The A. Regula Herzog Young Investigators Fund

The A. Regula Herzog Young Investigators Fund of the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan was established by the students, colleagues and friends of Regula Herzog to honor her as a mentor for young investigators and as a survey researcher of older populations.


The goals of the Fund are to support the research and training activities of junior researchers at the Survey Research Center, with a special preference given to women and to those who are engaged in research on older populations.


Junior researchers, including Research Assistant Scientists, Research Investigators, Research Assistant Professors, Postdoctoral Fellows and Predoctoral Students are eligible. Applicants must be affiliated with the Survey Research Center or one of its projects.

Applicants with a commitment of $4,000 in matching funds from an SRC research program will be given priority. However, matching funds are not required in order to apply.

Form and Scope of Awards

The Herzog Fund will make one or more awards of up to $4,000.

Allowable expenses may include research supplies and services, conference expenses, training opportunities, travel (related to conferences, workshops and training or to support research collaborations across institutions), and memberships in professional organizations. Predoctoral Students and Postdoctoral Fellows may include participation in summer courses offered by SRC and ICPSR.

Awards are intended for use within one year, but may be extended upon request for six more months.

Application Procedure and Deadlines

Applications must include:

  • The title for the project
  • A brief (3-page) description of the proposed activities and their intellectual relationship to a Survey Research Center project
  • A description of the proposed uses for the money and how these uses will assist in meeting the goals outlined in the above
  • An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of support from the project’s Principal Investigator stating how this work relates to the project and, if relevant, committing a $4,000 match if the proposal is funded.

Applications are accepted in electronic format. Please submit your application in as few files as possible in Portable Document Format (pdf), and named with the applicant’s last name (e.g., Smith-Herzog App.pdf). Applications and questions about the award should be sent to Jennifer Puckett ( Note, letters of support may be sent directly by the writer in either electronic or hard copy format.

Applications will be due on the last Friday in February by 4:00 p.m. Final decisions will be made by March 31st. Funds will be available as early May 1st.

A. Regula Herzog Young Investigators Recipients

Allison Brenner, 2017 – Environmental Barriers and Facilitators of Access to Healthcare for Elderly Stroke Survivors
Kate Duchowny, 2017 – Muscle Weakness and Physical Disability in Older Americans
Lauren Schmitz, 2017 – Life Course Determinants of Epigenetic Age Acceleration in the Health and Retirement Study
Erin Ware, 2016 – The Effects of Measurement Choices on Phenotype and Genotype on Estimated Genetic Contribution of Depressive Symptoms in the Health and Retirement Study
Heidi Guyer, 2015 – Sleep and Diet Patterns of Women Aged 50 to 75 with Type II Diabetes
Apoorva Jadhav, 2015 – The Health and Economic Well-Being of Widows in a Global Context
Tara Queen, 2012 – The Influence of Health on Global and Experienced Well-Being
Jessica Broome, 2011 – How Interviewers’ Vocal and Verbal Attributes Affect Differential Success in Recruiting Respondents
Sunghee Lee, 2011 – Cross-Cultural Measurement Properties of the Self-Reported Health Scale
Joanne Hsu, 2010 – The Effects of a Member’s Cognitive Decline on the Household Management of Finances
Jennifer Ailshire, 2009 – Associations between Neighborhood Social Context and Levels of Social Engagement among Residents
Brooke Helppie, 2009 – The Interactions between the Personal and Professional Lives of Early-Career PhD Economists
Lauren Hersch Nicholas, 2009 – The Role of Public Policy in Improving Health Care Quality, Health and Retirement Outcomes for the Elderly Population
Lindsay Ryan, 2009 – Interindividual Differences and Change in Cognition and Well-Being across Adulthood
Ishtar Govia, 2008 – Longitudinal Associations between Women’s Relationships and their Health
Jessica Faul, 2007 – The Influence of Life Course Socioeconomic Position on Cognitive Function and Change in Older Age
Elena Gouskova, 2006 – The Relationship Between Commuting Time on Health using the Panel Study of Income Dynamics
Sonja Ziniel, 2006 – Influence of Cognitive Aging on Response Strategies with Specific Attention to Behavioral Frequency Measures
Leticia Marteleto, 2005 – Divorce and Intergenerational Transfers in the Health and Retirement Study
Ayse Uskul, 2005 – Systematic Differences in How Questions Influence Responses in Different Cultures
Gwenith Fisher, 2003 – The Complex Interrelationships Between Work, Health, and Retirement Choices