SGS Annual Meeting Awards

The Board of Directors invites nominations for several awards each year. Presentations of the awards are made at the Annual Meeting.

The SGS Annual Awards are listed below. For award criteria, names of past award winners, and nomination forms please click on the Learn More buttons.

Gordon Streib Distinguished Academic Gerontologist Award

The Gordon F. Streib Distinguished Academic Gerontologist Award is named after a true pioneer of social gerontology who, over a six decade career in sociology and gerontology at Cornell University and the University of Florida, has made major and lasting contributions to both fields. In public recognition of his achievements, at the 2004 SGS Annual Meeting, Dr. Streib was presented with a special Board proclamation designating him a Distinguished Charter Member and the person for whom the Gordon F. Streib Distinguished Academic Gerontologist Award is named.

This award is given to SGS members in the academic milieu who have shown excellence in leadership within and contribution to professional organizations and organizations which serve older people, a strong record of scholarly publications, and significant teaching influence with students and/or training of service providers or educators.

Applications must be submitted by March 10, 2017
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Applied Gerontologist Award

This award is given to SGS members in the fields of applied gerontology in the South. Award winners have a sustained record of leadership in the field of aging, are recognized in their fields, and generally, have positively impacted the quality of life of older persons through developing innovative programs such as applications of findings/approaches to research, education, management or services delivery (with emphasis on application).

Applications must be submitted by March 10, 2017
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Best Practices Award

This award is given to SGS members in the fields of applied gerontology in the South. Award winners have a sustained record of leadership in the field of aging, are recognized in their fields, and generally, have positively impacted the quality of life of older persons through developing innovative programs such as applications of findings/approaches to research, education, management or services delivery (with emphasis on application).

Applications must be submitted by March 10, 2017
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Rhoda Jennings Distinguished Older Advocate Award

Several years ago, we named one of our special awards, the Older Advocate Award, for Rhoda Jennings, longtime SGS member and extraordinary advocate for older adults. Rhoda was the first recipient of the Older Advocate Award in 1987. The SGS Senior Advocate Award is given to recognize an older person whose retirement years have been devoted to community or legislative advocacy.

Applications must be submitted by March 10, 2017
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Media Award

SGS offers the Media Award to recognize an outstanding media contribution to further understanding of aging in the region and to the mission of SGS.

Applications must be submitted by March 10, 2017
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Student Paper Award

SGS encourages student submissions and offers cash awards to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for the best paper(s) authored principally by a student. Candidates for this award will be required to submit a full paper in advance of the Annual Meeting. The recipient(s) of this award will present the paper at the Annual Meeting. The Student Paper Award manuscript will be reviewed for possible publication in the Journal of Applied Gerontology.

Applications must be submitted by March 10, 2017

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Student Poster Award

In 2010 SGS awarded its first SGS Student Poster Award to encourage student poster submissions. SGS encourages student submissions and offers cash awards to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for the best poster presentation delivered principally by a student. Any SGS Student Member submitting scholarly work for presentation at the SGS Annual Meeting in Poster format as the primary author is eligible.

Applications must be submitted by March 10, 2017

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SGS Student Support Scholarship Award

The Southern Gerontological Society Student Support Scholarship Award was established in 2014 to support student members of SGS who have been accepted to present at the SGS annual meeting and can be used for SGS meeting related expenses. The funding for the award comes from the proceeds of the SGS Annual Meeting Silent Auction. This funding has allowed SGS the resources to provide a monetary amount to selected award recipients who are presenting research at our annual meeting.

Applications must be submitted by February 10, 2017

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