Margaret Clark Award For Student Papers (Sponsored by AAGE)

Award Competition

AAGE invites graduate and undergraduate students to submit papers of interest to anthropology and gerontology to compete for the Margaret Clark Award. This award supports the continued pursuit of work following the example of Margaret Clark, a pioneer in the multidisciplinary study of socio-cultural gerontology and medical anthropology, and a scholar committed to mentoring younger colleagues.


Contributions are invited from students of all disciplines and methods. Non-members and members are invited to apply.  We welcome submissions that are research, analytic, or literary in nature, and academic, applied or practice oriented. Graduate and undergraduate status are determined by enrollment status during the 2018-2019 academic year.

Essays will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Originality and timeliness of topic.
  • Effective use of theory and evidence.
  • Significance to anthropological studies of aging.
  • Clear and effective writing and organization.

Published or accepted manuscripts are ineligible for this competition.  Limit one entry per student.

Submission of Manuscripts

Submissions must include the following as a single MS Word document:

  • Title page with the following information
  • Undergraduate or graduate status during 2018-2019 academic year
  • Name, mailing address and institutional affiliation and email address (and future contact information if a change is anticipated).
  • Brief (150-200 words) abstract
  • Word Count (no more than 9,000 words)

Manuscript should be no more than 9,000 words (including all materials, notes, & bibliography), written in English, double-spaced with references in any standard bibliographic format (e.g. American Anthropologist, American Psychological Association).


Materials must be submitted by June 1. Only complete submissions will be considered. Submissions and related questions should be sent to both award chairs via email with “Margaret Clark Award” in the subject line:

Jessica Robbins   

Samantha Grace 



About the author

Janelle S Taylor

I am a medical anthropologist, trained as a sociocultural anthropologist, with research interests that include dementia and caregiving, advance care planning, and medical decisionmaking at the end of life.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.