AGHE Awards - Student Leadership Award

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Student Leadership Award

Purpose of the Award

The Student Leadership Award recognizes a student whose leadership has advanced the goals and mission of the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) as well as the respective goals of his/her AGHE-affiliated institution. Nominees should exemplify a commitment to scholarship and advancing the cause of gerontology and/or geriatrics among their peers.

Nominees should demonstrate a commitment to the values of justice and service, think critically and creatively, and epitomize peer-mentorship.

Submission Period

Spring 2024

Eligibility Criteria

  • Nominees must be a full- or part-time student 
  • Nominees must be affiliated with an AGHE institution or GSA member with AGHE designated as a primary or secondary section.
  • Nominees should demonstrate active involvement in service and leadership at both at the institutional level and within AGHE.

Nomination Process

Required Nomination Packet Materials

  • A single nomination letter signed by at least 3 supporters that should include the following:
    • emphasize service and student membership in professional organization, including AGHE, rather than an exemplary academic record. 
  • A current Curriculum Vitae with AGHE and related activities highlighted. 

Nature of the Award

The awardee receives a personalized award certificate, a letter to their program chair and academic mentor/advisor on behalf of the Academy, and will be recognized during the AGHE Business Meeting at the GSA Annual Meeting. This is an honor rather than a competitive award. Those nominated are not required to attend the GSA Annual Meeting.

Past Recipients

2022 Erta Cenko | University of Florida
2021 Lauren M. Bouchard | Concordia University Chicago
2020 Not Awarded
2019 Stephanie Bolton | University of Southern Caliafornia
2018 Catherine Pérez | University of Southern California
2017 Colleen R. Bennett | University of Maryland, Baltimore County
2016 Amy J. Plant | Youngstown State University
2015 Katherine Humber | University of Maryland, Baltimore County

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