For several years the ILR has supported University of Florida research and training of professionals in fields leading to greater understanding of the aging process. The ILR currently sponsors annual student research awards in research in aging as well as student expositions as described below.  The awards are presented each spring at a reception at Oak Hammock.

Student Exposition Awards

Each spring ILR invites students and emerging professionals (graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and undergraduate first authors) to present posters at the ILR/UF Student Research-on-Aging Exposition.  
These awards, initiated in 2011, are supported by ILR and the UF Institute on Aging.  All research presented addresses topics related to aging, late life, adult development, and/or associated age-related conditions/phenomena.

Next deadline for submission of abstracts is February 2018.  The online submission form is available here.

The next Exposition will be held at Oak Hammock at the University of Florida in Spring 2018.  Top presenters will receive respectively: First Place - $600, Second Place - $500, Third Place - $400, Two Honorary Mentions - $150 each. 

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2014 Winning Submissions

ILR congratulates tthe winning young scholars with cash awards and a reception in the Oak Room at Oak Hammock.

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Bob Porter, Carla Strickland-Hughes and John Axe at the 2015 Awards ceremony.


 1st  Place:      Sudeshna Chatterjee: Measuring the level of walking impairment after a stroke

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2nd Place: (Tie)    Lindsay Rotblatt: The link between high blood pressure and cognitive impairment

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2nd Place: (Tie)  Talia Seider: Activity levels link to preserved brain volume in older adults


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Honorable Mention: Manas Biswal: Gene Therapy - a promising treatment for macular degeneration






Honorable Mention: Amanda Ford: Adopting a healthy high protein diet without GI issues

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 Awards for Research in Aging (ILR Cluff Awards)

The awards program is supported by the Leighton E. Cluff Endowment, and the Institute for Learning in Retirement at Oak Hammock.

The purpose of these awards is to encourage student scholarly investigation on issues related to older adults and the aging process.  Students are encouraged to examine any topic within the fields of gerontology and geriatrics, broadly defined. Undergraduate students, graduate students, or professional students (including medical residents or postdoctoral students) enrolled or working at the University of Florida for at least one term of the three preceding terms prior to submission are eligible to participate.

A faculty review committee will make two awards of $1200 each for quality papers in the Graduate and Professional category and two awards of $600 each for Graduate or Undergraduate papers.

Appropriate projects include empirical studies, scholarly reviews, or other creative works that address any topic related to late life, aging, or older adults.  Submissions should be no more than 25 pages. Papers are due annually early in the second semester. The awards will be presented at a reception held at Oak Hammock later that year.  Watch for announcements each year that provide exact deadlines.

2017 ILR CLUFF Award Winners (ILR-funded)

Sudeshna A. Chatterjee (Graduate): Measuring the level of walking impairment after a stroke


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2017  CLUFF Award Winners


Joseph McQuail (Graduate): 





Melis Muradogfu (Graduate) 



Jurors for the 2017 Levitt Awards:

John Axe, Dr. Joe Shands, Dr. Christy Carter,  UF Dept. of Aging and Geriatric Research, Dr. Susan Bluck, Associate Professor in Dept. of Psychology.


Awards ceremony photos by Karen Merrey