SGS Awards

Student Poster Award


  • Any SGS Student Member who is submitting scholarly work for presentation at the SGS Annual Meeting.
  • All authors must be students currently enrolled in an academic program with an emphasis in gerontology.
  • Research ideas must be substantially those of the students.
  • Awards are made available to all disciplines within the student membership of SGS.
  • All authors must indicate academic level.


This award will provide preference to graduate or undergraduate students whose posters demonstrate excellence in Appeal, Content, and poster session Presentation.

  • Appeal:
    • Exceptional overall organization, easy to follow structure, correct grammar and spelling, and references are listed or available.
    • Images, charts, graphs, and other visuals are useful in describing the research.
    • Title is large enough to read from 4-6 feet away, other text is large enough to read from a comfortable distance.
  • Content:
    • Research purpose is sufficiently stated and explained.
    • Research process and methods are clearly described.
    • Analysis is accurately and completely explained.
    • Findings/Results and implications of the research are stated.
  • Presentation:
    • Professional attire and manner.
    • Well-prepared and easily conveys ideas; adequately answers questions.
    • Eye contact, posture, and tone of voice.
  • New for 2018 - SGS Logo:
    • Students wanting to be considered for the student poster award this year MUST incorporate the SGS logo on their printed poster.
    • The logo must be 3" x 3" and located on the poster's header (right side, top) next to the poster title.
    • We have created an MS Word document that contains a 3" x 3" logo and the instructions for placement. Please download the Word document here.

If the above criteria has been met and you have all necessary information and supporting documentation you can submit your application for this award by filling out the form below.

Applications For This Award Will Be Open Through February 10, 2018
Please fill out the form below to submit your application.

Previous Award Winners

  • 2017 - Undergraduate Student Poster Awards
    Haley Williford and Luar Mercado Lopez, Barton College: "The Bridge: A guide with first step resources for patients, families and caregivers dealing with Alzheimer's disease."

    Wei Chang, The College of William and Mary, Elizabeth Yost, PhD, Washington College: "Cross National Study on Building Aging Communities in Japan and the U.S."

    2017 - Graduate Student Poster Awards
    Mihee Chung and Ishan Canty Williams, University of Virginia, College of Nursing: "Stigma among Korean-American Family Caregivers of Persons with Dementia: Impact and Coping Strategies"

    Weizhou Tang, Kate Olscamp, Seul Ki Choi and Daniela B. Friedman, University of South Carolina: "Alzheimer's Disease Messages on YouTube"
  • 2016 - Jennifer Bellingtier, Lauren Catlett, & Cynthia Southard
  • 2015 - Sherry Lind & Hannah Elliott
  • 2014 - 1st Place - Amy Correll - Western Kentucky University
    2014 - 2nd Place - Lacy Will, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • 2013 - 1st Place - Alix Unwin
    2013 - 2nd Place - Wendy Myers
    2013 - 3rd Place - Ivette Valenzuela
  • 2011 - Jessica Hellerstein
  • 2010 - Andrea M. Shamaskin