ENGAGED takes advantage of the strengths in training and research on aging-related topics and gerontology at WFSM, WFU and WSSU. ENGAGED faculty have vast academic and professional experiences for diversity-focused research and training and expertise that spans basic, clinical, population and translational research. Of note, ~40% of training faculty are under-represented minorities.
A network of Research and Career Mentors will provide formal and informal resources and counseling on career paths in aging-related biomedical research, particularly those leading to a PhD or other advanced degree. In addition to research skills development, faculty use Individualized Development Plans tailored to each trainee to provide guidance towards the development of presentation skills (oral, poster), scientific writing, GRE preparation, and assistance with graduate school applications (personal statements, interviewing).
Academic year and summer research internships will involve students in cutting-edge research under the direction of a diverse group of Research Mentors with expertise in behavior and social factors, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes/obesity, diet and exercise, kidney function/disease, neuroscience, and physical function, offering trainees a wide variety of research opportunities in the field of aging.