Margaret Clark 2024 Best Paper Award

AAGE is pleased to announce its annual call for outstanding graduate and undergraduate student papers to compete for the 2024 Margaret Clark Award. This award supports the continued pursuit of work following the example of M. Margaret Clark, a pioneer in the multidisciplinary study of socio-cultural gerontology and medical anthropology, and a scholar committed to mentoring younger colleagues. Since 1993, this award has sought to recognize and uplift the contributions of the next generation of scholars whose work expands and deepens our understanding of aging from an anthropological perspective and underlines the critical importance of this field for the broader anthropological and gerontological communities.

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Contributions are invited from students of all disciplines and methods. Papers must not be previously published or currently under review. 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 is determined by enrollment status during the 2023-24 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

Winning papers will receive USD300.00. Jurors may select papers for Honorable Mention with a free AAGE year membership. Winning papers will be given the right of first refusal by Anthropology & Aging and acknowledged at the AAGE annual business meeting in November. Abstracts of the winning manuscripts will also be published on the AAGE website.

Submissions must include the following as a single document (Word or PDF):

-Title page, including: Undergraduate or graduate status during 2023-24, name, mailing address, institutional affiliation, and a working email address

-Brief abstract (150-200 words)

Submission to be a maximum 9,000 words (including all materials, notes, and bibliography), written in English, double-spaced with references in any standard bibliographic format (e.g., Chicago, APA). They should not be under review or published elsewhere.

Deadline to submit is June 30, 2024. Only complete submissions will be considered. Questions should be directed to Felicity Aulino, Limit one entry per student. Submission Link:

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