The USC Roybal Institute fosters and recognizes excellence in research and community partnerships that further the needs of older minority persons, particularly those from underserved backgrounds. Toward that end, the institute awards two prizes, each accompanied by a $1,500 honorarium, at its Edward R. Roybal Memorial Lecture.
Pearmain Prize for Excellence in Research on Aging
The Pearmain Prize for Excellence in Research on Aging honors a scholar who best exemplifies outstanding contributions to the field of translational aging research and its import to issues directly relating to older people. The Pearmain Prize recipient delivers remarks at the Edward R. Roybal Memorial Lecture and also meets privately with doctoral students during his or her visit to USC to accept the award.
To be eligible for the award, the research should have (1) generated new knowledge or substantially reorganized or reinterpreted existing knowledge, (2) fostered innovative translational aging research and its import to solving issues directly related to older people and (3) demonstrated excellence in bridging translational science in aging to practice and/or policy. Once an individual has won the Pearmain Prize, the recipient will be ineligible to receive it again unless a second nomination is based solely on work completed after the prior award.
The Pearmain Prize was established through the generosity of the late Diantha Pearmain, a retired social worker committed to furthering the work of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. The school created the Pearmain Prize in support of the USC Roybal Institute’s mission of translational research to benefit aging minority populations, and to honor the memory of Diantha Pearmain.
USC Roybal Institute Community Partnership Award
The USC Roybal Institute Community Partnership Award recognizes practitioners who have fostered and excelled in establishing partnerships benefiting older persons, particularly those from low-income and multiethnic backgrounds. Individuals from the community, a community agency or a public agency whose creative efforts have developed and/or sustained aging programs or services benefiting the underserved are eligible for the award. The accolade is designed to showcase the impact and benefits that result from partnerships that lead to real-life changes within the community.