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Society-Wide Awards

The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) fosters new ideas, recognizes leadership in gerontological teaching and service, and salutes both outstanding and potential research through a host of awards. The Society's awards program has a dual purpose; honoring outstanding leaders in the field of gerontology and focusing attention on new developments in the area of aging. In a way, the Society's award winners serve as milestones in the history and development of gerontology.

The multidisciplinary breadth of the Society's membership is reflected in the awards maintained by GSA. Some awards honor outstanding achievement in gerontology irrespective of discipline, such awards are listed herein. Nomination for any society-wide award will be accepted from December 1, 2017 until March 31, 2018.


Donald P. Kent Award

Donald P. KentThe Donald P. Kent Award is given annually to a member of The Gerontological Society of America who best exemplifies the highest standards for professional leadership in gerontology through teaching, service, and interpretation of gerontology to the larger society. The award was created in 1973 in memory of Donald P. Kent for his outstanding leadership in translating research findings into practical use.

The recipient of the Kent Award presents a lecture at the Society's Annual Scientific Meeting the following year. The Kent Award Lecture is one of the highlights of the Society's Annual Scientific Meeting.

Deadline
March 31, 2018 

Requirements

  • Must be a Fellow of the Society (GSA).
  • Formal nomination letter.
  • A current Curriculum Vitae.
  • No more than five (5) letters of endorsements.

Nomination Process
The nominator is responsible for submitting a complete award nomination at the following link: http://bit.ly/2018GSAAwards

Past Recipients' Lectures
"Seizing Interdisciplinary Opportunities in the Changing Landscape of Health and Aging: A Social Work Perspective," by Barbara Berkman, is a revision of the Kent Award Lecture given at the Annual Meeting of The Gerontological Society of America held in New Orleans, Louisiana, in November 2010.

"The State of Gerontology—Opus One," by Scott Bass, is a revision of the Kent Award Lecture given at the Annual Meeting of The Gerontological Society of America held in San Diego, California, in November 2012.

Past Awardees: View here


Robert W. Kleemeier Award

kleemeier2The Robert W. Kleemeier Award is given annually to a member of The Gerontological Society of America in recognition for outstanding research in the field of gerontology. The award, created in 1965, is in memory of a former president of the Society whose contributions to the quality of life through research in aging were exemplary.

The recipient of the Kleemeier Award presents a lecture at the Society's Annual Scientific Meeting the following year. The Kleemeier Award Lecture is one of the highlights of the Society's Annual Scientific Meeting.

Deadline
March 31, 2018 

Requirements

  • Must be a Fellow of the Society (GSA).
  • Formal nomination letter.
  • A current Curriculum Vitae.
  • No more than five (5) letters of endorsements.

Nomination Process
The nominator is responsible for submitting a complete award nomination at the following link: http://bit.ly/2018GSAAwards 

Past Awardees: View here


M. Powell Lawton Award

lawton2The M. Powell Lawton Award, sponsored by The Polisher Research Institute of the Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life, recognizes outstanding contributions from applied gerontological research that have benefited older people and their care. The award was established to honor the memory of the late M. Powell Lawton, PhD, director emeritus of the Polisher Research Institute and a leading figure in aging research.

The award is presented at the GSA's Annual Scientific Meeting to an individual who exemplifies Dr. Lawton's personal and professional qualities, and whose contributions in gerontology have led to innovations in gerontological treatment, practice or service, prevention, or amelioration of symptoms or barriers. Individuals who have influenced public policy changes or demonstrated leadership in defining and implementing a creative program that led to improvement in the lives of older persons are also eligible.

The awardee receives a $2,500 cash prize and certificate, and presents a lecture at the GSA's Annual Scientific Meeting the following year. In addition, if the awardee has no support for attending the meeting, up to $1,000 can be made available for travel and per diem expenses.

Nominations of candidates in the early or mid stages of their careers are encouraged. Nominations should be responsive to the following guidelines:

  • Description and documentation of the nominee's contribution, including originality and creativity.
  • Demonstration of the innovation's positive impact over a sustained period.
  • Evidence of replication by others or dissemination.
  • The significance of the contribution in improving the lives of older persons.
  • An explanation of how the candidate exemplifies the qualities of the late M. Powell Lawton, including evidence of leadership, commitment to mentorship, humility, and respect.

Deadline
March 31, 2018 

Requirements

  • The nominator must be a member of GSA, however nominees can be nonmembers.
  • Formal nomination letter.
  • A current Curriculum Vitae.
  • Two letters of endorsement.

Nomination Process
The nominator is responsible for submitting a complete award nomination at the following link: http://bit.ly/2018GSAAwards

Past Recipient Lecture
"Aging Well and the Environment: Toward an Integrative Model and Research Agenda for the Future," by Hans-Werner Wahl, Susanne Iwarsson, and Frank Oswald, is a revision of the M. Powell Lawton Award Lecture delivered at the Annual Meeting of The Gerontological Society of America held in in New Orleans, Louisiana, in November 2010.

Past Awardees: View here


nyctMaxwell A. Pollack Award for Productive Aging

The Maxwell A. Pollack Award for Productive Aging recognizes instances of practice informed by research and analysis, research that directly improved policy or practice, and distinction in bridging the worlds of research and practice. An individual who is mid-career and actively engaged in the conception and development of innovative programs that demonstrate excellence in translating research into practical application or policy is eligible for this award. The individual should be visionary in his/her approach to meeting current and critical needs of an older population in new and creative ways.

The award is presented at the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting. The awardee will also be expected to give a presentation about the program for which the award was received. The award includes a cash award of $8,600, certificate, travel reimbursement and a symbolic emblem. This award is funded by the New York Community Trust through a generous gift from Maxwell A. Pollack Fund.

Deadline
March 31, 2018 

Requirements

  • Must be nominated by, or the nomination must be supported by a member of GSA.
  • Formal Nomination Letter should include the following 2 sections:
    • Major accomplishment of candidate in bridging the worlds of research with policy and/or practice (one page or less).  This document should answer the following question:  What is the research?
    • Proposer's Statement of past and potential contribution to aging and gerontology (three pages or less), with a detailed description of the specific example(s) of bridging practice and research.  This document should answer the following question:  What is the nominee's career?  The Proposer's Statement should include:
      • The policy or practice change that occurred and why the contribution is significant.
      • The research upon which the policy or practice change is based.
      • The significant contributions of the research to this policy and/or practice.
      • The potential impact of this change on the lives of older people.
      • The broader impact or potential for replication.
  • A current Curriculum Vitae
  • A minimum of two (2) letters of endorsement in addition to the Formal Nomination Letter, not to exceed two pages each, that provide examples of contributions not described in the formal nomination letter

Nomination Process
The nominator is responsible for submitting a complete award nomination at the following link: http://bit.ly/2018GSAAwards

Past Recipient's Lectures

Elder Abuse: Research, Practice, and Health Policy. The 2012 GSA Maxwell Pollack Award Lecture
Xinqi Dong
Volume 54, Issue 2, April 2014
This paper is a based on the Maxwell A. Pollack Award for Productive Aging lecture given at the Annual Meeting of The Gerontological Society of America held in San Diego, California, in November, 2012.

Past Awardees: View here


Margret M. and Paul B. Baltes Award

Margret M. & Paul B. BaltesThe Margret M. and Paul B. Baltes Foundation Award in Behavioral and Social Gerontology acknowledges outstanding early career contributions in behavioral and social gerontology.

The award will be given to a person from any discipline in the social sciences. Eligible nominees must have the Ph.D. degree and must not be more than 10 years past the date the Ph.D. was awarded. Nominations are not restricted to GSA members. International participation is encouraged. Nominations made by others or self-nominations will be accepted.

The award recipient will receive a plaque and a $1,000 cash award and is invited to present a lecture at the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting the following year.

Abstract Submission Deadline
March 31, 2018 

Requirements

  • A current Curriculum Vitae.
  • Nominee must have a PhD. 
    • PhD must have been awarded in past 10 years. 
  • Single letter of nomination signed by at least three (3) supporters. 
    • Detail the research of nominee and present a case for its impact and contribution.

Nomination Process
The nominator is responsible for submitting a complete award nomination at the following link: http://bit.ly/2018GSAAwards

Past Recipient's Lectures
"Inquiry Into Terminal Decline: Five Objectives for Future Study," by Denis Gerstorf and Nilam Ram, is based on the Baltes Award Lecture given at the Annual Scientific Meeting of The Gerontological Society of America held in San Diego, California, in November 2012.

"Aging in Culture," by Helene Fung, is based on the Baltes Award Lecture given at the Annual Scientific Meeting of The Gerontological Society of America held in Boston, Massachusetts, in November 2011.

Past Awardees: View here


Doris Schwartz Gerontological Nursing Research Award

schwartzThis award, presented by the Health Sciences section is given to a member of the Society in recognition of outstanding and sustained contribution to geriatric nursing research. The person selected will present a special lecture at the nursing special interest group meeting during the Annual Scientific Meeting of GSA in Boston, MA in 2018, and will receive a $300 cash prize.

Deadline
March 31, 2018

Requirements

  • Must be a member of the Society.
  • A current Curriculum Vitae.
  • A one-page statement of the nominee's impact.
  • An additional statement of significance of contribution to improving the lives of older persons.

Nomination Process 
The nominator is responsible for submitting a complete award nomination at the following link: http://bit.ly/2018GSAAwards

Past Awardees: View here

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