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2024 AGE-ADAR Scholars announced

AGE-ADAR Scholars 2024

The Appalachian Gerontology Experiences: Advancing Diversity in Aging Research Scholars Program recently selected seven rising sophomores and juniors in its fourth cohort of research interns to participate in the 2024 AGE-ADAR Summer Research Internship.

From May 15 to June 21, the six-week program offers professional development workshops and lectures on aging research and issues related to health disparities in West Virginia.

A team of WVU instructors including Julie Patrick, principal investigator, and co-investigators Amy Fiske, Kristina Hash, Betty Mei, program director, and Bernard Schreurs will train underrepresented students from MSTEM disciplines for a career in health care or aging research. 

Since 2020, the program has successfully trained 46 undergraduate scholars who have delivered more than 100 presentations at various national, regional and local research conferences and symposia and co-authored nine publications. 

The cohort will present their research to the public at the WVU AGE-ADAR Summer Research Symposium on June 21. 

The 2024 AGE-ADAR Scholars include:

• Eliana Bender, biology,

• Eleanor Capuder, neuroscience,

• Hannah Gowarty, nursing,

• Ana Jimenez-Tadlock, psychology,

• Lindsey Lancaster, biology,

• Mikeah-Anthony Smith, biology,

• Lingjian Zheng, biology.

The AGE-ADAR Scholars program is funded by the National Institute on Aging.

For questions, contact Mei, at