The Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging at the Institute for Public Health annually offers an eight-week summer research program with opportunities for undergraduate students to develop experience in research and the field of aging.

Program Overview

This full-time, immersive summer research experience is available annually for up to 10 undergraduate students who are interested in exploring opportunities in three neurological conditions and diseases that often interplay with the aging process: stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and dementia. Participants work in research labs and centers focused on these issues.

Accepted Students

  • Gain exposure to top investigators and diverse research topics
  • Accepted students are matched with a faculty mentor and will spend eight weeks (up to 32 hours) as part of their mentor’s research team. Students also participate in weekly workshops.
  • Participate in all daytime activities in this program, 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday
  • Receive an orientation that covers both the health-related issues and an introduction to research approaches to ensure that all students have a useful level of background knowledge to supplement their research placement experience
  • Have opportunities to build a social network with student peers, faculty, and staff
  • Receive a $3,200 stipend and a Metrolink transit pass (for non-WashU students)

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). 

  • Applicants must have completed at least two semesters of undergraduate work by the start of the program.
  • This program is open to students who are working on an undergraduate degree at the time of our summer program. Graduate, professional, or medical students are not eligible.
  • Students attending universities and colleges in the St. Louis Metropolitan Region receive priority. Students from other institutions are also eligible during the open application period.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • This includes students who identify as Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, American Indian, Alaska Native, Hawaiian Native, first-generation college, women, military veterans, living with a disability, and/or have experienced substantial economic obstacles.
  • Previous research experience is not required. We seek students who are interested in exploring opportunities in research and aging fields.

Past Summer Research Programs

2020 Virtual Summer Research Program Summary
2020 Aging and Neurological Diseases Cohort
2020 Summer Program Blogs
2019 Aging and Neurological Disease Program Summary
2019 Aging and Neurological Disease Student Cohort
2019 Aging and Neurological Disease Mentors