The Pearl J. Aldrich Endowment in Aging Related Research and Education

Application Deadline: May 17, 2017



The Pearl J. Aldrich Endowment in Gerontology was created through an estate gift by Pearl Jackson Aldrich, PhD, who passed way in 1997. Dr. Aldrich was a long-standing faculty member who devoted nearly 36 years to MSU’s Department of Family Ecology before retiring as a professor and associate dean for research in 1978.

Dr. Aldrich earned her bachelors and masters degrees from Purdue University and her PhD in nutrition from Iowa State College. She became the head of the Food Services Laboratory at the Michigan State College (University) and published numerous journal articles in the area of food research. During her lifetime, Dr. Aldrich was especially committed to encouraging interdisciplinary approaches to discovering new knowledge in the field of gerontology and/or applying such knowledge to improve the lives of older adults.

Dr. Aldrich established this fund in 1989 in appreciation for the assistance and opportunities made available to her in pursuing educational challenges throughout her own professional career.

The Research Project

The project proposal should address a research question that has unambiguous relevance to the field of gerontology, the study of the aging processes and individuals as they grow from middle age through later life, or geriatrics, a medical subspecialty devoted to the comprehensive health care of older persons and the well-being of their caregivers. Quantitative and qualitative research proposals may be submitted that utilize descriptive, correlational, experimental, and quasi-experimental study designs. Intercollegiate, collaborative, and interdisciplinary research proposals are given special consideration, as are applications that have a strong likelihood of obtaining future extramural funding. The scope of the project should be appropriate for completion in one-year as carry-over funding is not available for this award. Re-submissions of previously funded Aldrich proposals are permitted, to complete unfinished work, however re-submitted proposals are not necessarily given a higher priority for funding and are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Proposals submitted by faculty who have previously received awards from the Aldrich Endowment must be unique and not represent derivative studies of their earlier funded projects. Questions or clarifications about this policy should be forwarded to the Endowment Advisory Committee Chairperson well in advance of the proposal submission deadline.

Selection Process

Each application (due by May 7, 2017) will be initially reviewed by two members of the Advisory Committee who disclose no conflicts of interest with the investigator(s). Applications deemed complete will be presented by the primary reviewer during the Advisory Committee Meeting in early June for additional review and discussion. Content experts may be called upon to assist Committee Members in the review process, as appropriate. Those applicants selected as awardees will be notified by June 15, with awards effective July 1.

Contact Information

All questions regarding the Pearl Aldrich Graduate Student and Faculty Research Awards may be directed to Dr. Kevin T. Foley, Advisory Committee Chairperson, (517) 884-0446 or

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