Program Overview

Program Goal

The South Carolina-Advancing Diversity in Aging Research (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

SC-ADAR program features and expectations include:

  • Participation in a summer research lab for the duration of the program (10 weeks)
  • Academic advising (junior year)
  • Career/professional advising (senior year)
  • Evaluation of SC-ADAR 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



All students interested in becoming an SC-ADAR fellow must:

  • Be a member of an underrepresented minority group
  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate sophomore at one of the 5 collaborating HBCUs
  • Have a major in an MSTEM field (pre-professional, science, technology, engineering, or math)
  • Have an interest in science and aging research
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale (or 4.0 or above on a 5 point scale)
  • Be a citizen, non-citizen national, or permanent resident of the United States 


All SC-ADAR Fellows will receive financial support from the program.


Program Support


  • Stipend
  • Housing on USC Campus
  • Travel Reimbursement


Research Areas


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


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Early Decision:

Application Due Date: December 3, 2021

Final Application Date:

 January 15, 2022