Paper Contest

Enter our Annual Student paper Competition


The Massachusetts Gerontology Association (MGA) announces its student paper competition program in conjunction with its upcoming annual conference on May 4, 2018 at Lasell College in Newton, MA. The goals of the program are to recognize individuals who show an interest in gerontology and to reward outstanding graduate students for academic excellence in the field of gerontology. The cash award is presented for a paper written in the course of the student's graduate studies. Requirements are:


  • The paper was written as part of the student's course of study during one of the following semesters: Spring, 2017; Summer, 2017; Fall, 2017, Spring 2018.
  • The paper is on a topic relevant to the field of gerontology.
  • The paper is no longer than 25 pages in length (excluding appended tables).
  • The paper is accompanied by an abstract of no more than 100 words.
  • The paper is accompanied by a recommendation from the student's advisor/mentor.


The selection committee must receive the paper no later than April 13, 2018.


A committee of MGA representatives will read all nominated papers and make a selection based upon readability, potential for contribution to the field, originality, and professional insight. The award (s) will be presented at the MGA annual meeting on May 4, 2018, to be held at Lasell College, Newton MA.


An electronic copy of the paper and any questions should be submitted by email to



Please note: Students may participate in both the poster presentation and annual student paper

competition. Judging and awards for the poster presentations are separate from the annual paper award.