2017 Recipients

For each conference, a small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active academic interest in the conference area. The Award with its accompanying responsibilities provides a strong professional development opportunity for early career academics. The 2017 Emerging Scholar Awardees are listed below.

Tammy Tram Bui

Tammy Tram Bui

California State University, Long Beach, California, USA

Tammy Tram Bui earned her Bachelors in Social Work (BSW) and Master of Social Work (MSW) at California State University, Long Beach. She has experience in a variety of settings such as working with children, adolescents, and seniors. Her practice includes individual and family therapy, case management, facilitation of groups, and direct services regarding mental health. Additionally, she currently provides tutoring assistance by developing lesson plans and study strategies for adolescents. She plans to pursue clinical social work and become a License Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) working in the field of adulthood and aging.

Evelyn Casimiro

Evelyn Casimiro

California State University, Long Beach, California, USA

Evelyn Casimiro has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the California State University, Long Beach and recently (May 2017) achieved her Masters of Social Work (MSW) from her Alma Mater. Ms. Casimiro has 5 years of non-profit experience working with families from culturally diverse backgrounds in the San Gabriel Valley and Eastern Los Angeles areas. More specifically, her work with the Hispanic/Latino community ranges from case management, group facilitation, community outreach and therapeutic services. As a graduate intern, Ms. Casimiro supported programming that addressed disparities in access to services among individuals with developmental disabilities in the Eastern Los Angeles area. She plans to continue working with ethnically diverse populations to address issues in disparities that impact under served communities, specifically with the gerontology population.

​Chao Fang

​Chao Fang

University of Bath, Somerset, UK

Chao Fang is a final year doctoral student in sociology from the Centre for Death and Society (CDAS) at University of Bath, UK. He studies motivation in bereavement as a sociological concept by looking at how motivation could contribute to further understanding bereavement as a dynamic and interactive process in everyday life. By comparing bereavement narratives from China, UK and Japan, Chao expects to find out how socio-cultural circumstances shape bereaved people’s motivation and their interactions with broader structures in bereavement. Particularly, he focuses on a special group of Chinese bereaved people following the death of an only child. Based on their reported experiences, Chao found these parents’ bereavement is far more than only dealing with emotional pain, but also involves other aspects, such as economic, physical and aging care.

Cassandra Jablonski

Cassandra Jablonski

California State University, Long Beach, California, USA

Cassandra Jablonski recently received her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from California State University, Long Beach in May 2017 in addition to recognition alongside her colleagues for their project entailed "Connecting Our Roots: Listening is an Act of Love". She previously earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Services from California State University, Fullerton and has been recognized for her high academic achievements and leadership both on campus and in the community. Throughout her career, she has provided direct service to multiple at-risk populations facing a number of health and mental health challenges. Cassandra is now actively involved in research examining the needs and care strategies of self-neglecting older adults with chronic diseases and depression, as well as research studying how to best meet the needs of housing displaced and food insecure students in higher education. She is interested in pursuing a Doctorate in Education and participating in research examining the implementation of fieldwork in education.


Ana Martin

Ana Martin

California State University, Long Beach, California, USA

Ana Martin received her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from California State University, Long Beach in May 2017. Ms. Martin has experience working with postpartum and prenatal families, children, and adults providing supportive services to the community with diverse backgrounds in the city of Long Beach. Her most recent work has been providing mental health services in a Full Service Partnership (FSP) program for older adults. These services consist of: groups, individual therapy, linkage to community resources, and evidence-based interventions. She plans to pursue her License in Clinical Social Work (LCSW) and a Doctorate in Psychology to work with ethnically diverse populations.

Jinoh Park

Jinoh Park

North Carolina State University, North Carolina, USA

Jinoh is a Ph.D. student at College of Design, North Carolina State University and works with Dr. Traci Rose Rider about Design for Health & Sustainability. Prior to his Ph.D. study, he majored in Interior Design at Hanyang University in Seoul, Korea and Business Administration at Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland. He has also worked as an Interior Architect and Design Strategist. His research focuses on Economic Feasibility and Occupant Satisfaction in Design Practice, especially the alignment between Financier and Occupant satisfaction for Sustainable Retirement Community Planning, which is the primary subject of his dissertation.

Rachel Smyth

Rachel Smyth

California State University, Long Beach, California, USA

Rachel Smyth is currently a graduate student pursuing a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree at California State University, Long Beach with a concentration in adulthood and aging. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Services from California State University, Fullerton with a concentration in mental health. Rachel has been recognized for her high academic achievements and leadership throughout her career. Throughout her education, she has provided direct service to at-risk populations facing numerous health and mental health challenges including youth, adults and the aging population. Rachel is now actively involved in research on the aging experience and community organization. Rachel is interested in research and practice with veterans, homelessness and restorative justice. Rachel also has an interest in policy development and implementation and hopes to pursue a doctoral education and licensure in social work.

Shalini Yadav

Shalini Yadav

Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India

Shalini Yadav is pursuing a PhD from the Department of Community Medicine, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India. She is working in the area of social gerontology and has published 7 research papers in reputed journals, a book chapter, and articles on various social issues in reputed annual magazines. She attended various research methodology courses and workshops, presenting 6 papers in national and international conferences, including 5 oral presentations and 1 poster presentation. She has two international conference awards to her credit. Her area of interest in research includes gerontology and public health.

In Their Words

I gained a whole new perspective on sharing scientific findings from different specialties. The different approaches in talking circles and garden talks gave me experiences that I've never had in any other scientific conference."

Nor Jannah Raduan, 2016 Awardee

I learned a lot about the experiences of the elderly in different societies. This prepared me to work with the elderly in different communities and to better understand their challenges."

Magen Mutepfa, 2014 Awardee

It was an excellent experience for me as I met participants from different regions and countries around the world. I learned how to interact with the presenters which gave me a lot of confidence to talk and to lead in such a nice event."

Chia-Ming Yen, 2014 Awardee