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Students Targeting Aging Research (STAR)

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The Centre on Aging hosts Students Targeting Aging Research (STAR) meetings for students attending the University of Manitoba.

Since 2013, the Centre on Aging has been hosting the STAR group for students attending the University of Manitoba. The aim of STAR is to provide students, whose interest is in aging related topics, with an opportunity to actively engage and connect with one another, discuss shared interests, network with peers, learn about current issues in gerontology from researchers and practitioners in aging, and stay up-to-date on aging related topics using an interdisciplinary perspective.

Why should I take part?

Gerontology is a diverse and complex field. By 2031, it is projected that the 65 to 74 year olds will account for nearly 11% of Manitoba’s population. And by 2036, the number of Manitobans aged 75 to 84 is projected to near 125,000.

At the University of Manitoba, Centre Research Affiliates represent 11 diverse, interdisciplinary faculties. Aging issues require the collaboration and teamwork of individuals from different backgrounds. Through networking, students can make connections with like minded individuals who share the same interests in aging.

Join us for our next meeting!

STAR meetings are scheduled from September–November and January–March during the academic year.

March 12, 2018
12:30–1:30 pm
409 Tier Building

Dr. Stephanie Chesser and Dr. Anna Chudyk will present Investigating the Margins: Postdoctoral experiences conducting aging research

The decision to embark on a career in aging-related research can be a daunting one! There are many different paths that you can take and challenges that arise. Stephanie and Anna will each provide you with an overview of their unique scholarly paths and lessons that they have learned along the way in the hopes of inspiring you to plan your own. Topics such as the value of an interdisciplinary background, exploring research activities outside your comfort zone, and thinking about aging from a variety of vantage points will be explored. They will leave time at the end for questions and group discussion.

The final meeting of the academic year will take place

March 26, 2018
1:30–2:30 pm
200B Human Ecology Building

Research Affiliate Dr. Jonathan Singer, Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management will be presenting.

Contact information

If you are interested in joining the group contact

Barbara Tallman— (Student lead) OR
Rachel Ines, Communications Coordinator

Get credit for participating and volunteering!

Starting in Fall 2016, University of Manitoba students who participate in STAR meetings and volunteer at the Centre on Aging's Spring Research Symposium may be eligible to receive credit for participation and volunteering.


Students who wish to pursue credit for their participation and volunteering must complete 10 hours of combined attendance of STAR meetings and volunteering (registration desk, session chair, assisting symposium attendees, etc.) at the Spring Research Symposium.

Official recognition will be provided through the University of Manitoba's Co-Curricular Record (CCR). Students need to

  1. Create an account on UMCommunityLINK and log in at least once to activate your account and access your official record.
  2. Search for the Students Targeting Aging Research Group and sign up on the roster.
  3. Once you’ve signed up, we recommend you record your time on the roster to get your hours approved by Centre on Aging staff. Only students with approved hours will be eligible for the CCR.
  4. Complete the online form on UMCommunityLINK to request your official copy of your Co-Curricular Record printed through Student Life.

For more information about the CCR, visit Student Life on the University of Manitoba's Web site.


March 12, 2018
12:30–1:30 pm
409 Tier Building

Join our STAR group and meet like minded peers



UMCommunityLINK (CCR credit for University of Manitoba students)


Student Connection–Connexion Étudiante (SC-CÉ), Canadian Association on Gerontology

Canadian Geriatrics Society Students