The Catholic University of America

Center on Global Aging Interdisciplinary Essay Contest

Congratulations to the 2015 COGA Essay Contest Winners!


Brian Connor, Columbus School of Law
Julia Skellie, School of Nursing
Eva Weissmann, NCSSS

Runners Up:

Karin Lee, NCSSS
Chelsea Tanous, NCSSS

The Center on Global Aging (COGA) of the National Catholic School of Social Service (NCSSS) promotes research, education, networking, advocacy, and practice in aging. To encourage Social Work, Nursing, and Law students to pursue research and careers in aging, the Center instituted an essay contest for bachelors and masters students in the format of an op-ed piece. In 2015 applicants were asked to respond to one of the following prompts.

Given the exponential growth of America’s aging population:

  1. In a year that marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older Americans Act, as well as the 80th anniversary of Social Security, reflect on the importance of any of these programs moving forward.
  2. Gerontology is selected as an area for specialization by only 5% of social work students, 1% of registered nurses, 3% of advanced practice RNs, and the need for elder law attorneys is growing. How would you argue to other students of your discipline that this area of study is significant? Or, how is gerontology relevant to your area of interest? (Military, school settings, policy, clinical, etc.)
  3. Longevity/health disparities exist in almost every area of difference: socio-economic status, race, gender, etc. How can we work to address these disparities?