Female student examining object on table

Advancing Diversity in Aging Research

The Advancing Diversity in Aging Research (ADAR) program aims to increase the diversity of undergraduate students that pursue advanced degrees and research careers in aging-related areas.

Eligibility for the ADAR program is restricted to BUSP students, who apply to the ADAR program in winter quarter of their freshman year. Participation in ADAR starts the summer after freshmen year and extends through spring of sophomore year, in conjunction with BUSP.

In addition to participating in the BUSP sophomore curriculum, ADAR students attend special aging-related research seminars, and engage in paid internships in an aging-related research lab.

ADAR and ADAR-Honors are funded by the National Institute on Aging.


ADAR Provides:
  • summer stipend of $3,840 to support activities the summer after the freshman year
  • funds (up to $1,200 per quarter) for sophomores to participate in aging research
  • academic and advising support
ADAR Scholar Obligations:
  • commit 12 months to the program
  • engage in research at least 10 hours per week during the academic year
  • attend all regularly scheduled meetings, program workshops and functions
  • fully participate in the ADAR/BUSP curriculum
  • meet regularly with the ADAR adviser
  • maintain competitive GPA
  • actively engage in their research lab, attend lab meetings etc.


To be eligible for ADAR, a student must meet the following requirements:


The application for ADAR, ADNR, and the BUSP Research Component is due March 29 at 11:59pm. If you are a BUSP student who would like to apply for one or all these programs, please check the BIS 11 Canvas site for the link.