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Research Opportunities

Medical students can participate in aging research through Boston University and also through federally and privately funded research training programs.

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The American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) has announced that in conjunction with the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and several private foundations it will provide short-term research training for medical students. The Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) program provides medical students, early in their training, with an enriching experience in aging-related research and geriatrics, under the mentorship of top experts in the field. This program introduces students to research and academic experiences that they might not otherwise have during medical school.

Applications and detailed information are available on the AFAR website (http://www.afar.org/medstu.html)

The stipend level is $1,731 per month. The stipend for an eight-week period is $3,462, and for a twelve-week period is $5,193. The total stipend level will be prorated based on the duration of each individual scholarship. The length of research time is determined by the student in consultation with the research mentor. Students who elect to participate in the scholarship program at a National Training Center must cover their own travel and living expenses. In some cases, National Training Centers may have funds to assist students with these costs.

Information about projects that students have completed can be found in the newsletter archive:  (http://www.afar.org/MedNews.html)

Interested students should review the information available on the AFAR website and contact Dr. Rebecca Silliman, rsillima@bu.edu, Director of Research, if interested in applying.


The Summer Training on Aging Research Topics - Mental Health (START-MH) Program, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and administered by the University of California, San Diego, is a unique national program that offers competitive scholarships to undergraduate, graduate and medical students who may be interested in aging and mental health research. Undergraduate students will be awarded a stipend of $5,000 and graduate and medical students receive $6,250 stipend. The program gives selected students an opportunity to gain research experience and work closely with established mentors/investigators in the field of aging and mental health research. During the 10-week summer experience, students will work on specific projects developed by, or in conjunction with a mentor. The training is designed for students at all research levels. Training may occur in a variety of institutions all across the country.

Please visit the UCSD website at: (http://geropsych.ucsd.edu/startmh.html) for program details and application forms. For more information, contact Geraldine Trinidad: gtrinidad@ucsd.edu, 858.642.3966.


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