History of START

In 2018, START was provided seed funding by the Office of Undergraduate Research to develop and test the concept. The proposal was supported by the AHS Departments of Kinesiology and Community Health, Speech and Hearing Science, Recreation, Sport, and Tourism, and the Center on Health, Aging, and Disability (CHAD), and by AHS faculty members with labs researching aging issues and questions.

Over the course of the past three academic years START has trained 33 AHS undergraduate students, 10 in 2018-2019, 11 in 2019-2020, and 12 in 2020-2021. The majority of fellows were female (30) from Community Health (8), followed by I-Health (10), Speech and Hearing Science (8), Kinesiology (7), with no students from Recreation Sports and Tourism. The program welcomed 6 fellows from African American backgrounds, 11 Asians, 8 Hispanics, and 8 Whites. In addition, START has collaborated directly with 15 AHS faculty members and their labs. Community Health was represented by 5 faculty members, Kinesiology with 5, Recreation Sports and Tourism likewise, with 3; and Speech and Hearing Science with 2.