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Annual Awards

The Gerontology Institute hosts an award ceremony every spring to recognize outstanding students, faculty, alumni, community members, and organizations. Awards candidates are nominated by the gerontology community and selected by the Awards Committee. During the ceremony, we also recognize all students who earned Gerontology certificates and degrees from our program over the past year.

Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award 
This award is presented to an undergraduate certificate or minor student at Georgia State University who distinguishes himself or herself by outstanding scholarship and significant community or university service and demonstrates potential for leadership in the field of aging. 

Outstanding Graduate Certificate Student Award 
This award is presented to a graduate certificate student at Georgia State University who distinguishes himself or herself by outstanding scholarship and significant community or university service and demonstrates potential for leadership in the field of aging. 

Outstanding Master’s Student Award 
This award is presented to an M.A. student at Georgia State University who distinguishes himself or herself by outstanding scholarship and significant community or university service and demonstrates potential for leadership in the field of aging. 

Distinguished Alumni Award
This award is presented to a graduate of the Gerontology Institute at Georgia State University who has made outstanding contributions to the field of aging. It is intended to recognize sustained achievement as an educator, researcher, professional, or volunteer working to improve the lives of older people.

Distinguished Faculty Award 
This award is presented to a member of the Gerontology faculty at Georgia State University who has made significant and sustained contributions to gerontological education, research, or service and advanced the goals of the Gerontology Institute. 

Distinguished Service Award 
This award is presented to an individual or organization, not necessarily connected to Georgia State University, that has made outstanding contributions to the field of aging. It is intended to recognize sustained commitment to the goal of improving the quality of life for older persons in the metropolitan Atlanta community, whether through professional or volunteer involvement in service provision, teaching, or research activities.

2013 Award Recipients


Outstanding Undergraduate Student

Victoria Helmly

Distinguished Alumni

Betty Van Gerpen

Outstanding Graduate Certificate Student

Christina Barmon

Distinguished Faculty

Sheryl Strasser

Outstanding Master’s Student

Celeste Greene

Distinguished Service

Meals on Wheels Atlanta