The David and Darlene Janovy Summer Award for Research on Aging

The Janovy Summer Award for Research on Aging is designed to support an undergraduate or graduate student to conduct aging related research under the supervision of a faculty mentor between May and August each year. The intent of the fellowship is to advance both the research-related skills of the student while providing them an opportunity to significantly contribute to the field of gerontology.

Who is eligible: This is available to students of all majors and all graduate programs that are current students at MSU-Mankato. Faculty mentors may be from any institution but must have research faculty status with their institution, or be emeriti of MSU-Mankato’s Aging Studies Program.
This proposal cannot proceed without a faculty mentor

Timeline: The applicant for the Janovy Award will open December 1 each year. Full proposals should be submitted no later than January 31. The Fellowship Committee for the Chesley Center on Aging Board of Directors will review the applications and recommend the recipient during the March Board meeting. The awardee and their mentor will be named and presented during a presentation at the annual Chesley Lecture.

Award: $3000 for the Student (paid during summer term), and 1 paid extra duty day for the mentor.

Output: Awardees and mentors will complete their work in the form of an academic paper no later than March 1 of the year following the award. This paper will then be presented either at the annual undergraduate research conference at MSU-Mankato (for undergraduate students) or at an academic conference appropriate to the paper’s content (for graduate students and/or undergraduates). Students will also be asked to present their findings to the Aging Studies Faculty in April and to provide a poster presentation of their work at the annual Chesley Lecture.

Outcome: Students will learn research techniques relating to an area of interest to them. Students will learn how to collaborate with a research colleague. Faculty will have the opportunity to team with student researchers on a student led, faculty supervised project of interest to them. The complete project will advance the understanding of the aging process in some way by presenting findings of unique research.

Key Dates:
December 1: Proposal period opens
January 31: Proposal deadline
March (first Wednesday each year): Chesley Center Board of Directors selects award recipient
April (ASP Spring Meeting): Awardee from the previous year presents their findings to the ASP Committee
May (Annual Chesley Lecture): Awardee from the previous year provides a poster presentation at the annual Chesley Lecture on Aging. Awardee should also have either completed their presentation at an appropriate conference or have it scheduled. Awardee for the current cycle is announced. May (First day of Summer Term I): Awardee fro current award and faculty mentor receive the monetary award.

Please Note: Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. All materials must be received no later than 4pm on February 15 to be considered by the Fellowship Review Committee for the Chesley Center on Aging.

David and Darlene Janovy
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Supplemental Questions
  1. Upload a resume.
  2. Proposal Checklist of Items Required:
    • Introducation: The introduction should include a discussion of the relevance of the research question and how it relates to advancing the positive practice of aging. The introduction should also include citations of key research related to the proposal. (1 page maximum)
    • Mentor CV: Please provide a CV for the faculty mentor. This can be abbreviated or a selective CV as desired by the mentor.
    • Optional: Other Information: Please provide additional information, including graphics, that the applicant feels is important for the proposal's consideration. Please note that this is optional and not a formal part of the application process. (1 page maximum)
    • Personal Statement: Applicant should include a statement regarding their interest in the research question. Furthermore, they should include a description of any pertinent courses or experiences that underscore their ability to successfully complete the proposed research within the time allowed. (0.5 page maximum)
    • Proposed Plan for Presentation: All completed projects must be shared at least through a poster presentation at the annual Chesley Lecture, and through one paper presentation. Please provide a statement of where and how applicants intend to share their findings (including submission of completed papers to specific journals). (0.5 page maximum)
    • Proposed Research Model: Please provide a clear statement of how you plan to explore the research model, including specifics on the data to be collected, how it will be collected, and what methodology will be used for analysis. In addition, proposals should specify plans for IRB proposal submission as well as a statement on anticipated problems that could compromise or complicate the research project and how they can be overcome. (1.5 page maximum)
    • Sample Bibliography: Please include references for any citations included in this proposal, as well as key references for other related works that showcase the relevance of the proposed research. Any style may be used for references but once chosen must be consistently used. (0.5 page maximum)
    • Timeline: Please provide a complete timeline for how the research will move forward, beginning with the first day of Summer Session I and ending March 1 the following year. (1 page maximum)