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February 19, 2013



AGHE Introduces Students in Aging to a World of Opportunities . . .

As a student interested in gerontology or geriatrics, did you know…
  • AGHE is a unique network of over 300 institutions of higher education and organizations dedicated to advancing gerontology as a field of study.
  • If the school you attend is a member of AGHE , you are eligible for member benefits.
  • Over 3,000 faculty, administrators, researchers, and students receive AGHE’s mailings and are involved in AGHE activities.
  • AGHE offers special opportunities and resources designed especially for students.
AGHE Offers Students...
  • Information about the field of aging.
  • Careers in aging information.
  • Scholarship and fellowship sources.
  • Academic resources and publications.
  • Free Annual Meeting registration for student volunteers
  • Professional development through student paper presentations, committee membership, and representation on the AGHE Executive Committee.
  • Discounted access to a database of over 750 gerontology programs.
AGHE’s Resources and Publications
Publications are available for:
  • Teaching aging content (e.g. course syllabi)
  • Listing resources for classroom projects, theses, and dissertations.
  • Identifying existing programs in gerontology.
  • Providing information about careers in aging and educational paths.
  • Developing a gerontology program.
  • Locating scholarship and fellowship information in aging.
AGHE’s Publications include:

Brief Bibliography Series This series represents the best quality education and training materials in over 30 subject areas in aging. ($6 each for persons at member schools; $10 each non-members).

Directory of Educational Programs in Gerontology and Geriatrics 8th Edition, 2009. Descriptions of over 750 formal gerontology programs (credit and post-doctoral) institutions of higher education. Over 30 disciplines and fields of study are included.

AGHExchange newsletter The newsletter is published four times during the academic year. Current topics of interest include: new program resources, public policy developments, AGHE activities, and news from AGHE member schools. Subscribers also receive Annual Meeting information and announcements of AGHE publications and activities. Ask your professors for a copy of the AGHExchange! A special $12 student subscription rate is available.

Careers in Aging Two booklets answer questions for students about working in the field of aging. A 16-page booklet has general introductory information, and a 32-page booklet contains more detailed perspectives on opportunities in the field. Single copies are free. Contents of the 16-page booklet will also be found on the AGHE's Careers in Aging web site (launched August 2001) Refer to it for information on scholarship and fellowship opportunities, determining if the field of aging is a possible career choice for you, and other related information.

Please visit This GSA web site provides funding opportunities and job listings for researchers interested in aging. Agework also provides links to volunteer opportunities, federal jobs, U.S. government reports and other government web sites.

 Are you looking for...

 ...a program in aging?

In addition to locating programs through the Directory, you can have an individualized search done of all formal programs listed in AGHE's Database on Gerontology in Higher Education . Search forms should be requested from the AGHE office or downloaded from the AGHE web site. You can specify educational level, geographic area, and area of focus within aging. Special student rates available $10. honor society in gerontology?

Sigma Phi Omega is the National Honor Society formed in 1980 to recognize the excellence of those who study gerontology/aging as well as of the professional aging service personnel. SPO seeks to promote scholarship, professionalism, friendship, and services to older persons, and to recognize exemplary attainment in gerontology/aging studies and related fields.

AGHE Student Representative 
Being the Student Representative to the AGHE Executive Committee is a great opportunity for you to assume a leadership role in the gerontology community.

Student Committee 
The Student Committee is open to all gerontology and geriatrics students and works to promote professional opportunities for students and to foster student involvement in the Association.

Professional Meetings
Thinking about a going to a conference?  Not sure what to expect, or which conference might be right for you?  Attending your first major conference, or even your second, third, or fourth conference can be a daunting experience.  Here is some information about the types of sessions, a list of major gerontological conferences, and what to expect at each. 

Student Committee Handbook 


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