Providing high quality training opportunities for WSU students is an important goal of the Regional Institute on Aging.  


Partnership with the University of Kansas Alzheimer's Disease Center

Providing high quality training opportunities for WSU students is an important goal of the RIA.  This year the RIA partnered with Eric Vidoni PhD from the University of Kansas Alzheimer’s Disease Center to place two students from WSU in their Kansas Dementia & Aging Research Training (KDART) program. The program provides undergraduate students research training in brain aging and dementia through structured projects. Projects emphasize the development of good research practice skills. Interns participate in a 12 week project assisting with research being conducted by their internationally recognized faculty mentors.

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Summer Research Institute

The RIA aims to help educate and diversify the next generation of scientists who will advance our understanding of aging and develop new ways of ameliorating age-related changes. In support of this aim the RIA worked with Dr. Kimberly Engber, the dean of the Honors College, to establish a Summer Research Institute (SRI) that provides high school students the opportunity to spend a week working on research related to aging at WSU. This is the first step in our goal of establishing an in-depth summer research experience for promising high school students. The first SRI was held June 12-17, 2016 and enrolled seven students who worked with research faculty from the departments of Exercise Science (Drs. Jeremy Patterson and Heidi Bell) and Psychology (Drs. Barbara Chaparro and graduate student Colton Turner). Students organized into two research teams to design and execute their own experiments, collect and analyze their data, and present their results. The program was a success, with students asking to participate in the program next year and requesting that it be longer.

We plan on hosting the Summer Research Institute each Summer, details will be posted on this page.

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