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2023 AGE-ADAR Scholars announced

The third cohort of WVU AGE-ADAR Scholars, consisting of 10 rising sophomores and juniors, began the Appalachian Gerontology Experiences: Advancing Diversity in Aging Research Summer Research Internship earlier this month. 

Funded by the National Institute on Aging, the program prepares 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 research experience related to aging and health disparities in Appalachia, led by Julie Hicks Patrick and the instructional team which includes Amy Fiske, Kristina Hash and Bernard Schreurs

The scholars will present the findings of their research at the 2023 AGE-ADAR Summer Research Symposium June 23. 

The 2023 AGE-ADAR Scholars are:

  • Jennifer Cooper, psychology

  • Zoe Fagan, neuroscience

  • Zohra Feliachi, exercise physiology

  • Jacob Frazee, psychology

  • Andrew Gautier, computer science

  • Chyanne Reid, biochemistry

  • Elvi Vass, psychology

  • Eden Williams, biology

  • Sydney Williams, exercise physiology

  • Paige Yamamoto, 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