Aging and Innovation Student Award

Aging and Innovation Student Award

This award highlights innovative products, services, programs, technologies, and designs that promote the well-being and quality of life of older persons.

All students, including those from non-aging focused majors such as engineering, business, architecture, communications and the fine arts are encouraged to submit an entry for consideration. Rather than traditional abstracts or papers, this award recognizes and celebrates diverse and innovative products, services, programs and designs. Entries may range from well thought out ideas that are on the drawing board to developed products, programs, and services that are in use today.

Examples could include, but are not limited to:

  • Smart phone apps
  • Virtual exercise programs for homebound seniors and/or their caregivers
  • New clothing design for seniors and persons with disabilities which have dexterity issues
  • Interactive gardens or urban spaces
  • New therapy (i.e., OT, PT, speech and language) strategies and techniques
  • Universally designed homes, businesses, workplaces, and public places
  • Interactive games and activities between grandparents and grandchildren
  • Assistive devices (e.g., exoskeletons) that improve mobility and make daily takes easier
  • New age-friendly website design

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Due to the vast array of possibilities, students (individual or team entries) are asked to provide a no more than three-page (double-spaced) proposal which includes a problem statement, landscape analysis, and a description of the product, service, program or design. If available, students may submit a picture or diagram, business plan or a video.

The winning entry will be selected by the OAGE Awards Committee, receive a cash award and be recognized on the OAGE Website and at the 2023 OAGE Conference on Aging at University of Toledo, April 20-22, 2023.

Educators are encouraged to discuss innovation and aging as part of their lesson plans.

If you have any questions about the award or award requirements please contact Marc Molea at mmolea@yahoo.com.

Submit an entry today, using the link below. Submission Deadline is March 10, 2023.

> Submit a Nomination for the OAGE Aging and Innovation Student Award

Educator of the Year

Educator of the Year

The OAGE Educator Award recognizes individuals in Ohio’s educational institutions at any level and/or from Ohio’s aging network that have either:

  • Used educational programs to improve services to older adults in Ohio or
  • Advanced gerontological education and training for students and practitioners

Eligibility for Award

  • Nominee must have a two-year minimum continuous Ohio education-related appointment and Ohio residence.

Nomination Process

1. Nominations are to be made only by an OAGE member.
2. Nominations include:

  • Nominee vita which highlights Ohio educational relationships
  • Nomination letter explaining reasons nominee has used educational programs to improve services to older adults in Ohio or advanced gerontological education and training for students and/or practitioners.

3. Nominations are kept confidential with OAGE Awards Chair communicating with the nominator.
4. Awardee is expected to attend the annual conference to receive the award.
5. Awardee is expected to present at the following year’s annual conference.

OAGE Awards Chair: Chih-ling Liou
Email: cliou@kent.edu
Phone: 330-244-3551

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Practitioner of the Year

Practitioner of the Year

Recognizes individuals and organizations that either have improved services to older adults through research and evaluation or have developed noteworthy partnerships with institutions of higher learning (e.g., universities, community colleges, technical schools) for the betterment of older Ohioans.

 

Nomination for Practitioner Instructions:

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Researcher of the Year

Researcher of the Year

The OAGE Researcher Award recognizes individuals in Ohio’s aging network whose research has advanced knowledge in gerontology and/or related disciplines that have:

  • Improved services for older adults;
  • Advanced knowledge of aging process; or
  • Supported the expansion of research in the aging field in Ohio or nationally.

Eligibility for Award

  • Nominee must have a two-year minimum continuous Ohio education-related appointment and residence.

Nomination Process

1. Nominations are to be made only by an OAGE member.
2. Nominations include:

  • Nominee vita which highlights research focusing on advancing the knowledge in gerontology
  • Nomination letter explaining reasons nominee’s research  has improved services for older adults, advanced knowledge of aging process, or supported the expansion of research in the aging field in Ohio and/or nationally.

3. Nominations are kept confidential with OAGE Awards Chair communicating with the nominator.
4. Awardee is expected to attend the annual conference to receive the OAGE Gerontology Researcher Award.
5. Awardee is expected to present at the following year’s annual conference.

OAGE Awards Chair: Chih-ling Liou
Email: cliou@kent.edu
Phone: 330-244-3551

See Past Winners

Student Awards

Student Awards

Eligibility

Students whose abstracts are accepted for an oral presentation or poster presentation are eligible to submit a paper for consideration for a student award that also has a monetary reward. Please be sure to indicate “yes” on the registration form above if you plan to make a submission for a student paper award.

Students are encouraged to apply for cash awards given for the outstanding student paper in each of the following categories:

  • Jerome Kaplan Award for best graduate student paper, honoring Dr. Kaplan’s more than 50 years as a major leader in gerontology at the local, state, national, and international levels.
  • The Arnedia Smith Award for best undergraduate student paper, honoring Professor Smith’s work at Edison State Community College, her strong dedication to gerontology education, and her leadership in the former Ohio Network of Educational Consultants in Aging. (ONECA).
  • Best Conference Theme, recognizing an outstanding student paper related to this year’s theme.

The deadline for student paper awards is March 10, 2023

Submission Criteria

Manuscripts must align with the student’s conference presentation, and may be created specifically for the conference or be a modification of current work such as a class project, paper, thesis, or dissertation. The submission should not exceed 25 pages (not counting references and tables) and follow APA format (e.g., double-spaced, 12-point font, and 1-inch margins). Submit the manuscript via email to Dr. Chih-Ling Liou​, OAGE Award Chair via email cliou@kent.edu​. It is also highly recommended that students who provide a submission for the award ask a mentor or faculty adviser to send an email to Dr. Chih-Ling Liou to explain why the submitted manuscript merits consideration for the award.

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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.