Frontiers in Alzheimer’s and Aging Research Experiences


May 18, 2024
Miami, FL

For a printable Meet & Greet flyer, click here.


June 22, 2024
New Orleans, LA

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For Meet & Greet Registration, click here.

For a list of faculty mentors, click here.

For a list of past projects, click here.


Gerald P Schatten, PhD
Pittsburgh Development Center/University of Pittsburgh

Laura Niedernhofer, MD, PhD
University of Minnesota


National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging
Magee-Womens Research Institute & Foundation

Program Information

Welcome to the Frontiers in Alzheimer’s and Aging Research Experiences (FrA2RE) Program! We look forward to welcoming you to the FrA2RE Program and supporting you on your journey towards a rewarding research opportunity!

This program offers you an invaluable opportunity to engage in hands-on research experiences focused on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) and the mechanisms of aging. Sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), this program aims to empower and advance undergraduate students in their research endeavors while fostering diversity and inclusion in the field.

Program Overview:

FrA2RE is committed to supporting undergraduate students in launching successful careers in biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research. It is an empowering, dynamic, and research-focused training program sponsored by the NIH. By participating in this program, you will gain valuable hands-on experience, mentorship, and support to pursue your research interests. The program aims to enhance the nation’s workforce to meet the biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs in this area of life sciences, with a specific focus on encouraging the professional development of individuals from diverse backgrounds, particularly underrepresented minorities (URMs).

Program Benefits:

  • Opportunity to engage in a meaningful, funded research experience.
  • Pairing with a prominent mentor in the fields of ADRD and aging.
  • Support for travel, accommodations, and laboratory expenses.
  • An extraordinary life opportunity to embark on a path in biomedical, behavioral, and/or clinical research, fostering personal growth and enrichment.

How to Participate:

1. Register: For consideration, you will need to register to the FrA2RE Program.

2. Attend the Meet and Greet: You will be invited to a weekend meet and greet event. This is a rolling event at a location and date to be determined by faculty and student availability. The event will provide you with more information about the program, the chance to meet potential faculty mentors, and opportunities to discuss potential research projects. You will need to register for this event.

The Meet and Greet is not required but strongly encouraged. If you are unable to attend, we will schedule a Zoom meeting to discuss opportunities.

3. Identify Potential Faculty Mentors: Look for research faculty mentors across the country who specialize in Alzheimer’s disease, related dementias, or aging research and whose work aligns with your interests and goals.

4. Contact Faculty Mentors: Reach out to potential mentors via email. Introduce yourself, express your interest in their research, and inquire about the possibility of joining their team as a FrA2RE participant.

5. Complete the Application: Once you have identified a faculty mentor to host your research experience, complete the one-page FrA2RE application form. There is no specific deadline for applications.

For the program application, click here.

Important Notes:

  • There is no specific agenda or timeframe for completing the research experience. The duration of the project will be determined in collaboration with your faculty mentor at a time convenient for both the student and the mentor. Projects can be completed at any time of the year.
  • Attendance to the Meet and Greet is not required if you have a mentor already identified.
  • The program does not offer payment, but participants will gain an invaluable opportunity. Each student will receive up to $5,000 to cover travel, lodging and living expenses, and lab expenses.
  • Projects must be in the fields of aging and Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias.

If you are interested in learning more about this program, please email us at