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and he and Patty would drive to Boston for two days. After nine years of teaching at Harvard, Paul accepted a half-time position at TUSDM, while still teaching several days a year at Harvard. They are very honored to have this named award and feel strongly that it will enhance the knowledge of preventive dentistry and periodontology to students and to the public.

For More Information

If you have additional questions regarding any AAP Foundation Awards, please contact:

Ariel A. Medoff, MA, MLIS
Awards Coordinator
American Academy of Periodontology Foundation
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Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 800-282-4867, ext. 3254 or 312-573-3254
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Inspiring Stories
Gustavo Avila Ortiz


“I feel better and better each day that I teach. I consider myself a privileged individual for having a job that I love in a wonderful institution. At the same time, having the ability to positively influence the careers and lives of the students with whom I interact makes it feel even better. My own personal experiences as a student helped me understand the importance of mentorship, therefore, I try my best to inspire and support pre- and post-doctoral students alike. I think my progression over the past two years has been tremendous in part because of the peace of mind afforded by the AAP Foundation Teaching Fellowship I was awarded in 2011; I can focus on being the best teacher and researcher I can be without worrying about finances,” says Gustavo Avila-Ortiz, DDS, MS, PhD. 


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