STUDENT RESEARCH AWARDS

The Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) came into existence in 2001, founded as a partnership between the University of Florida (UF) 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 all University of Florida 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.

In the first stage of the Levitt Awards competition, students present their research at the annual “ILR Poster Session for Student Research on Aging.”  This is a judged poster competition held in February at Oak Hammock.  ILR members attend the poster session and take an active part in research discussions with the student presenters.  The judges select the top five poster presentations.  The five winners become “finalists” in the competition for the ILR-sponsored Robert A. Levitt Awards. and return several weeks later to give more detailed presentations on their research.

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 the ILR and the Leighton R. Cluff Research on Aging endowment at UF. ILR allocates $1,200 annually as its share of the Cluff prizes.

To see the latest Levitt and Cluff award winners click here.

III.  SANTA FE COLLEGE STUDENT RESEARCH POSTER EXPOSITION

This event is a initiative organized by the Santa Fe College, Research for Undergraduate Education (RUE) committee.  It is a college wide initiative to bring together all the students that have done any type of research.  The College is trying to increase the interest of the students to get involved in research during their undergraduate years at SF College.

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 allocated $1,200 per year in prizes for the Santa Fe program.

To see the latest Santa Fe student winners click here.