The goal of the UM ADAPT program is that all Trainees will be supported for two consecutive summers and two academics years in the program. We very strongly believe that 2 consecutive years in the UM ADAPT program will significantly enhance the Trainee’s experience and maximize their potential for successfully completing an advanced graduate degree in a biomedical or behavioral discipline related to aging. 

Eligibility criteria:

  • Citizen or permanent resident of the US;
  • Enrolled full-time at at the University of Maryland College Park;
  • Currently a sophomores or junior
  • Have not already completed a Bachelor’s degree;
  • 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average;
  • Come from under-represented minority group, disadvantaged background, and/or have a disability
    • Under-represented minority: African American or black, Hispanic/Latino, Native American or Pacific Islander
    • Disadvantaged background: First generation college student within the immediate family
    • Disability: Physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities
  • Desire to pursue a PhD in biomedical or behavioral sciences related to aging;
  • Willing to commit to the program for 2 consecutive summers and academic years.

To apply to the UM ADAPT program the candidate must submit:

  • Completed UM ADAPT Application Form
  • A one-page Personal Statement that must address:
    • which three ADAPT program faculty mentors they have selected and why
    • their long-term career goals, especially with regard to graduate school and pursuing a PhD degree
    • why they selected the UM ADAPT program
  • Unofficial undergraduate transcript
  • Letters of reference from three university faculty members who are familiar with the applicant with one of these letters from a faculty member who has had the applicant in a behavioral, life, or biological sciences class.

Click here to download the UM ADAPT Application Form

Application materials should be submitted to the Program Director, James Hagberg, PhD, via email at

Applicants are strongly encouraged to communicate with the Program Co-Ordinator or Program Director and to submit their complete application as soon as possible as admissions are on a rolling basis and qualified applicants will be admitted until the number of available slots for the year is filled.

Each candidate’s application materials will be reviewed by the UM ADAPT Admissions Committee based on the following criteria:

  • The candidate’s desire to pursue a PhD degree
  • The candidate’s Personal Statement
  • Undergraduate GPA, especially in science-based courses
  • Letters of reference
  • A rising sophomore or a junior
  • The diversity they add to the applicant pool
  • The mentors they have selected