Student Opportunities

Gerontology students are eligible for scholarships, service awards, internships, and research opportunities.

BYU Gerontology is now on Facebook!

Follow us on Facebook for event information and Student Club updates.

Minor Requirements

BYU offers a Minor in Gerontology to supplement students' training in their major field.

Conference

The 28th Annual Gerontology Conference at BYU was held March 14th and 15th. This year’s keynote speaker was Steven Greenberg, MD, PhD, Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. Visit the Conference page for more information.

Senior Games

Gerontology and other health students travel to St. George, Utah to provide health screenings for the participants of the Huntsman World Senior Games.

Research Grants

Funding from the BYU Gerontology program is available for BYU faculty who are conducting research related to the physical, psychological, or social aspects of aging in the later years. Josue Gonzalez and Allen Weinert are students doing Alzheimer’s disease research in Scott Weber’s lab.

News


Marital Benefits of Daily Individual and Conjoint Exercise Among Older Couples

Jeremy Yorgason, Lee Johnson, Melanie Hill, and Bailey Selland have found that couples who exercise together experience even more benefits than if they only exercise separately.

A Smarter Life Alert

BYU student Katie Strobel, an entrepreneurship senior from Idaho Falls, Idaho, teamed up with BYU engineering students through the Crocker Fellows program to create a smartwatch application for elderly adults. “We call ourselves the smart Life Alert.” 

Running helps the brain counteract negative effect of stress, study finds

Exercise protects vital memory and learning functions, according to BYU Gerontology Faculty Affiliate Jeff Edwards.

 

Identification of mutations that prevent the development of Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers examine elderly people with a high risk for Alzheimer’s disease who remain cognitively healthy. They find that rare variants in the RAB10 gene may provide protection from the disease.

Events


Stroke and Dementia

Dr. Steven Greenberg, from Massachusetts General Hospital, talks about stroke and dementia on BYU's radio show "Top of Mind" with Julie Rose. Click  here to listen to the interview.

Blue Zones and Longevity with Ivo Pirisi

BYU's Department of Psychology, Gerontology Program, and Neuroscience Center hosted Ivo Pirisi, PhD, from Italy on Thursday, November 16th. Dr. Pirisi is an expert on Blue Zones and Longevity.