In this track offered by the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging, students learn about three neurological conditions and diseases that often interplay with the aging process — stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and dementia.

Program period: June & July, 2024

Learn from top investigators

Attend workshops and lectures with experts in the field

Build a network

Build a social network with student peers, faculty and staff

Gain real-world experience

Work with a faculty mentor as part of their research team

What to expect

  • Students are matched with a faculty mentor and will spend eight weeks as part of their lab or center
  • Participate in daytime activities, including seminars and research work, in this program (35 hours per week) Monday through Friday
  • A comprehensive orientation covering health and aging-related issues and an introduction to research approaches
  • Students will create and present a poster for the end-of-program poster session

Program benefits

  • Participants receive a stipend
  • WashU on-campus housing included if needed
  • Non-WashU students receive a free Metrolink transit pass


  • This program is open to students who are working on an undergraduate degree at the time of our summer program (must have completed at least two semesters by the start of the program). Graduate, professional, or medical students are not eligible.
  • Priority is given to students attending universities and colleges in the St. Louis Metropolitan Region*. Students from other institutions are also eligible.
  • During the open application period, U.S. citizens and permanent residents only are eligible to apply. Due to grant restrictions, we are unable to fund students who are not citizens or permanent residents.
  • Students with backgrounds and experiences traditionally underrepresented among researchers are strongly encouraged to apply during the open application period.
  • Previous research experience is not required. We seek students who are interested in exploring opportunities in research and aging fields.

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*The St. Louis Metro Region is made up of counties in Missouri (Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, St. Charles, St. Louis, City of St. Louis, Warren, and Washington) and Illinois (Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe, and St. Clair).

Past Summer Research Programs

2023 Cohort | Summary
2020 Cohort | Summary
2019 Cohort | Summary

This program is supported by a grant from the National Institute on Neurological Disorders and Stroke via the NIH Summer Research Education Experience Programs funding opportunity (PI: Carpenter, 1R25NS100133-01A1).