Mentoring Students in Aging Research

Dr. Daniel Durkin
Dr. Daniel W. Durkin

Emerge Faculty Fellow: Dr. Daniel W. Durkin

This activity utilizes a mentoring model to work with students to develop a research project for presentation at the Southeastern Student Mentoring Conference in Gerontology and Geriatrics. The conference is an annual event that takes place in late March or early April. The conference lists the following mission on its website:

The Southeastern Student Mentoring Conference in Gerontology and Geriatrics seeks to provide students with practical scholarly experiences associated with academic and applied gerontology. The conference was conceived as a vehicle for students to gain experience presenting their research and to network with key professionals in aging. The conference promotes student professional development, acknowledges important student work in the fields of gerontology and geriatrics, and supports faculty/student mentoring.

In collaboration with a mentor, students create a poster presentation and an oral presentation on a research project or agency experience. The conference provides the opportunity for students to get experience in both styles of presentation in a friendly and encouraging environment. The conference is particularly well-suited to students presenting for the first time.

The explicit goal of the activity is to develop a research project using secondary data and present it at a research conference. An implicit goal of this activity is to identify students who are interested in research and encourage them to develop research and presentation skills that will benefit them in future endeavors, particularly graduate school.

High Impact Practices (HIPs) Utilized

  • Faculty/Student Research

For more information, please contact Dr. Daniel W. Durkin at or (850) 474-2930.

Project Presentation