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Douglas Holmes Emerging Scholar Paper Award

Douglas Holmes

The Douglas Holmes Emerging Scholar Paper Award, sponsored by the RESQCARE Interest Group, honors Dr. Douglas Holmes, a noted psychologist who dedicated his life’s work to improving the lives of older adults.

The Douglas Holmes Emerging Scholar Paper Award recognizes research with potential to improve quality of life and/or quality of care in long-term care and is intended to encourage and support innovative and promising research across long-term care settings (i.e., nursing home, hospice, assisted living, adult day, or home and community based care). The award will be presented to the author(s) of the winning paper at GSA’s Annual Scientific Meeting at the RESQCARE Interest Group Meeting.

Open Submission Period

Summer 2024


  • Applicants must be a Student or Transitional member of GSA.
  • Eligibility is limited to those who are no more than 5 years post doctorate by the final submission deadline.
  • Applicants must submit an abstract for the GSA's Annual Scientific Meeting.
  • The abstract must be accepted for the meeting.
  • The student must present at GSA's Annual Scientific Meeting.
  • Once accepted, applicants must submit a paper from the accepted abstract by the deadline.
  • The winning paper will be selected by a combined ESPO and RESQCARE review panel.
  • The winner(s) will be expected to give a short synopsis of their paper at the RESQCARE Interest Group Meeting at the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting.
  • The paper must…
    • be original and not yet published or copyrighted by a journal, book, or other form of publication.
    • be innovative, and push the envelope of current conceptualization.
    • be approximately 20 pages in length using APA style guidelines.
    • be of sufficient quality to be considered for publication in book chapter or peer-reviewed journal.
    • If the manuscript was co-authored, the submission must include a statement from all additional authors verifying that the work was primarily the applicant's.

Note: If the same paper is submitted and qualifies for more than one GSA award, only the Douglas Holmes Emerging Scholar Paper Award will be awarded.

Nature of the Award
The award carries a $500 cash prize. The award will be presented to the author(s) of the winning paper at the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting during the RESQCARE Interest Group Meeting.

Self Nomination Process 
In order to submit for the award, you will need to submit two copies of your paper (one blinded, one not), abstract control ID number, and required co-author(s) statement. 

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