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Student Research Award is given to spur academic and clinical interest in the field of aging, and rewards the best unpublished graduate research paper on a completed project relevant to aging and applicable to practice.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 nomination site for the 2019 Award is closed. Please bookmark this page and revisit it in June.


2018 Graduate Student Research Award Winner

Marshall A. Naimo

Marshall A. Naimo is a fifth-year doctoral student in exercise physiology at the West Virginia University School of Medicine, and a member of the Systems Mechanophysiology and Aging Research Team (SMART) at the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

Naimo’s research paper, “Reduced Training Frequency Improves Muscle Adaptation and PI3K-AKT Signaling Following Resistance-Type Training in an Aging Model,” studied sarcopenia, or age-related loss of skeletal muscle mass with concomitant weakness. His research points to the effectiveness of high-intensity stretch shortening contraction (SSC) resistance-type exercise training for preventing such weakening, and the paper suggests prescribing this type of exercise as a form of “physiotherapy” for the prevention and intervention of age-related declines in skeletal muscle function and size.

According to SMART Team Leader Brent Baker, Ph.D., Naimo’s academic coursework has been multi- and cross-disciplinary, integrating physiology, cellular anatomy and biochemistry, molecular genomics/genetics as well as public health epidemiology and applied biostatistics. Naimo’s research may provide a public health strategy for prescribing the proper evidence-based exercise regimen to reduce frailty and sarcopenia, says Dr. Baker.