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The MADURA Program - Mentorship for Advancing Diversity in Undergraduate Research on Aging is a training opportunity funded by the NIH National Institute on Aging (Steven Edland, PI; 1 R25 AG06650401)

For whom? 

  • UC San Diego Latinx and other underrepresented minority (URM) group undergraduates
  • Students may be at any year level, but must have an interest in some aspect of Aging or Alzheimer’s Disease research or clinical services 
  • Students in Medical, Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (MSTEM) majors are especially encouraged to apply.

Additional Eligibility Requirements


  • 8 hours/week of paid research experiences, with UC San Diego faculty researchers and clinicians focused on Aging and Alzheimer’s disease. Students will be matched with research projects most closely aligned with their interests and academic goals.
  • 2 hours/week of paid, faculty-led Group training and mentorship support, from UC San Diego Professors Becky Marquez (School of Public Health) and Maria Marquine (Department of Psychiatry) (Required for all student participants.) 


  • To support Latinx and URM academic success and degree completion
  • To increase applications for graduate studies in Aging and Alzheimer’s research-related fields
  • To increase participation in Aging and Alzheimer’s-related MSTEM careers


We will resume the application process for eligible students (pending availability of new openings) for Fall 2021 Quarter soon.  Please check the website beginning July 12, 2021, to access the application for this coming Fall.

Students, see this flyer for more information

Faculty, see this flyer for more information

Sample research placements: 

UC San Diego Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) – Exposure to:

  • Genetic Research
  • Longitudinal Cohort Studies
  • Neuropsychology
  • Community Outreach
  • Laboratory Studies

General Campus AD/RD & Aging Research Projects – Projects from Research Disciplines such as:

  • Gerontology
  • Neurosciences
  • Geriatrics
  • Cognitive sciences
  • Psychology
  • Psychiatry
  • Public Health
  • Bioengineering
  • Pharmacy
  • Global Health

and more…

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Please click below to contact our Program Coordinator Sheri Thompson, PhD

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