ESPO Awards

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Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization Interdisciplinary Paper Award

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.

Open Submission Period
July 15, 2018 to September 1, 2018  

Requirements

  • Applicants must be a student member of GSA.
  • 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 primarily the applicant’s work.

Nature of Award
The recipient receives $250, a certificate, and is recognized at the ESPO Awards Presentation and Reception at the 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting in Boston, MA.

Self Nomination Process
In order to apply for the ESPO Interdisciplinary Paper Award, please send two copies of your paper (one blind for review, one not), abstract control ID number, and a statement from co-authors via nomination link that will be available June 1, 2018. 


Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization Poster Award

The Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization (ESPO) offers five Poster Awards. The five recipients will be presented with a framed certificate.

Open Submission Period
July 15, 2018 to September 1, 2018  

Requirements

  • Applicants must be a student member of GSA.
  • Applicants must submit an abstract for the Annual Scientific Meeting.
    • The abstract must be accepted for the conference.
    • The student must present at the Annual Scientific Meeting.
  • Once accepted, the applicant must submit a PDF or PowerPoint version of their poster.
    • If the poster was co-authored, the submission must include a statement from any additional authors verifying that the work primarily the applicant’s work.

Nature of Award
The five recipients each a receive a certificate, and are recognized at the ESPO Awards Presentation and Reception at Annual Scientific Meeting at the 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting in Boston, MA.

Self Nomination Process

In order to apply for the ESPO Poster Award, please send two copies of your poster (one for blind review, one not), abstract control ID number, and co-author statements via nomination link that will be available June 1, 2018.


Douglas Holmes Emerging Scholar Paper Award

Douglas Holmes

The Douglas Holmes Emerging Scholar Paper Award, sponsored by the RESQCARE Interest Group, honors Dr. Douglas Holmes, a noted psychologist who dedicated his life’s work to improving the lives of older adults.

The Douglas Holmes Emerging Scholar Paper Award recognizes research with potential to improve quality of life and/or quality of care in long-term care and is intended to encourage and support innovative and promising research across long-term care settings (i.e., nursing home, hospice, assisted living, adult day, or home and community based care). The award will be presented to the author(s) of the winning paper at GSA’s 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting at the RESQCARE Interest Group Meeting in Boston, MA. 

Open Submission Period
July 15, 2018 to September 1, 2018  

Requirements

  • Applicants must be a current ESPO member of GSA.
  • Eligibility is limited to those who are no more than 5 years post doctorate by the final submission deadline.
  • Applicants must submit an abstract for the GSA's Annual Scientific Meeting.
  • The abstract must be accepted for the meeting.
  • The student must present at GSA's Annual Scientific Meeting.
  • Once accepted, applicants must submit a paper from the accepted abstract by the September deadline noted above.
  • The winning paper will be selected by a combined ESPO and RESQCARE review panel.
  • The winner(s) will be expected to give a short synopsis of their paper at the RESQCARE Interest Group Meeting at the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting.
  • The paper must…
    • be original and not yet published or copyrighted by a journal, book, or other form of publication.
    • be innovative, and push the envelope of current conceptualization.
    • be approximately 20 pages in length using APA style guidelines.
    • be of sufficient quality to be considered for publication in book chapter or peer-reviewed journal.
    • If the manuscript was co-authored, the submission must include a statement from all additional authors verifying that the work was primarily the applicant's.

Note: If the same paper is submitted and qualifies for more than one GSA award, only the Douglas Holmes Emerging Scholar Paper Award will be awarded.

Nature of the Award
The award carries a $500 cash prize. The award will be presented to the author(s) of the winning paper at the 2018 GSA Annual Scientific Meeting in Boston, MA, during the RESQCARE Interest Group Meeting.

Self Nomination Process 
In order to submit for the award, you will need to provide two copies of your paper (one blinded, one not), abstract control ID number, and required co-author(s) statement via a nomination link that will be available June 1, 2018.


Minority Issues in Gerontology Committee Student Poster Award

The Minority Issues in Gerontology Committee offers a Poster Award to recognize GSA ESPO members from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups for original and innovative research.

Open Submission Period
July 15, 2018 to September 1, 2018 

Requirements
The applicant must be:

  • A student member of ESPO without a doctoral degree at the time of abstract submission.
  • A member of an underrepresented race group (Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American/Pacific Islander, Asian).
  • The first author of the submitted work.

The applicant must:

  • Submit and have his/her abstract accepted for the Annual Scientific Meeting.
  • Present at the Annual Scientific Meeting.
  • Submit a PowerPoint or PDF version of their poster (2 copies - one blinded).
  • Include a statement from a mentor or advisor verifying that  the work is primarily the student's.

Review Criteria:

  • Overall contribution to aging research
  • Originality
  • Theoretical framework and rationale
  • Methods
  • Discussion
  • Clarity

Nature of Award
The recipients each a receive a certificate, and will be recognized at the Minority Issues in Gerontology Award Presentation and Reception at the 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting in Boston, MA.

Self Nomination Process
In order to submit for the award, you will need to provide two copies of your paper (one blinded, one not), abstract control ID number, and required co-author(s) statement via a nomination link that will be available June 1, 2018.


ESPO Travel Stipends

The travel stipends below are available for ESPO members only. To view additional funding opportunities (available to member and non-member emerging scholars and students), click here.

Carol A. Schutz Student Travel Stipend

Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization (ESPO) student members are eligible for a chance to win a Carol A. Schutz Student Travel Stipend in the amount of $400. These stipends are given to help defray the cost of attending IAGG World Congress. The recipients of the Carol A. Schutz Student Travel Stipends are chosen by lottery. In order to be eligible, one must fulfill all of the requirements and instructions for submission outlined below.

Open Submission Period
February 20-April 5, 2017

Requirements

  • Pre-qualifications

    1. Must be a current student member of ESPO and have an updated GSA Connect Profile.

    2. Participate in the Careers in Aging Week thread in the ESPO Community on GSA Connect by April 5, 2017 at 5:00pm ET for collection and verification with their application. Applicants must reply to this thread at least once by April 1 (must log into the GSA Connect to access the thread). Response examples may include:

    • Why they chose a career in aging, or are working towards a career in aging
    • How their university/organization is participating in CIAW
    • A time they felt inspired by careers in aging
    • Advice for obtaining a career in aging
    • An example of interdisciplinary collaboration they have done with their field.

    At IAGG
    3. Must be able to attend one of the following lectures to receive the stipend (held on different days and times):

    • GSA Donald P. Kent and Robert W. Kleemeier Lecture
    • GSA Margaret M. and Paul B. Baltes Award in Behavioral and Social Gerontology Lecture
    • GSA M. Powell Lawton Lecture
    • GSA Maxwell A. Pollack Award for Productive Aging Lecture
    • GSA Excellence in Rehabilitation of Aging Persons Award and Joseph T. Freeman Lecture

Self Nomination Process
To apply for a chance to win a $400 Carol Schutz Student Travel Stipend, apply here

Behavioral and Social Sciences Travel Stipends

ESPO members within the Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSS) Section are eligible for a chance to win a BSS Travel Stipend in the amount of $400 for 2017 IAGG World Congress, July 23-27. These stipends are given to help defray the cost of attending World Congress. The recipients of the BSS Travel Awards are chosen by lottery. In order to be eligible, one must fulfill all of the requirements and instructions for submission outlined below.

Open Submission Period
February 20-April 5, 2017  

Requirements

  • Must be a current ESPO member of the BSS Section.
  • Must have an accepted paper, poster, or symposium paper for IAGG.
  • Must be able to attend one of the following lectures to receive the stipend (held on different days and times):
    • GSA Donald P. Kent and Robert W. Kleemeier Lecture
    • GSA Margaret M. and Paul B. Baltes Award in Behavioral and Social Gerontology Lecture
    • GSA M. Powell Lawton Lecture
    • GSA Maxwell A. Pollack Award for Productive Aging Lecture
    • GSA Excellence in Rehabilitation of Aging Persons Award and Joseph T. Freeman Lecture

Self Nomination Process
To apply for a chance to win a $400 BSS Section Travel Stipend for 2017, apply here.

Health Sciences Travel Stipends

ESPO members within the Health Sciences (HS) Section are eligible for a chance to win a HS Travel Stipend in the amount of $200. These awards are given to help defray the cost of attending GSA's 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting in Boston, MA. The recipients of the HS Travel Awards are chosen by lottery. In order to be eligible, one must fulfill all of the requirements and instructions for submission outlined below.

Open Submission Period
July 15, 2018 - September 1, 2018 

Requirements

  • Must be a current ESPO member of the HS Section.
  • Must be the first author of an accepted paper, poster, or symposium paper. 
  • Must be able to attend the HS Section Luncheon Business Meeting to receive the stipend.

Self Nomination Process
The nomination link will be available June 1, 2018 to apply for a chance to win a $200 HS Travel Stipend.  

Social Research, Policy, and Practice Travel Stipends

ESPO members within the Social Research, Policy, and Practice (SRPP) Section are eligible for a chance to win an SRPP Travel Stipend in the amount of $400 for 2017 IAGG World Congress, July 23-27. These stipends are given to help defray the cost of attending World Congress. The recipients of the SRPP Travel Stipends are chosen by lottery. In order to be eligible, one must fulfill all of the requirements and instructions for submission below.

Open Submission Period
February 20-April 5, 2017  

Requirements

  • Must be a current ESPO member of the SRPP Section.
  • Must be able to attend one of the following lectures to receive the stipend (held on different days and times):
    • GSA Donald P. Kent and Robert W. Kleemeier Lecture
    • GSA Margaret M. and Paul B. Baltes Award in Behavioral and Social Gerontology Lecture
    • GSA M. Powell Lawton Lecture
    • GSA Maxwell A. Pollack Award for Productive Aging Lecture
    • GSA Excellence in Rehabilitation of Aging Persons Award and Joseph T. Freeman Lecture

Self Nomination Process
To apply for a chance to win a $400 SRPP Section Travel Stipend for 2017, apply here.


Additionally, ESPO members may be eligible for several other awards given by the Society and its professional sections at the Annual Scientific Meeting. These include:

Society-Wide

Behavioral and Social Sciences Section

Biological Sciences Section

Health Sciences Section

Social Research, Policy, and Practice Section