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Cal-ADAR: Advancing Diversity in Aging Research

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Academic Level:
Undergraduates - Junior
Undergraduates - Senior

Cal-ADAR is a program designed to give underrepresented students a chance to experience research as undergraduates while studying demography of aging, which is officially a STEM subject. The program offers participants a paid summer internship, a mentored research experience, and partial tuition/fees for up to 3 semesters. Trainees also attend a seminar on professionalization skills, and have access to a GSI who provides research support during the semester. Ultimately the goal is to encourage trainees to attend graduate school in a related topic of research and perhaps even become professors themselves.

Unlike many social science programs, Cal-ADAR gives trainees marketable skills that are immediately useful upon graduation, such as data analysis, statistical software, presentation experience, and more. Unlike many other STEM fields, Cal-ADAR offers a set of immediately relevant social problems and issues to study, so students find it personally satisfying. We call it "STEM with a story.“

Cal-ADAR is funded by the National Institutes of Aging and therefore students will focus on aging research. Topics for research are varied.

Cal-ADAR seeks to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in demography (with an emphasis on aging) by providing a robust educational program to qualified students.

Being a Cal-Adar trainee offers many important benefits:

•Financial support (fees and/or stipend)

•One-on-one mentorship throughout the program

•Specialized training for successful careers

•Actual research experiences to be put on a resumé.

•Paid summer research internships or mentored research experiences

Trainees have access to the Director for one-on-one mentoring, and to a GSI who provides research support during the semester. Ultimately the goal is to encourage trainees to attend graduate school in a related topic of research and perhaps even become professors themselves.


Academic: As this is a three-semester program, Cal-ADAR is targeted to juniors, although seniors may apply. While the Cal-ADAR program in its fullest form is designed for those who fit the NIH definition of under-represented as described we will admit others to the program as space and funds allow.

Underrepresented Populations: Demography is officially a STEM field (science, technology, engineering and math) and like many STEM fields, there are many Caucasian and Asian scholars, but few African-Americans and Latinos. Disabled persons are also underrepresented. This is a problem because those voices are not being adequately expressed such that scientific results and policy do not get appropriately framed. NIH is particularly seeking out US citizens who fit the NIH definition of under-represented.
accepts non-us citizensopportunity

Application Deadline: 3/5/2018
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Participating Institution(s):
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University of California, Berkeley (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:

Formal Demography
Population Dynamics
Population Health

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This program is funded by:
National Institute of Health (NIH)

Page last updated 1/28/2018
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