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NIH R25 Grant

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Aging (NIA) has awarded the University of South Carolina a five-year, $1.8 million NIH R25 Grant to provide research experience and academic enrichment as a way to prepare underrepresented students (URMs) in South Carolina for graduate studies in STEM programs.

Research Education Program

The Research Education Program (REP) is designed to improve underrepresented racial and ethnic minority students’ research experience, academic skills, and readiness for career advancement  in STEM programs. The program prepares students to pursue graduate studies in science, technology, engineering, and careers  related to aging. The Research Education Program (REP) for underrepresented students includes:

  • A eight-week summer experience (June 5, 2022-July 28, 2022) that will provide biomedical research opportunities under the guidance of expert faculty, professional development, workshop training and science/journal club meetings in aging research, as well as networking with other young scholars and researchers. Students in the REP will have the chance to present their work at a research symposium and/or professional conferences.
  • REP students will be immersed in an empowering culture of scientific research, that allows them to exhibit high self-efficacy in biomedical research, while developing career goals as a result of participating in our REP.
  • All students will participate in pre-professional development sessions tailored to provide: 
    • Educational activities that will emphasize the relevance of aging and of the 
      science of aging to students' lives.
    • Diversity in aging research.
    • Develop their academic skills in time management, exam taking, anxiety 
      management strategies and mentored-guided individual development 
  • A stipend, lodging, and per diem for the entire of the ten-week summer program.
  • Funds to travel to present research at local, regional and national conferences.


This program also seeks to help fellows build deeper connections with each other over the summer. We’re hoping that REP will be the foundation of your professional network moving forward, as you complete your undergraduate studies, into graduate schools, and when you begin your careers.

For all inquiries about this program please contact or Dr. Nishika Edwards,


Student Contributions

Our NIH R25 students play a fundamental part in research and utilize their training and mentoring to facilitate their own research projects. The NIH R25 scholars presents their research projects in multiple conferences. In addition, they produce several abstracts and manuscripts. Highlighted in this section, you will also see awards and accolades received by the NIH R25 scholars.

  • Lidadi Agbomi - Clemson University
    Awarded a certification of participation for Outstanding ePoster Presentation at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (November 2021)


Congratulations to our NIH R25 NIA Scholars

Check out where our NIH R25 NIA Scholars have graduated and been accepted into graduate school:

  • Hannah Young from Anderson University. She will be attending Charleston Southern University for their Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

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