We encourage undergraduates and graduates to get involved in research.  We are looking for highly motivated individuals who are interested in learning more about research in aging.  By working closely with faculty mentors, research assistants often find ways to apply what they have learned in the classroom to “hands on” research projects and interventions.  For undergraduates interested in attending graduate school, this experience allows you to learn whether or not you like research, and is invaluable support for your graduate school application.

Students may receive course credit to conduct research with faculty.  Undergraduates can sign up for research course through the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO).  Students may choose anywhere from 1- 3 semesters doing CURO research with a gerontology faculty (GRNT4960/4970/4980). Graduate students can enroll in GRNT 8000 (Advanced Topics in Gerontological Research). All research course credits are by permission of the instructor, so we encourage you to contact the faculty members directly to discuss your interests.  You can read about the wide variety of exciting research projects conducted by IOG faculty and affiliates on our research page.


There are many opportunities for students to engage outside of the classroom.  Community engagement allows students to apply classroom knowledge to real community issues, and provides a broader perspective. The UGA gerontology club meets regularly to plan a number of fun community events and links student with community volunteer opportunities.  Graduate and undergraduate students from all disciplines are welcome to participate in any of the activities. Explore our student engagement opportunities.