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Student Research Award is given to spur academic and clinical interest in the field of aging, and rewards the best unpublished graduate research paper on a completed project relevant to aging and applicable to practice.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