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The Appalachian Gerontology Experiences - Advancing Diversity in Aging Research (AGE-ADAR) Scholars Program is a program funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) under the National Institutes of Health (NIH). WVU has been awarded the R25 training program to prepare underrepresented students from MSTEM fields for a future career in health disparities and aging research.

Led by Dr. Julie Hicks Patrick, the Principal Investigator and Professor of Psychology, and her team, selected sophomores and juniors (AGE-ADAR Scholars) in good academic standings will take courses on aging and health disparities in Appalachia, as well as participate in intensive hands-on research through a two-year paid program. Additionally, students will take part in courses and workshops focusing on written and oral communication skills and professional development. The AGE-ADAR Scholars will also have opportunities to work with a group of scholars (Year 1) and one-on-one with faculty mentors in their disciplines (Year 2) during their participation in the program.


  • Stipend
  • Work with a Group of Scholars (Year 1)
  • Work One-on-one with Faculty Mentor in Student’s Discipline (Year 2)
  • Professional Development
  • Research Experience
  • Develop Analytical Skills
  • Present at Regional Conferences & more!


  • Rising WVU Undergraduate Sophomore or Junior 
  • Declared MSTEM Major
  • Must Identify within an Under-represented Group (ie. Race, Ethnicity, First-generation Student, Low-income, etc.)
  • Enrolled as a Full-time Student with a GPA of 2.0 or Higher 
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or a Permanent Resident

Administrative Team

The AGE-ADAR Program is led by a team of scholars who are committed to increasing diversity of researchers in the field of aging and in Appalachia. The team includes:

Instructional Team