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Advancing Diversity in Aging Research through Undergraduate Education (ADAR)

NIA encourages college students to pursue biomedical research careers through its Advancing Diversity in Aging Research (ADAR) Through Undergraduate Education programs. Students are eligible to apply for NIA ADAR-funded programs if they are from economically, socially, culturally, or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. Applicants include students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups and those who have vision, hearing, or other disabilities.

NIA ADAR-supported institutions are located across the country, and each one offers a uniquely designed program. Read about the experiences of four undergraduates who said the program inspired them to consider careers in aging-related research.

ADAR is just one example of NIA’s investments in diversifying the aging research work force and encouraging research aimed at reducing health disparities.

NIA-supported Advancing Diversity in Aging Research (ADAR) Programs


Program Emphasis

University of California, Berkeley
Cal-ADAR: Advancing Diversity in Aging Research at UC Berkeley

Demography of aging

Columbia University
New York, NY
Summer of Translational Aging Research for Undergraduates (STAR U)

Neuroscience of aging

Magee-Womens Research Institute & Foundation
Frontiers in Alzheimer’s and Aging Research

Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and the mechanisms of aging

San Diego State University
The SDSU ADAR Program

Longitudinal study with the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center

St. Catherine University
Katies for Aging Research and Equity (KARE) at St. Catherine University

Longevity and aging

Wake Forest University Health Sciences
Enhancing Undergraduate Education and Research in Aging to Eliminate Health Disparities (ENGAGED)

Mechanisms underlying the most common geriatric syndromes and diseases

University of Chicago
Cultivating Health & Aging Researchers by Integrating Science, Medicine, & Aging (CHARISMA)

Aging-related clinical research

University of Maryland, College Park
Aging, Diversity, And Professional Training (ADAPT) program

Cardiovascular disease and aging health

West Virginia University
AGE-ADAR Scholars Program

Aging and health disparities in Appalachia
University of the District of Columbia Aging-related research tied to balance and falls, imaging, and analytics

University of California, Davis
The Advancing Diversity in Aging Research (ADAR) Program

Aging-related research

New York University
Pipelines in Quantitative Aging Research Summer Program

Applying quantitative methods in aging research

University of California, San Diego
Mentorship for Advancing Diversity in Undergraduate Research on Aging (MADURA)

Aging and Alzheimer’s

University of South Carolina at Columbia
South Carolina Advancing Diversity in Aging Research undergraduate program

Health and aging and on health disparities in minorities
University of South Carolina at Columbia Aging-related research experiences

Howard University
Advancing Diversity in Aging Research at Howard University


University of Alabama at Birmingham
UAB Research in Aging through Mentorship and Practice - Undergraduate Program (UAB RAMP-UP)

MSTEM areas related to aging

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