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Founded in 1990 by the University of Georgia Institute of Gerontology, the Student Mentoring Conference was formally known as the Southern Regional Student Convention on Gerontology and Geriatrics and is now operated under the auspices of the Georgia Gerontology Consortium. Several University System of Georgia Institutions now co-sponsor the Conference each year along with The University of Georgia. This Conference seeks to provide students with practical experiences associated with academic and applied gerontology. The Conference was conceived as a vehicle for students to network with key professionals in aging and to gain first hand experiences in all aspects of organizing and hosting a conference, including post-convention monographs and publications. Further, the Convention is used to promote student professional development, share important student work in the fields of gerontology and geriatrics, and teach faculty/student mentoring. Attendance at the Conference is open to all persons interested in gerontology and geriatrics, including the general public. Student seed grant recipients are required to attend and present posters of their research.
Besides its original home in Athens, GA, the Conference's site now rotates each year to a co-sponsor's campus. In the fall of each academic year, a Conference announcement and a call for posters is distributed by mass mailing, media announcements, and publication to the University of Georgia Institute of Gerontology website. To download the most current Conference announcements (2007 Conference), click here. Please note that the 2008 Conference will be held in Tybee Island, Georgia on March 28-30. Forthcoming information will be available this fall.
In recent years, involved students are mentored in the process of publishing a peer-reviewed monograph of that year's Conference proceedings. Besides mass mailing of the published monographs, the monographs have also begun to be electronically published. To view a listing of downloadable monographs from past Conferences, click here.
For more information concerning the Southern Regional Student Mentoring Conference on Gerontology and Geriatrics, please contact:
Dr. Anne Glass
Institute of Gerontology Help Desk
255 E. Hancock Avenue
The University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-5775
Phone: (706) 425-3222
Fax: (706) 425-3221