Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Rebecca Utz, 2016 Cottrell Distinguished Alumni Award Winner

Rebecca UtzMiami University Master of Gerontological Studies (MGS), '99

Dr. Rebecca Utz, associate professor of Sociology at the University of Utah, received the W. Fred Cottrell Distinguished Alumni Award for Outstanding Leadership in the Field of Aging in April 2016. Rebecca shared with us how her Master's studies at Miami University helped her prepare for a career as in higher education. 

What sets the MGS program apart?

The hands-on skills learned from involvement in faculty-directed research, an internship at AARP, and faculty mentorship provided an invaluable foundation for Rebecca’s career. (1:02 min)

MGS thesis becomes an Ohio Long-term Care Policy Report.

With the help of mentors and faculty advisors, Rebecca’s master’s thesis was developed into an applied policy report titled “The Ohio Assisted Living Industry”,  as part of the Ohio Long-Term Care Research Project at Scripps Gerontology Center. (0:49 min)

MGS practicum experience helps students refine career goals.

Rebecca completed the MGS practicum at the American Association of Retired Persons in Washington, DC doing policy research. She was encouraged by her supervisor to pursue a PhD to further her career.

Immediately after earning her MGS degree, Rebecca chose to pursue a PhD in Sociology to continue her research training and explore her interests in applied policy-oriented health and aging. (1:14 min)