Aging & Neurological Diseases Track

Summer Research Programs students visit The Federal Reserve in St. Louis

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


Program Overview

The eight-week full-time immersive summer research experience is available for up to 10 undergraduate students who are interested in exploring opportunities in research on aging. Through this program, students learn about three neurological conditions and diseases that often interplay with the aging process: stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and dementia and gain experience working 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, beginning June 1, up to 32 hours as part of their mentor’s research team. Students will also participate in weekly workshops taught by faculty and instructors affiliated with Washington University.
    • Participants are expected to participate in all daytime activities in this program, 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday.
  • Receive an orientation that covers both aging and health-related issues and an introduction to research approaches to ensure 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)

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, circumstances and the overall formatting of the program may change, including switching to an all virtual or hybrid program. Additional details will be updated on this webpage as they become available.


  • Program will run from June 1 – July 31, 2021.
    • Students are expected to participate in the program full-time, Monday through Friday.

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
2018 Aging and Neurological Disease Track Program Summary