Awards

2021 award winners are listed below.

Instructions and deadlines for 2022 award nominations will be provided soon.


Matilda White Riley Distinguished Scholar Award

This annual award honors a scholar in the field of aging and the life course who has shown exceptional achievement in research, theory, policy analysis, or who has otherwise advanced knowledge of aging and the life course.

The 2020 winner is Ellen L. Idler (Emory University).

Nomination Process: We have two ways to nominate a colleague for the MWR Distinguished Scholar Award.

  • Submit the name of nominee with a brief justification to the Chair of the MWR Scholar Selection Committee by December 1 of each year. The committee will then solicit supporting materials and/or evaluation letters.
  • Submit a full nomination of a candidate by March 1 of each year. Letters of nomination should describe the nominee’s contributions to the study of aging and the life course that warrant consideration. If multiple persons wish to nominate a person, we strongly encourage co-signers on a single nomination letter.

We did not seek nominations for the 2021 Award. The SALC council made the difficult decision to not seek nominations this year because of the disruption caused by the pandemic. Under normal circumstances, the 2019 award winner, Merril Silverstein would have delivered the Matilda White Riley lecture at the 2020 ASA meeting. It is a highlight of the conference and a coveted opportunity for SALC members to engage with each other and the award winner. Rather than deliver the lecture virtually or “double up” and have both the 2019 and 2020 award winners give lectures at the 2021 ASA meeting, the award winners and SALC council agreed to the following:

  • Ellen Idler, 2020 Matilda White Riley award winner, will deliver her lecture at ASA 2022.
  • There was no 2021 award winner. This will allow the award process to get back on track.
  • The 2022 Matilda White Riley award winner will deliver their lecture at ASA 2023, as usual.

Outstanding Publication Award

This annual award honors an outstanding recent contribution to the field of sociology of aging and the life course as determined by the Outstanding Publication Award Committee.

The 2021 award is for an article by Courtney E. Boen (University of Pennsylvania):
2020. “Criminal Justice Contacts and Psychophysiological Functioning in Early Adulthood: Health Inequality in the Carceral State.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 61(3), 290-306.

Nomination Process: Eligible publications include original research reports, theoretical or methodological developments, and policy-related contributions. The outstanding publication will rotate between papers and books, with the latter eligible every three years. Papers, including articles and chapters, published within the last three years (2019-2021) are eligible for the 2022 award.

A single author or one of the coauthors must be a SALC member. Multiple entries cannot by submitted by the same author(s); please choose the strongest entry. Only SALC members are permitted to make nominations, but nominators should make only one nomination. Self-nominations are accepted. Papers that have been uploaded as Advance Access articles but have not yet been published, cannot be submitted until next year as they will have 2021 copyright dates (for the 2022 award).

A nomination letter should accompany a PDF of the article or book. The letter should provide the full citation, describe the scope of the publication, and highlight some of its contributions to the field. Contact information for submitting publication nominations for the 2022 award will be provided soon.

Deadline is March 1, 2022.

Graduate Student Paper Award

This annual award honors an outstanding paper written by a graduate student member(s) of SALC, as determined by the Graduate Student Paper Award committee. The award consists of $250 presented to the winner at the SALC Business Meeting, held during the annual ASA meeting.

The 2021 award is for a paper by Leafia Zi Ye (University of Wisconsin):
“Continuous Integration or Cumulative (Dis)advantage? U.S. Immigrants’ Economic Trajectories in Later Life”

2021 Honorable Mention: Tabitha G. Wilbur (Indiana University-Bloomington):
“Stressed but not Depressed: A Longitudinal Analysis of First-Generation College Students, Stress, and Depressive Symptoms.” Social Forces, 100(1), 56-85.

Nomination Process: Papers authored or coauthored solely by students are eligible; faculty co-authorship is not allowed. Eligible student authors include master’s and pre-doctoral student members of the section who are currently enrolled in a graduate program, or who have graduated no earlier than December 2021. Unpublished, under review, accepted, or published papers are eligible. If published, the paper should have appeared within the past two calendar years (e.g., a paper nominated in 2022 may have been published anytime during 2020 or 2021). Unpublished papers should not exceed 9,000 words of text (not including references, tables, etc). Self-nominations are encouraged.

To be nominated, an electronic version of the paper must be sent along with a completed and signed SALC Graduate Student Award Nomination Form. Contact information for submitting nominations for the 2022 award will be provided soon.

Deadline is March 1, 2022.

Outstanding Mentor Award

SALC has a rich legacy of mentoring, both of students and junior faculty. We want to honor this history by recognizing SALC members who have distinguished themselves as mentors in the field of aging and the life course.

The 2021 winner is Linda K. George (Duke University).

Nomination Process: Letters of nomination should describe the nominee’s contributions to mentoring in the area of aging and the life course that warrant consideration. If multiple persons wish to nominate a person, we strongly encourage co-signers on a single nomination letter. We also urge those preparing nomination letters to indicate where co-signers are working now and to think broadly about types of mentorship.

Contact information for submitting nominations for the 2022 award will be provided soon.

Deadline is March 1, 2022.

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