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2022 AGE-ADAR Scholars announced


Ten rising sophomores and juniors have been selected to become the second cohort of WVU AGE-ADAR Scholars and will begin the Appalachian Gerontology Experiences: Advancing Diversity in Aging Research Summer Research Internship on May 16. 

The AGE-ADAR Scholars Program is funded by the National Institute on Aging to prepare underrepresented students from MSTEM disciplines for a career in aging research or the health field.

During the six-week summer internship, the scholars will receive hands-on training on aging research and research related to health disparities in Appalachia from Julie Hicks Patrick, principal investigator of the R25 grant, and her instructional team: Amy Fiske, Kristina Hash and Bernard Schreurs. 

The scholars will present findings of their research at the 2022 AGE-ADAR Summer Research Symposium to be held on June 24. 

The 2022 AGE-ADAR Scholars are:

  • Ayah Aldebyan, Psychology

  • Aimee Ballard, Biology

  • Ethan Boddy, Computer Engineering

  • Janella Camp, Biology

  • Morgan Cole, Psychology

  • Abigail Ebert, Psychology and Women & Gender Studies

  • Nathaniel Palmer, Nursing

  • Michaela Tapia, Forensic Chemistry

  • Grace Udah, Public Health

  • Maya Wetherbee, Biology 

All faculty and students interested in the AGE-ADAR Scholars Program may contact Betty Mei, program director, at, or Selena Engebretson, program manager, at