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Student Research Award is given to spur academic and clinical interest in the field of aging, and rewards the best unpublished graduate research paper on a completed project relevant to aging and applicable to practice.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 2019 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.

The deadline to submit a nomination has passed.
Please revisit this page in May 2020.


2019 Graduate Student Research Award Winner

Eun-Hye Grace Yi
Does Acculturation Matter? Advance Care Planning and End-of-Life Care Preferences Among Foreign-Born Older Immigrants in the U.S.

Using a sample from the National Health and Aging Trends Study from 2011–2012, Yi’s study examined the association of factors affecting advance care planning and end-of-life treatment preferences in foreign-born immigrants. Yi found that whereas more than half of native whites completed end-of-life plans, older immigrants in three other racial groups showed completion rates of below 50 percent. Yi has completed a number of other research projects geared toward improving healthcare and quality of life for older adults, including investigating the use and development of user-friendly “apps” that provide dementia caregivers access to information and support; she also has written another paper examining the impact of the caregiver provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

Yi is a doctoral student at the Indiana University School of Social Work in Indianapolis, pursuing a doctorate through a program requiring multiple manuscript dissertations, and is a “conscientious emerging gerontology scholar,” according to the PhD Program Director, Margaret Adamek.