Did you know that the ATG has a scholarship to help students pay for research-related expenses?

We aim to provide scholarships (up to $500) to students to conduct their research (1-2 scholarships per year based on resources; open to MS or PhD level). Read below for details about the scholarship application and process and learn about past recipients of the ATG scholarship.

Scholarship application and process

Requirements for consideration:

  • Students must be members of the ATG
  • Open to MS or PhD level
  • Students must agree to submit their research to the HFES conference within 2 years of receiving the award.

Send your completed application to the ATG Chair (Dr. Jing Feng; jing_feng AT by September 1:

  • A 1-2 page description of the project and request for funds.
  • Timeline for the research leading up to graduation.
  • A letter of support from faculty stating:
    • how the funding from the ATG is critical to the research,
    • what the student’s academic/scholarship record is, and
    • an endorsement of the student’s research plan.

A selection committee comprised of ATG members will review and score the submissions. The winner will be announced and the ATG scholarship award will be presented during the ATG business meeting at the HFES annual conference.  So please be sure to attend the Wednesday lunch!

Past Recipients

2020: Na Du

Research Project: 

“The Impacts of Older Drivers’ Cognitive and Psychological Conditions on Crash Involvement Using Naturalistic Driving Data”

2019: Gaojian Huang

Research Project: 

“The Influence of Non-chronological Age Factors on Mental States and Takeover Performance in Next-Generation Autonomous Driving”

2018: Sean McGlynn

Research Project: 

“Understanding spatial presence to enhance virtual reality applications for older adults.”

2015: Christina Harrington

Research Project: 

“Evaluating the most effective format of Quick-Start Guide to aid Older Adults in performing gesture-based interactions.

Follow-up submission: Presented at HFES 2017 Annual Conference

2014: Bridget Lewis

Research Project:

“Intramodal and crossmodal inattentional insensitivity in Older Adults”

2013: HeeSun Choi


Research Project:

Aging and attentional failures during driving

2012: Michelle Bryant


Research Project:

Predicting the challenge point: Ensuring skill acquisition for different populations

2011: Nicole Fink


Research Project:

How is prospective memory used to complete instrumental activities of daily living? Examining the topic through focus groups with older adults.

2010: Cara Bailey Fausset


Research Project:

People of all ages must comprehend health information and make decisions about their health. Often, health-related materials contain quantitative information, and a number of studies have illustrated that persons have difficulty processing quantitative health-related information, though the reasons for this remain unexplained. While research on decision making in these situations has been conducted, I posit that effective decision making cannot occur without comprehension. Therefore, the goal of the proposed research is to add empirical data to models of numeracy by exploring how older adults process and comprehend numerical health information.

2009: Wei-Ting Yen


Research Project:

The overall aim of the study is to explore the product interface design characteristics for older people with hand dysfunction.  In addition, the long-term goal is to further propose design assist tools to help product designers make design decisions correctly and productively during design processes when designing ADL relevant products for older people with hand dysfunction.

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Annual Meeting Submission DeadlineFebruary 24, 2020
Annual Meeting Proceedings Papers DueMay 25, 2020
ATG Research Scholarship Submission DueSeptember 1, 2020
Arnold Small Award Submission DueAugust 1, 2020
HFES Annual Meeting BeginsOctober 5, 2020
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