Aging Studies Interdisciplinary Group (ASIG)

The Aging Studies Interdisciplinary Group (ASIG) is a collaborative organization for graduate, professional, and undergraduate students studying aging in programs across the University. ASIG is student led and promotes the development of critical engagement across disciplines and explores diverse approaches to knowledge and inquiry related to aging education and research.

As of January 2022, ASIG is now an official student organization at the University of Minnesota.

Together we:

  • Encourage thoughtful discussions about approaching issues around aging,
  • Explore different theoretical perspectives, methodological approaches, and changing conceptualizations of knowledge in aging,
  • Provide concrete opportunities for students to hone professional skills,
  • Focus on theoretical and pragmatic aspects of gerontology, and
  • Foster interdisciplinary communication and collaboration.
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Connect with ASIG

Follow us on Twitter @asigumn, Instagram @asigumn, and LinkedIn. To join ASIG, please complete the survey and email Dr. Rajean Moone (, Associate Director of the Center for Healthy Aging and Innovation, and you will be added to the ASIG email list-serv which will provide event updates and other important information!

Networking & Social Events

ASIG members can be a part of a number of different networking and social events. 

View the 2022-2023 schedule and register at

On a monthly basis, ASIG convenes to discuss emerging and important topics related to aging policy, practice, and research that impact the lives of older adults and caregivers.

At least once each semester ASIG hosts a discussion on a book or movie related to aging and older adults.

ASIG hosts events to bring members together to have fun outside of an academic setting.

Members can participate in bimonthly meetings to discuss topics related to geriatric and gerontological research.

Leadership & Volunteer Opportunities

Students at the University can participate in ASIG activities as a member. Members are invited to volunteer to organize or host an event or support ASIG in other ways. Members also have opportunities to lead the organization. Interested students should contact the current Co-Chairs of ASIG.

Each Spring Executive Board positions (Executive Co-Chairs, Secretary/Parliamentarian, Events, and Marketing/Communications Chair) are open for election. 

Throughout the year Ad Hoc Committee Chair positions are open for appointment.

2022 – 2023 Executive Board

Michelle Berning, Chair
Jamie Stoppler, Marketing & Communications Chair
Maya Benedict, Parliamentarian Chair
Rui Zhong, Podcast Chair
Dana Urbanski, Research Chair
Farah Baig, Outreach Chair

Past Co-Chairs

2021-2022: Kayla Murphy & Dina Belhasen
2020 – 2021: Devon Sauerer, MPH (2021) & Kristi Oeding, PhD (2021)

Voices of Aging Podcasts Now Available!

The ASIG podcast services, Voices of Aging, is now available and regularly updates!
You can find the podcasts here:

Apple Podcasts


iHeart Radio

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