Program Overview

Program Goal

The SC-ADAR undergraduate research program is designed to improve underrepresented racial and ethnic minority students’ research experience, academic skills, and readiness for career advancement. The program prepares students to pursue graduate studies in science, technology, engineering, and medicine related to aging.

Program Expectations

Two-year participation, including:

  • Two (10 week) summer research education programs
  • Ongoing academic advising (junior year)
  • Career/professional advising (senior year)
  • Full-time, five days/week, 36 hours/week
  • Participation in evaluation of program activities
  • Poster presentation at the USC Summer Research Symposium
  • Maintenance of 3.0 (or 4.0 depending on scale) GPA during each year of program participation
  • Completion of annual academic progress reports for each year of program participation


Program Support 

  • Stipend
  • Housing on USC campus
  • Travel reimbursement


  • Member of an underrepresented minority group
  • Enrolled as an undergraduate (sophomore) at one of the 5 collaborating HBCUs
  • Majoring in an MSTEM field (pre-professional, science, technology, engineering, or math)
  • Interest in science and aging research
  • GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale (or 4.0 or above on a 5 point scale)
  • Citizen, non-citizen national, or permanent resident of the US 



Program Support

  • Stipend
  • Housing on USC Campus
  • Travel Reimbursement

Research Areas

  • Computer Science
  • Health Information Technology
  • Medicine
  • Biology
  • Engineering
  • Public Health
  • Social Sciences

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Final Decision

  • January 15, 2019