UW School of Dentistry

David Wands Fellowship

The David H. Wands Fellowship in Graduate Prosthodontics provides financial assistance to a student enrolled in the Graduate Prosthodontics program at the University of Washington School of Dentistry, leading to a Certificate in Prosthodontics and an MSD Degree.

Eligible candidates must be citizens of the United States who have earned either a DDS or a DMD degree from an approved dental school. Selection will be based upon outstanding scholarship, clinical excellence, high moral character, contributions to research and interest in an academic career.

Lunch celebrates 2014-15 Wands Fellow

Dr. David Wands (Prosthodontics ’72) hosted Dean Joel Berg and other guests for lunch in Seattle in October 2014 to celebrate the selection of Dr. Josh Manchester (’13) as recipient of the 2014-15 David H. Wands Fellowship in Graduate Prosthodontics at the School of Dentistry. Dr. Manchester is the ninth recipient of the $10,000 award at the UW.


Joining Dr. David Wands (third from left) were (from left) Dr. Hai Zhang, Dr. John Townsend, Dr. Josh Manchester, Dean Joel Berg and Dr. Kyle Schmidt, the 2006 Wands Fellow.


After receiving his DDS at the UW, Dr. Manchester completed a general practice residency at the University of Minnesota Physicians Dental Clinic. Once he obtains his Prosthodontics certification, he hopes to practice in Spokane with his wife and classmate, Dr. Elizabeth Manchester (’13), whom he met and married in dental school.

“I really appreciate Dr. Wands’ generosity in supporting the fellowship endowment,” Dr. Manchester said. “I think it makes a considerable difference to the specialty’s current residents who will become the future mentors of Prosthodontics.”

Dr. Wands, who was a UW School of Dentistry faculty member in the Department of Prosthodontics for 22 years, originally established the fellowship at the University of Maryland in 1994 in recognition of the shortage of dental school educators and to offer financial assistance to those interested in academic dentistry. In 1998, he launched a similar fellowship at the UW with a $500,000 commitment. Since the fellowship’s inception at Maryland, a total of 13 awards have been made.

In 1967, Dr. Wands graduated with honors from the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, University of Maryland, and afterward served for seven years with the U.S. Public Health Service. He then returned to the University of Washington as a half-time faculty member and taught both undergraduate and graduate Prosthodontics, achieving the rank of Clinical Professor.