Gerontology - Beyond the Classroom


You may get involved in gerontology beyond the classroom in several ways. The Department of Sociology and Gerontology and the Scripps Gerontology Center co-sponsor lectures to which all students are invited and encouraged to attend. Recent speakers include Ann Basting, author of Forget Memory: Creating Better Lives for People with Dementia; Robyn Golden, Miami alum and former Chair of the American Society on Aging; and Chris Jennings, formerly the Senior Health Care Advisor to President Clinton and currently one of the pre-eminent policy consultants in Washington, DC; and Anne Gillespie, Miami alum and a senior associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, a leading strategy and technology consulting firm.


There are several ways that undergraduate students may get involved in research. Gerontology faculty members frequently supervise students in independent investigations for which you can earn academic credit. Recent projects undertaken by gerontology students include working with a local area agency on aging on the organization's strategic communications plan, and an examination of the eating/dining experience for residents of a dementia care unit. In addition, the Undergraduate Research Program encourages you to conduct small-scale independent research projects, and the Undergraduate Summer Scholars (USS) program enables Miami undergraduates to conduct extensive research or other creative activities in the summer under the supervision of an individual faculty mentor. Two recent projects are a study of Kikuyu older women in the changing Kenyan economy and an evaluation of TimeSlips, a story telling program for individuals with dementia.