Student Membership

Student Membership Benefits

Some Valuable Counsel to Students . . .   

from the Academy’s Founder:   Dr. Gordon J. Christensen

Just over 40 years ago, I was asked by Church leaders to form an organization for the many dentists in the LDS community. This had never been done before that time. We did so, and the Academy has been in successful operation since 1977.

You may know that our profession is represented in the Church to a much higher level than any other health profession.  Dentistry is a highly popular career choice among LDS students, and dentists within the Church hold a high percentage of Church and civic leadership positions wherever they reside.

If I were you, soon to be a dentist, why would I want to become a member of the Academy?  I have enumerated several important points that I know will spark your interest:

Continuing Education

The day you graduate from dental school, you will have received a great education, adequate to begin a practice.  However, we are told that within five years, one-half of your education will be out of date.

The Academy has the best CE program in the profession, provided in an August conference just before BYU’s Campus Education Week.  Over many years, we have had hundreds of the best international speakers in the profession present at our program.  Also, the conference includes programs for spouses and children, great fellowshipping, and a wonderful dinner and spiritual fireside.


Regardless of where you set up your practice, from time to time it will be necessary to refer patients to dentists in other geographic locations.  You know of the honesty and altruistic behavior of LDS members. What better referral base can you find?

Service Opportunities

The Academy sponsors hands-on service excursions around the world. Hundreds of Academy members have participated in these life-changing experiences.  As soon as you are stable in your practice, such programs will become very attractive to you.

Speaking Opportunities

The Academy has sponsored CE courses for thousands of dentists in developing countries.  Academy members go each year to provide these useful programs to dentists of every faith.

Combining Professional Activity and Your Faith

I know that you will enjoy the opportunity to renew school friendships and create new ones with Academy members from around the world.  The combination of the eternal characteristics of our faith with professional activity is a fantastic blessing to both patients and dentists.

I am pleased to add to your knowledge of an organization I know will be of interest to you, the Academy of LDS Dentists, and to invite you to become a student member at no charge. 

Furthermore, there will be no charge for membership to the Academy for two years after you graduate from dental school. We hope you will join.

Thanks for taking a moment to learn about what I consider to be one of the finest dental organizations available to YOU.

Very sincerely,

Gordon J. Christensen, DDS, MSD, PhD
Founder and Past President
Academy of LDS Dentists

P.S.  If your school has an Academy’s Student Chapter – sign-up!   If it doesn’t, get together with your classmates and create one.  The Academy can help you!

Become a Student Member of the Academy Today!

Scholarship Info

“2021 Annual Conference Scholarship”

Applications for DENTAL STUDENTS now accepted through April 15th!

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Applications for dental HYGIENE STUDENTS now accepted through April 1st!

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Applications for NEW GRADUATES now accepted through May 15th!

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Dental Students: This is a unique scholarship that provides an exceptional opportunity for a dental student to attend the Academy of LDS Dentists 44th Annual Conference on August 13-14, 2021 in Provo, Utah. The awarded funds can be used to reimburse conference registration fees and travel expenses incurred by the student and/or spouse to attend the annual conference, or for whatever other financial needs the student may have. Amount of “Annual Conference Scholarship” award: $1,500.

1. Be a current student member of the Academy of LDS Dentists. There is no charge for student membership; however, it is required to be eligible for the scholarship. If you haven’t already done so, visit and follow the prompts to register as a student member of the Academy by April 15th;

2. Have completed at least two years of dental school before conference dates (current sophomore standing);

3. Have no previous award of Academy “annual conference” scholarship.

DEADLINE for DENTAL STUDENT scholarship applications is April 15, 2021.  Recipients will be notified by May 30, 2021.

Questions? Contact the Academy at 801.889.7012 or

Hygiene students:  ANNUAL CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIP WITH $1,000 SCHOLARSHIP CHECK: Dental Hygiene students receive free conference registration for the Academy of LDS Dentists annual conference on August 13-14, 2021, held in Provo, Utah and a $1,000  scholarship check after attendance at the conference. The money can be used any way the recipient desires. **Please note: Recipients of the scholarship must attend the full conference to be eligible for the scholarship.

1.  Have completed two semesters of dental hygiene school by conference date of August 13, 2021

2. Have at least one full semester left after the August 2021 conference

3. Be a student member of the Academy of LDS Dentists. (Membership is FREE, but it is required. To register, visit and sign up as a student member by April 1, 2021

** Criteria will be based on merit, financial need, and potential for contribution to the dental profession.

DEADLINE for HYGIENE  STUDENT scholarship applications is April 1, 2021.  Recipients will be notified by May 30, 2021.

Questions? Contact the Academy at 801.889.7012 or

New Graduates:

ANNUAL CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIP: This is a unique scholarship that provides an exceptional opportunity for a recent graduate dentist to receive complimentary conference registration to attend the Academy of LDS Dentists 44TH Annual Conference on August 13-14, 2021 in Provo, Utah.

As this is a conference scholarship, please check your schedule and confirm that the dates of August 13-14, 2021 are open on your calendar to attend the 2-day conference. Visit to learn more about the Academy and the conference.


1. Be a current recent graduate, dentist or hygienist member of the Academy of LDS Dentists. Recent graduate membership is free through the end of the 2nd year after graduation, but it is required to be eligible for the scholarship. If you haven’t already done so, visit and follow the prompts to register as a member of the Academy by June 15, 2021;

2. Have graduated from dental school or dental hygiene school in 2019, 2020, or 2021;


The Scholarship Review Committee will evaluate each application with careful and thoughtful contemplation. Recipients of scholarship awards will be notified by June 15, 2021.

Questions? Contact the Academy at 801.889.7012 or

List of Student Chapters


Here is the most recent list of student chapters and chapter presidents for the Academy of LDS Dentists. A few of the schools don’t show a president. This indicates that the school did have a chapter at one time, but isn’t currently active. If you are interested in serving as chapter president at a school that is listed  (or would like to start a chapter at your school), please e-mail the Academy at We’d love to have you on board!

StateSchool (shortened/common name)LastFirst
AB|CanUniversity of Alberta School of Dentistry
AZ 1ATSU – AZ School of Dentistry and Oral Health
AZ 2Midwestern U. School of DentistryStandringGarrett
CA 1Loma Linda University School of DentistryNielsenConner
CA 2UCLA School of DentistryJustin GriffithsTroy Monson
CA 3Univ. of CA at San Francisco School of Dentistry
CA 4University of the Pacific Dental SchoolHazardTyson
CA 5USC – Ostrow School of DentistryLangDean
CA 6Western University
COUniversity of CO at Denver School of Dental MedicineLindsayJason
FL 1NOVA College of Dental Medicine
FL 2LECOM School of DentistryTaylorSpencer
GAEmory University School of Dentistry
IAUniversity of Iowa School of DentistryPetersonNate
ILMidwestern Downers Grove Dental School
INIndiana University School of DentistryJakeBradford
KY 1University of Kentucky College of Dentistry
KY 2University of Louisville School of Dentistry
LALouisiana State University School of DentistryMarkWhatcott
MA 1Boston University School of Dental Medicine
MA 2Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
MDUniversity of Maryland School of Dentistry
MIUniversity of Michigan School of DentistryAtsittyNatani
MNUniversity of Minnesota School of Dentistry
MO 1University of MO at Kansas City School of Dentistry
MO 2ATSU – Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health
NCUniversity of North CarolinaOliversonTrevor
NECreighton University School of DentistryUttechSteven
NVUniversity of NV at Las Vegas School of Dental MedicineLordsAdam
NYUniversity of Buffalo School of Dental MedicinePalmerSean
NYColumbia UniversityMooreTyler
OH 1Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine
OH 2Ohio State University College of Dentistry
OKOklahoma University HSC’s College of DentistryNicholsBrock
OROregon Health SciencesBradfordNick
PA 1Temple University School of Dentistry
PA 2University of Pennsylvania School of DentistryWilliamsRussell
PA3University of Pittsburg School of DentistryMunkDevan
PRUniversity of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine
SCMedical University of South Carolina School of Dentistry
TNUniversity of TennesseeSextonTrey
TX 1University of TX HSC – Houston School of DentistryWorkmanJayson
TX 2University of TX HSC – San Antonio School of DentistryTrejoEaston
TX 3Baylor University School of Dental MedicineJuddJacob
UT 1Roseman University College of Dental MedicineRheesMichael
UT 2University of Utah School of DentistryBybeeBraden
VAVirginia Commonwealth University School of DentistryTownsendTanner
WIMarquette University
WAWashington University School of DentistryNelsonLuke
DH/CanadaDalhouise UniversityKentRyan

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For e-mail addresses of the above presidents, or to let us know of any updates that should be made to this list, e-mail Kristen at

Resources for Students

The Academy is Here to help Students

The leaders of the Academy of LDS Dentists are impressed with the current group of students of dentistry and their enthusiasm for developing a ph
ilosophy of providing humanitarian service.  We are pleased with the leadership and initiative that is forth-coming from this group of dental professionals.  This is one of the reasons why we offer free membership in the Academy throughout the students’ training and for two years after graduation.

There are many tools available from the Academy, which can help students learn the techniques of providing service and formulate a life-long pattern of proper skills.

Since humanitarian service projects in foreign countries come with a great deal of financial and time commitment, students are encouraged to look for opportunities locally, until the time is such that one can afford to donate this service.  In the mean time, the following resources might help the student understand the resources available through the Academy:

  • If students are involved with a Student Chapter of the Academy, the Chapter President can “check out” one of the many training DVDs presented by the Academy’s founder Dr. Gordon J. Christensen to be shown at a training session for the chapter students.  Students who participate in a Student Chapter of the Academy find it valuable to interact with others of the same belief, challenges, and aspirations.  The Academy will help students start their own Chapter, if there isn’t one available at their school.
  • Written materials appear periodically that are valuable in training the dental professional in how service projects should be developed.  Student members receive, free of charge, the email Publications of the Academy, which include the monthly Academy Headlines and biannual Academy Examiner newsletter.
  • Each year the Academy offers Student Scholarships to dental and hygiene students each year to qualified individuals.  This demonstrates our support in helping the students with the increasing costs of education.
  • Mentor Program. Do you have questions about school-related topics, setting up a practice, good business ethics? These are just some of the things a mentor can give you guidance about. This is an exciting new program available to young dentists in their first three years of dental practice or for dental students.  The Academy has seasoned dentists who have volunteered to be mentors and will pair you up with a mentor. Due to the high volume of requests, our mentor program is not currently taking requests. We are working to have more mentors available – please check back soon!
  • Students can receive a subscription to the Gordon J. Christensen’s Clincians Report for FREE (a $149/year value). The registration process includes an option to request the Clinicians Report.
  • The chapter on “Third-World Volunteer Dentistry”was written by Dr. Richard Smith, at the request of Dr. Karl R. Koerner, both members of the Academy, and was published to assist dentists involved with dental humanitarian service.  It outlines the preparation and planning, which should take place for a project, and details tools and skills to treat this unique population of needy patients.
  • Our 6-part Collection of Service Videos teaches the viewer about the practical and how-to instructions of serving patients around the world and are worth the time to watch them.
  • If questions arise, which cannot be answered from advisers or professors, students can contact the Academy leadership at at and we’ll do our best to answer your question or link you with someone who can.


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