Deadline: 1/31/24

The Youth, Aging, and the Life Course Division invites graduate students to submit a paper to the Graduate Student Paper Award competition. Papers should help to advance our understanding of life course scholarship including, but not limited to, age- and aging-related social issues (including public policy) and connections between changing social structures and lived experience across the life course. Qualitative and quantitative empirical analyses and theoretical papers are welcome.

Current graduate students and recent graduates who received their degrees after January 2023 may submit a paper if it was written while a student. The paper must be either unpublished, or published after January 2023. Papers based on theses or dissertations are acceptable. Co-authored papers are also acceptable as long as all of the listed authors are current or recent graduate students (those who received their degrees after January 2023); faculty and non-graduate student co-authors are not allowed. Students may submit to only one SSSP student paper award competition; submission to multiple SSSP award competitions will disqualify the paper. The award recipient is expected to present the winning paper at the 2024 SSSP Annual Meeting. To facilitate scheduling the presentation, the (lead) author must submit the paper through the Call for Papers process for the annual meeting. Regular submission through the Call for Papers process ensures that the winning paper can be placed on the program. The paper must be submitted to any Youth, Aging, and the Life Course (co)sponsored session by the January 31st deadline, as well as e-mailed separately to the Award Committee Chair as indicated below.

The award recipient will be publicly announced at the Awards Ceremony and receive a plaque, a monetary prize of $150, a student membership to SSSP, and complimentary SSSP conference registration for the 2024 Annual Meeting. To have a paper considered for this award, please send an electronic copy of the paper and a cover letter that includes a brief overview of the paper, identifies the graduate program and status of all authors, and certifies that the paper meets all of the criteria for the award to Brittney Miles at by the January 31st deadline. The submission may be no longer than 10,000 words, including title page, references, and notes, and should use 12-point font, one-inch margins, and be double spaced throughout (tables may be single spaced).


Deadline: 1/31/24

The Youth, Aging, and Life Course Division encourages members to submit nominations for the Maggie Kuhn Award for Scholar-Activists.

Maggie Kuhn was the founder of the Gray Panthers, an intergenerational social justice organization. The Maggie Kuhn Award, established in 2014, is awarded to a scholar-activist who upholds the ideals of social and economic justice and peace for individuals of all ages, in both their scholarship and service. These ideals include, but are not limited to, honoring age, intergenerational work, and scholarship and/or activism that promotes a humane society by putting the needs of people over profits, responsibility over power, and democracy over institutions. The award recipient will be publicly announced at the YALC 2024 Division Meeting (held at the annual conference) and receive a monetary prize of $150 to be shared with a community organization of their choice. For more information or to nominate a scholar-activist, please e-mail Brittney Miles at