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Graduate Student Research Award

The Graduate Student Research Award is given to spur academic and clinical interest in the field of aging, and rewards the best unpublished graduate research paper on a completed project relevant to aging and applicable to practice. Membership in ASA is not a requirement, but is a consideration.  Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate-degree program or have completed their studies less than one year before submission, and be sponsored by a faculty member.

The winner will receive an opportunity to present their paper during a poster session at the 2018 Aging in America Conference, a complimentary one-year ASA student membership (if not already a member), and one complimentary conference registration.

The winner will be featured in the Aging in America Conference program book, in Aging Today and Age Blog, and on this page.

Nominations are closed. Please check back in June to submit a nomination for the 2018 award.


2017 Graduate Student Research Award Winner

Marie Gualtieri

Marie Gualtieri has committed her graduate career to the study of food insecurity among older Americans, and policies aimed at ameliorating this grave social issue. Gualtieri’s paper, titled “The Overestimation of Social Support for Food Insecure Seniors,” reviews factors underlying older adults’ food insecurity, its impact and the role of social supports in combatting the food insecurity that threatens older adults’ well-being. The paper not only explores elders’ access to support, but also where support comes from, what kind of support is offered and the consistency of support to which they have access. Marie’s findings yield important conclusions for understanding circumstances of food insecure people.
After completing her graduate studies, she intends to pursue a post-doc specializing in aging before advancing into a career where she can put her expertise to work addressing social problems facing aging Americans.


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