Student Awards


  • Students whose abstracts are accepted for presentation at the annual conference
  • Final manuscript submission by deadline per Call for Proposals

Papers and posters may be created specifically for the conference or may be a modification of current work such as a class project, paper, thesis, or dissertation. Students whose abstracts are accepted for presentation are eligible for cash awards given for the outstanding student paper in each of the following categories:

  • Jerome Kaplan Award for best graduate student paper
  • The Arnedia Smith Award for best undergraduate student paper

Submit your paper for consideration of a student award after you have received confirmation of the abstract acceptance as an email attachment to Dr. Amy Roberts, Assistant Professor at Miami University to the following email address: If you have any questions, please call Dr. Roberts at 513-529-6117.

Dr. Jerome Kaplan, Best Graduate Paper

For over 50 years, Dr. Kaplan was a major leader in gerontology at the local, state, national and international levels.

Jerome Kaplan, Ph.D., M.S.W, M.A., B.B.A. (1922-2009)

  • First commissioner on aging in the United States in Minnesota
  • Executive Director of Mansfield Memorial Homes for 30 years
  • Founding president, Ohio Network of Educational Consultants in the Field of Aging
  • President, Gerontological Society of America
  • Editor, The Gerontologist.
  • President, Ohio Research Council on Aging
  • Published 300+ articles, books, book reviews, chapters, editorials
  • Affiliated with Ohio State University, The University of Akron Institute for Life-Span Development and Gerontology
  • Selected honors/recognitions
    • Special Distinguished Award, Ohio Department of Aging,
    • Medal of Honor Award, The Ohio Philanthropic Homes for Housing for the Aged
    • Lifetime Achievement Award, National Association of Social Workers
    • State of Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame
    • Association for Gerontology in Higher Education recognition for extraordinary and exemplar contributions to gerontology

Arnedia Smith Best Undergraduate Paper

Arnedia Smith was a Professor of Sociology at Edison State Community College for 13 years. She died after a brief illness at age 40. She was an original member, Ohio Network of Educational Consultants in the Field of Aging.

This award was created to remember this well liked and well respected educator with a strong dedication to gerontology education.  She was very prominent in promoting the development & advancement of gerontology programs throughout the region and state and co-chaired ONECA Annual Conference. Arnedia was involved with professional workshops designed to assist educators and service providers in the field of aging.