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GSA is enriched by the breadth of members’ experiences and perspectives. There are numerous ways to get involved with GSA throughout your career. Time commitments vary; some opportunities are yearlong, others are for just a few weeks. 

Careers in Aging Week (CIAW)

People are living longer and the number of older adults is increasing. The demand for professionals with expertise in aging is growing rapidly. Careers in Aging Week (CIAW) is observed annually during the first full week of April by universities, colleges, and other organizations with special events in their communities across the world. The goal of CIAW is to bring greater awareness and visibility to the wide-ranging career opportunities in aging and aging research. Volunteers can plan to promote CIAW on their campus by requesting a promotion kit and holding an event on campus. 

When: First full week of April
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Committees

All members (BS, BSS, ESPO, HS, Member-at-large, and SRPP) who are eager to make a difference and are committed to enhancing the field of gerontology are encouraged to volunteer for a variety of Society-wide committees.

ESPO members can learn more about the volunteer opportunities here and apply here by April 30.

GSA committees receive their annual charges every November from the incoming GSA president, meet approximately four times a year, and report to the GSA Council on their progress and accomplishments.   
 
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Mentor Match

Are you looking to be a mentor or mentee?  This opportuity in GSA Connect is designed to enhance your professional development through a unique online career networking tool. Mentor Match is user-driven, allowing registered Mentees to search among registered Mentors using specified criteria to find individuals whose experience and expertise match areas in which they wish to be mentored. Likewise, registered Mentors can search for and identify potential Mentees. Your mentor or mentee can be in your city or across the world!

When: Year-round
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GSA Connect

Members are encouraged to use GSA Connect as an online networking and information sharing resource. Volunteers in this area will be asked to start discussions in the Open Forum and reply to discussions to keep conversations moving. Discussion topics can include new resources, questions about career development, research assistance, and more. Volunteers are asked to post or reply to a discussion at minimum of six times per year.

When: Year-round with reminders via e-mail
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GSA Journal Peer Reviewers

All GSA journals are peer-reviewed and are open to new reviewers at any time. To serve as regular peer-reviewer, please go to the specific journal submission site, create an account, and enter your area(s) of expertise via keywords. Your expertise areas will be used by the editors when identifying reviewers for submitted manuscripts. If selected as a potential reviewer, you will receive an invitation to review from the editorial office.

  • The Journals of Gerontology, Series A
  • The Journals of Gerontology, Series B
  • The Gerontologist  
    • The Gerontologist also offers two opportunities for new/novice reviewers. The description can be found in The Gerontologist, bullet 15 under Instructions to Authors here.   
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Ambassador Program

The GSA Ambassador Program spreads awareness of the field of gerontology, and serves as a networking tool linking individuals with an interest in gerontology to GSA. Ambassadors serve a one-year term with the option to continue their role.

When: There are two cohorts of ambassadors, spring and fall with enrollment deadlines of January 31 and August 31, respectively.
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Abstract Peer Review

The abstract peer review process is process is an important step in the creation of a strong program for the Annual Scientific Meeting. Reviewers are asked to select a GSA section and session codes (categories) of abstracts to review. Each reviewer will receive approximately 15 abstracts to review, score, and provide feedback. Abstract reviews are completed online and due within two weeks of being assigned. The abstract review period is end of March through early April.

When: Members are recruited at the end of February 
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Annual Scientific Meeting Volunteer

This is an opportunity for members to participate and contribute their time to GSA while networking with other professionals and students at the Annual Scientific Meeting. In exchange for eight hours of volunteer support, GSA will extend a complimentary full meeting registration. Please note—there are a limited number of volunteer positions.

Submit an application by July 31, 2018.
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