Awards Programs

Awards Programs 2018-05-30T12:24:38+00:00

STUDENT RESEARCH AWARDS

The Institute for Learning in Retirement came into existence in 2001, founded as a partnership between the University of Florida and Oak Hammock.  The University committed to support  ILR curriculum with faculty expertise.  For its part, ILR committed to active support of student research activities – particularly in the study of the various aspects of aging.

Today, ILR supports student research with three annual programs:

I.  ROBERT A. LEVITT AWARDS
FOR
STUDENT RESEARCH ON AGING

This is ILR’s primary program in support of student research.  It calls for student entries from a  list of University departments.  It is open to all students doing research on subjects that contribute to our understanding of some aspect of aging.  Most entrants are Masters or PhD candidates.

ILR POSTER EXPOSITION FOR STUDENT RESEARCH ON AGING

In the first stage of the Levitt Awards competition, students present their research at the annual “ILR Poster Exposition for Student Research on Aging.”  The Exposition is a judged competition held in February at Oak Hammock.  ILR members attend the Exposition and take an active part in review and discussions with the presenters.  The judges select the top five poster presentations.  The five presenters become “finalists” in the competition for the ILR-sponsored Robert A. Levitt Awards. and return several weeks later, with oral / PowerPoint presentations of their research work to an audience of ILR members and judges.  The judges score the presentations to determine the distribution of $3,000 in ILR-funded prizes to the finalists.

 BRIEF GENERAL TITLES FOR EACH POSTER PRESENTATION:

BARRIERS TO PALLIATIVE CARE
CYBER FRAUD SUSCEPTIBILITY
MISSED VACCINATIONS IN THE ELDERLY
REMEMBERING SOCIAL LOSSES
HIGH FAT/LOW CARB DIETS
REGULATION OF DECISION MAKING
FISH OIL AND MOBILITY
MEMORY, DRUGS, AND THE BRAIN
INFLAMMATION AFFECTS COGNITION
SELF-MANAGEMENT OF PAIN
GENETIC MARKERS PREDICT DECLINE
NEW DRUG FOR INFLAMMATION?
FITNESS-TO-DRIVE SCREENING
SEEK ADVICE: GRANDPA VS. GOOGLE
GROWTH AFTER LIFE CHALLENGES
A HORMONE FOR CHRONIC PAIN
EFFECTS OF SYSTEMIC INFLAMMATION

 

PRESENTATIONS BY FINALISTS

The finalists for the Levitt Awards each delivers a 15 minute oral or PowerPoint presentation of his or her research project.  These are judged presentations.   ILR awards prizes of $1,000 for the winner, $800 for second place, $600 for third place, and two runner-up prizes of $300 each. ILR members in attendance have the opportunity to make written comments on all five finalist presentations.  Their member’s comments are shared with the three Levitt Awards judges during the scoring process.

The five 2018 LEVITT AWARD finalists were:

 FIRST PLACE ($1,000 Award)  

STAJA BOOKER       “SELF-MANAGEMENT OF PAIN”
Post-Doctoral Fellow
College of Dentistry

SECOND PLACE ($800 Award) 

SHABNAB MEDHIZAHAH       “FITNESS-TO-DRIVE SCREENING”
PhD Candidate
Department of Psychology

THIRD PLACE ($600 Award)

JOLIE BARTER      “EFFECTS OF SYSTEMIC INFLAMMATION”
PhD Candidate
Department of Neuroscience

HONORABLE MENTION ($300 Award)

EMILY MROZ    “BARRIERS TO PALLIATIVE CARE”
PhD Candidate
Department of Psychology

HONORABLE MENTION, ($300 Award):

PAUL TALTY    “CYBER FRAUD SUSCEPTIBILITY”
 Undergraduate
Department of Psychology                                                   


Program Chair Ron Bern with Levitt Award Judges:  Prof. David Clark, Gail Dewsbury, and Prof. Susan Bluck

 

II. CLUFF AWARDS

FOR

STUDENT RESEARCH ON AGING

These awards are presented to UF students who submit formal research papers describing their research projects on various aspects of aging.  The papers are scored by a panel of UF faculty judges.  Prizes for the Cluff Awards are jointly funded by a university endowment and by ILR, which allocates $1,200 annually as its share of the Cluff prizes.

 

 The 2018 ILR-funded CLUFF AWARD:

TIAN LIN   “THE EFFECT OF FACE ATTRACTIVENESS ON FACE MEMORY – FROM A DEVELOPMENT PERSPECTIVE”

Clinical Science Graduate Student, shown with Cluff Faculty Coordinator Professor Natalie Ebner.

 

 

III.  SANTA FE COLLEGE STUDENT RESEARCH POSTER EXPOSITION

In 2013, ILR expanded its support of student research to include students from Santa Fe College, in Gainesville.

Annually, ILR invites a select number of Santa Fe students to present posters on multi-disciplinary research topics.  The students present their research at Oak Hammock, where ILR members and judges review their work.  ILR allocates $1,800 per year in prizes for the Santa Fe program.

 

 

 

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