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Eunhye Kim  Eunhye Kim

Doctoral student selected for Gerontological Social Work Pre-Dissertation Initiative

Posted June 23, 2016
Reported by: Laurie Anderson,

Athens, Ga. -- Eunhye Kim, a first year doctoral student in the University of Georgia School of Social Work, has been selected for the Gerontological Social Work Pre-Dissertation Initiative by the Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work. The program supports the dissertation process and helps to prepare doctoral students for an academic career in gerontological social work. Ten recipients were selected from a national pool of applicants. Admission to the program is “highly competitive,” said program co-director Marla Berg-Weger.

As an awardee, Ms. Kim will receive a $1,200 stipend from the association to attend the 2016 Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, in November. The The award will be matched with a $600 stipend from the School of Social Work to help defray expenses.

According to Assistant Professor Tiffany Washington, who serves as Kim’s sponsor, Kim is already participating in gerontological research, as well as independent training designed to enhance her gerontological social work research skills. “This award officially puts her on the gerontology researcher/educator pipeline,” said Washington.

Students accepted to the initiative receive more than ten hours of programming at the conference, including a day-long pre-conference session that focuses on the dissertation process, research strategies, crafting mixed methods research proposals, identifying funding, teaching and writing for publication.

Kim plans to apply what she learns to investigate the mental health needs of elderly Korean adults, a population with a high incidence of depression, and to develop culturally appropriate interventions based on her findings.

“This award has encouraged me to keep moving forward with my research,” said Kim. “I am looking forward to attending the conference this fall.”