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The Advancing Diversity in Aging Research (ADAR) through Undergraduate Education

Program was funded in 2013 by the National Institute of Aging (NIA). It is designed to recruit

disadvantaged and underrepresented SDSU students who are interested in the field of aging

and prepare them for entry into a PhD program.



To be eligible to apply you must:

  1.       Be enrolled full-time at SDSU with 3 years left at SDSU before graduating.

  2.       Be an undergraduate student who comes from an underrepresented group;                                                                                                                                                            i.e., racial and/or ethnic minority, disabled, or disadvantaged.

  3.       Have a 3.0 grade point average or higher.

  4.       Be interested in obtaining a Ph.D. with an emphasis on conducting aging related research.

  5.       Be a citizen or non-citizen national of the United States.  


The benefits of this program may include:

1.         Working with outstanding researchers, either at SDSU or UCSD.  These researchers and their students will help you to learn about                                                                   research. You would work in a lab environment where you will receive one-on-one mentoring that will foster your development                                                                       into a successful researcher and become a very competitive applicant for graduate school. 

2.         Financial assistance for your research development.  Undergraduates are paid 15 hours/wk during the academic semesters &                                                                          30-40 hours/wk over summer.

3.         Travel funds to attend professional conferences.

4.         Laboratory training supplies.

5.         Going to another university for a summer to do research in another lab.

6.         Meeting with visiting scientists to learn about their research, how they got started and                                                                                                                                                what helped them along the way.

7.         Graduate program application development and personal statement workshops.

8.         Meeting other students who share your goals.


Applications will be accepted until

all positions are filled. 

Please let us know if you're interested in applying.


To access the application, click the online application button to the right 

If you have any questions, please email Nancy Cronan, ADAR Program Coordinator,


Advancing Diversity in Aging Research

ADAR Scholars with Dr. Philip Zimbardo at the Western Psychological Association Conference 

ADAR Summit Group 1.jpg

ADAR Scholars and Dr. Cronan at the

ADAR Summit in Austin, TX

Terry Cronan, Ph.D.  


Co-PI & Program Director

Dr. Cronan received her PhD from Michigan State University.  She became a full professor at SDSU in 1985. Dr. Cronan has been involved in programs for underrepresented and disadvantaged students for more than 20 years; she developed and implemented, and directed the Faculty/Student Mentoring Program, and developed and directed the Career Opportunities in Research (COR) Program at SDSU.  Both programs were very successful with all COR scholars going into graduate programs.  Dr. Cronan's research lab focuses on community-based intervention programs designed to increase the health and psychological effects of self-management for people with chronic diseases, specifically older adults.

ADAR Scholars at lunch with visiting scientist/speaker,

Dr. Saul Villeda from UCSF

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