Deadline: 1/31/19

The Youth, Aging, and the Life Course Division  of theSociety for the Study of Social Problems 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 research on young people, older populations, and the relationship to today’s pressing social issues (including public policy).  Qualitative and quantitative empirical analyses and theoretical papers are welcome.

Current graduate students and recent graduates (who received their degrees after January 2018) may submit a paper if it was written while a student. The paper must be either unpublished, or published after January 2018.  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; 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 2019 SSSP Annual Meeting in New York City (August 2019).  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 should be submitted to any Youth, Aging, and the Life Course (co)sponsored session by the January 31stdeadline, 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 $100, a student membership to SSSP, and a SSSP conference registration.

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 Perri Leviss at  .  The submission should: be no more than 30 double-spaced pages (including references and notes); use 12-point font; be double-spaced throughout; use one-inch margins; and be prepared for anonymous review, with the author(s) specified only on the cover page and identifying references blinded.


Deadline: 4/15/19

Members of the Youth, Aging, and Life Course Division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems 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 2019 Division Meeting (held at the annual conference) and receive a monetary prize of $100 to be shared with a community organization of their choice.  For more information or to nominate a scholar-activist, please e-mail Perri Leviss at  .