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Public invited to attend 2022 AGE-ADAR Summer Research Poster Symposium

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Ten WVU rising sophomores and juniors who began their six-week research training in the Appalachian Gerontology Experiences: Advancing Diversity in Aging Research Scholars Summer Research Internship on May 16 will proudly showcase their hard work at the second annual AGE-ADAR Virtual Summer Research Poster Symposium Friday (June 24) from 10-11 a.m.

The ten 2022 AGE-ADAR Scholars are: 

  • Ayah Aldebyan, rising junior, Psychology

  • Aimee Ballard, rising junior, Biology

  • Ethan Boddy, rising junior, Computer Science

  • Janella Camp, rising junior, Biology

  • Laura Morgan Cole, rising sophomore, Psychology

  • Abigail Ebert, rising sophomore, Psychology, Women and Gender Studies

  • Nathaniel Palmer, rising junior, Nursing

  • Michaela Tapia, rising sophomore, Forensic Chemistry

  • Grace Udah, rising junior, Public Health

  • Maya Wetherbee, rising sophomore, Biology

During the six-week summer internship, the scholars learned about research related to aging and health disparities in Appalachia and factors impacting aging in the region through lectures presented by a team of professors led by Julie Hicks Patrick, principal investigator of the AGE-ADAR grant. Professors include Amy Fiske, Kristina Hash and Bernard Schreurs.

Preview the posters from 9-10 a.m. and attend the 10-11 a.m. poster symposium. 

Research abstracts are now available.

The AGE-ADAR Scholars Program is a two-year research program funded by the National Institute on Aging that trains MSTEM students on aging and health disparities in Appalachia preparing them for future research and health careers. 

For more information about the AGE-ADAR Scholars Program, visit our website or contact Betty Mei, program director, at or Selena Engebretson, program manager, at