2019 Outstanding Junior Investigator of the Year Award

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Signup Deadline: 12-03-2018



This award will be given to an outstanding junior investigator for their body of work. The award takes into consideration independence of thought and originality in new and relevant research in geriatrics and gerontology. The award is designed to recognize individuals who are committed to a career in aging research. 


This award is targeted to junior investigators (Assistant Professor/Instructor or equivalent) who are in the career development stage of their research career with a faculty appointment of at least three years, but no more than seven years, and who have had a demonstrated focus on aging research during the period of faculty appointment. The ideal candidate is an individual who has previously been awarded a career development award (e.g. A traditional K award, a post-doctoral award under The John A. Hartford Foundation, etc.), competitively obtained external pilot grant funds, or an R-level grant (e.g., R03 or R21, but not an RO1) or institutional grant (but not an R01). Applicants must demonstrate evidence of a record of accomplishments in aging research, such as:

  • First-author original research publications (not review articles) in aging;
  • Poster/oral presentations of aging research at national meetings; or
  • At least one research grant submitted as principal investigator.

Applicants must also demonstrate evidence of a career plan related to aging research. 

Nomination Process 

The nomination should consist of:
  • A primary letter of nomination written by a senior researcher who knows the candidate’s work. The letter should outline the candidate’s involvement in the AGS, research contributions and potential.
  • The candidate's biosketch (NIH- style 4 pages maximum) and a mentoring table/summary.
  • Reprints of up to three publications illustrating the candidate’s most important contributions.
  • One supporting letter of recommendation (limited to 1 page). 
The candidate should continue to be actively engaged in the line of research for which the award is made. Nominations will be reviewed and the awardee selected by the AGS Research Committee. 


To recognize his/her outstanding achievements, the awardee will receive a letter documenting the award and a framed certificate will be presented during the Awards Ceremony at the AGS Annual Scientific Meeting.

Past Recipients of the Outstanding Junior Investigator of the Year Award

2018    John Newman, MD, PhD
2017    Dae Kim, MD, MPH, ScD
2016    Rebecca Brown, MD, MPH
            S. Ryan Greysen, MD, MHS, MA, FHM
2015    Micah Drummond, MD
2014    Sarah D. Berry, MD
2013    Amy Kelley, MD, MSHS
            Heather Whitson, MD, MSHS


Dennise McAlpin
American Geriatrics Society