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Distinguished Mentorship in Gerontology Award
The Distinguished Mentorship in Gerontology Award is given to individuals who have fostered excellence in, and had a major impact on, the field by virtue of their mentoring, and whose inspiration is sought by students and colleagues. The mentor must have had an influence on graduate, undergraduate, or professional students or junior colleagues, as evidenced by the number and accomplishments of his or her proteges. The nominee's influence on the next generation of gerontologists also may be evident through training programs, research on and written materials associated with pedagogy (e.g., textbooks, articles), supervising research, or providing clinical training.

May 1st
  • Nominees must be (or if retired, must have been) a member of the BSS Section.
  • A formal nomination letter summarizing the mentor's influence on students and colleagues.
  • A list of the nominee's proteges, their occupations, and their accomplishments.
  • No more than four (4) additional endorsements.
    • The letters should be written by the nominee's protege's.
    • The letters should be selected to reflect the range of the nominee's influence.
    • The letters should provide specific information about mentoring, rather than focusing on the nominee's other professional accomplishments.
  • A current Curriculum Vitae.

In order to nominate someone for the BSS Distinguished Mentorship Award, please send your nomination packet to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with a subject of "Dist. Mentor Award Nomination - NOMINEE NAME HERE." Please remember to substitute your nominee's name in the subject.