The Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization offers an award for the best interdisciplinary research paper on a topic related to aging by a GSA student member. Some examples might include how the biological aspects of aging are related to the social consequences of aging; using a theoretical perspective such as life course theory to explain various outcomes of communication and aging; or how public policy affects clinical, biological or psychological aspects of aging. Papers may be empirical or theoretical.

Submission Period: Summer

Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must submit an abstract for the Annual Scientific Meeting.

  • The abstract must be accepted for the meeting.
  • The student must present at the Annual Scientific Meeting.
  • Once accepted, the applicant must submit an article-length manuscript to compete for the award.
  • The manuscript must identify the institution with which the student is affiliated.
  • If the manuscript was co-authored, the submission must include a statement from any additional authors verifying that the work is primarily the applicant’s work.

Self-Nomination Process

In order to apply for the ESPO Interdisciplinary Paper Award, upload two copies of your paper (one blind for review, one not), abstract control ID number, and a statement from co-authors.

Nature of the Award

The recipient receives $250, a certificate, and is recognized at the ESPO Business Meeting and Breakfast at the Annual Scientific Meeting.

Previous Awardees