Student Opportunities

Student opportunities

Center for Healthy Aging Research

Academic Opportunities

LIFE Scholars Program

The LIFE Scholars Program enables undergraduate students across campus to participate in a scholarly project in the field of aging with CHAR faculty. Undergraduates receive a stipend for the summer program.


Program in Gerontology

The Program on Gerontology at Oregon State University began in 1972 and continues as a comprehensive gerontology program. It is administered through the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences with the participation of several schools, colleges and departments in the university. Additional support has been received from private foundations and donors.

Undergraduate Gerontology Certificate Program

Undergraduates in any major at OSU may earn a Certificate in Gerontology, increasing their employability in the many professional areas related to aging.

Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities

OSURA Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate student. It is awarded yearly, as funds permit, to support deserving scholars with their gerontological studies and career pursuits in gerontology.

OREA Scholarship: The Oregon Retired Educators Association Memorial Fund scholarship has traditionally awarded one of their $1,000 scholarships for graduate students to an OSU student.  

Josephine Zimmerman Gerontology Fellowship: Administered by the College of Health, this scholarship is for graduate students who have U.S. citizenship and are concentrating on gerontology. Preference is given to students with prior work-related experience and evidence of financial need. Visit graduate fellowships for more information.

Professional Development

Healthy Aging Club (HAC)

The purpose of the Healthy Aging Club is to provide members with opportunities for professional development within the interdisciplinary field of gerontology through social activities, networking, community service projects and educational programs. Undergraduate and graduate students from all academic disciplines with an interest in gerontology are invited to join. The HAC develops a meeting schedule at the beginning of each quarter. HAC is associated with the Oregon Gerontological Association, and membership in the student club includes membership in the state organization.

See Healthy Aging Club for more information.

AGHE Careers in Aging

The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education provides excellent information concerning careers in aging.

101 Careers in Gerontology

OSU graduate Joanne Grabinski, MA, published a comprehensive guide to careers in gerontology (