Call for nominations: Career Development in Aging Research Awards

The UNC Institute on Aging is pleased to announce that it is accepting nominations for the 2010 Gordon H. DeFriese Career Development in Aging Research Awards. These annual awards have been established to recognize Dr. DeFriese's thirty-year distinguished career in the conduct and development of research to improve the quality of lives of older North Carolinians, and especially to his unwavering commitment to developing and supporting the careers of his colleagues.

Three awards, one for junior faculty and staff and two for doctoral students, will be available in the Spring of 2010.  The award is in the form of an account established in the recipient’s home department to support his or her research activities.

All nominees must have demonstrated evidence of research interests in, and contributions to, the field of aging that are related to any of the following areas:  medical sociology, primary health care, rural health services, health service utilization behavior, dental care, medical self-care, health status measurement, cost effectiveness and cost benefit analysis of health policy and programs, and health promotion/disease prevention.  All award recipients are expected to be involved in the activities of the UNC Institute on Aging by participating in research, education or service projects that are of interest.  Thus, all nominees must submit a curriculum vitae and a statement of intent about career development plans in aging, and in what ways the individual plans to participate in the Institute’s programs.

Junior Faculty and Staff Award: To be eligible for the junior faculty/staff award of $5,000, nominees must be employed full-time at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Faculty and staff should also demonstrate investment in aging through scholarly contributions including a developing record of significant publications, research grants and teaching influence.  It is also desirable that nominees show evidence of contributions to professional organizations or community groups that enhance the quality of life of older people in North Carolina or within the Southeast. Letters of support will be accepted from colleagues of faculty or staff nominees who are knowledgeable about the nominee's aging-related interests and activities.

Doctoral Student Awards: To be eligible for the student awards of $2,500, individuals must be enrolled as active, full-time doctoral students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, planning to take coursework or work on the dissertation for at least two semesters from the time if the award (inclusive of the semester in which the award is received). Doctoral student nominees should demonstrate interest in aging as evidenced by aging-related coursework, internships, participation in research projects and manuscript production. It is also a plus if nominees show evidence of participation in aging-related conferences and professional organizations. Letters of support will be accepted from faculty or field mentors of student nominees who are knowledgeable about the student's aging-related interests and activities. Two student awards will be conferred.

The nomination form, with the nominee’s curriculum vitae and statement of intent, and two letters of support must be submitted to the UNC Institute on Aging by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 14, 2010. The application is available online at the Institute on Aging Web site.

For a paper form with mailing instructions, please click here.

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