Student Support

Sigma Phi Omega Honor Society in Gerontology

The University of Minnesota established the Upsilon Mu Nu (UMN) local Chapter of Sigma Phi Omega, the Honor Society in Gerontology.

As noted, “Sigma Phi Omega (SPO), the international academic honor and professional society in gerontology, was established in 1980 to recognize excellence of those who study gerontology and aging and the outstanding service of professionals who work with or on behalf of older persons. The formation of a society provides a much needed link between educators, practitioners, and administrators in various settings where older persons are served.”

If you are interested in joining the UMN Chapter of Sigma Phi Omega, contact Rajean Moone, PhD, to learn more –

Scholarship and Financial Support

The Robert L. Kane Postdoctoral Fellowships in Aging, Dementia, and Long-Term Care nurtures scholars with strong substantive expertise/interests in long-term care, healthcare systems and delivery, prevention and management of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRDs), intervention design/development, systems innovation, health equity, and/or quality of care/quality of life among older adults and their family/professional caregivers. Methodological skills in one or more of the following areas are preferred: (1) intervention research; (2) quantitative/longitudinal methods; (3) qualitative or mixed-methods; (5) community-engaged research methodologies; (6) program or policy evaluation; and/or (7) implementation and dissemination.

The Robert L. Kane Graduate Scholarship in Excellence in Long-Term Care provides $40,000 during the academic year for University of Minnesota Master’s-level or professional doctorate students who are fully committed to pursuing a professional career in long term care following the completion of their degrees.

Robert L. Kane Long-Term Care & Aging Scholarship offers $3000 to be used towards tuition. Qualified graduate or professional students are matched with internships at various agencies that serve older adults during the academic year.

Other organizations offer scholarships for students studying aging. Several scholarships are available from the Minnesota Gerontological Society.

Care Providers of Minnesota Foundation

Promising incoming applicants to the PhD Program in Health Services, Policy, and Administration in the Division of Health Policy and Management in the School of Public Health are eligible for the CHAI Fellowship in Aging Studies! Please contact Dr. Gaugler for more details (

Center for the Healthy Aging and Innovation & The Goodman Group Scholarship Program

Shelley Joseph-Kordell Memorial Scholarship

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