Poster Session & New Investigator Awards

All posters are presented every fall at the Institute on Aging Annual Colloquium on Aging at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Poster Session

The Poster Session features posters on various aging-related topics dealing with psychosocial, biomedical, and clinical/applied research. Posters are presented by faculty, research scientists, postdocs, and graduate students.

The application for the Poster Session and/or the New Investigator Award automatically registers applicants for the Annual Colloquium on Aging. Applicants’ poster abstracts undergo a scientific review and an acceptance process.

New Investigator Awards

Awards are given to UW–Madison students or advanced trainees to recognize outstanding achievement in aging or life course studies. Winners receive a monetary award and their research is showcased in the event’s Poster Session.

Award Eligibility & Rules:

  • Applicants must be UW–Madison students or advanced trainees (including undergraduates; graduate or medical students; or postdoctoral fellows or trainees). Faculty/staff are not eligible for the award.
  • Work must be performed within the previous two academic years.
  • Applicants must provide a letter of recommendation from their faculty advisor/mentor.  It should:
    • include the statement “I can confirm that the work is substantially the applicant’s own” or something equivalent
    • be on letterhead with a handwritten signature.
      • Applicant must be available to attend the Colloquium on Aging in order to present their work in poster format and be available for the award presentation.
  • Award selections are made by a team of IOA affiliates, based on:
    • importance/significance of the work to aging or life course studies
    • quality of the research
    • accessibility of the work to a general audience
    • strength of the letter of recommendation.
  • Previous winners are not eligible to apply.

2019 New Investigator Award Winner

For Excellence in Biomedical Research: Sophia Sdao

Attenuation of Cyclin-Dependent Kinases in Young Beta Cells Phenocopies Aged Beta Cell Metabolism and Insulin Secretion

Sophia Sdao holding her New Investigator Award with her mentor Matthew Merrins
Sophia Sdao (left) holding her New Investigator Award with her mentor Matthew Merrins (right)

2019 New Investigator Award Winner

For Excellence in Social Science Research: Meghan Jenkins Morales

The Association Between Housing Cost Burden, Unmet Care Needs and Nursing Home Entry Among Community-Dwelling Older Adults

Meghan Jenkins Morales holding her New Investigator Award with IOA Administrator, Allison Zenke
Meghan Jenkins Morales (left) holding her New Investigator Award with IOA Administrator Allison Zenke (right)