Southeastern Student Mentoring Conference in Gerontology and Geriatrics

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Call for Abstracts!

We are pleased to announce the call for abstracts and invitation to attend the Southeastern Student Mentoring Conference in Gerontology and Geriatrics on April 15-16 in Pensacola, Florida.

For over 26 years, this conference has provided the only dedicated venue for students and faculty from across the southeastern United States to share their passion for gerontology and geriatrics.

The 26th anniversary conference theme is Environment and Quality of Life. The invited program includes student keynote addresses and a keynote from Dr. William Haely from USF and Christine Mullen and Kristen Johnson (1st and 2nd place winners at the SMC Conference in 2014).

At the heart of the conference are research presentation sessions, which represent a key learning experience for participating students.

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Student Mentoring ConferenceMission

The Southeastern Student Mentoring Conference in Gerontology and Geriatrics seeks to provide students with practical scholarly experiences associated with academic and applied gerontology. The conference was conceived as a vehicle for students to gain experience presenting their research and to network with key professionals in aging. The conference promotes student professional development, acknowledges important student work in the fields of gerontology and geriatrics, and supports faculty/student mentoring.

Who Can Attend

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.


Student Mentoring ConferenceFounded in 1989 by the University of Georgia Institute of Gerontology, and formerly knowns as the Southern Regional Student Convention on Gerontology and Geriatrics, the annual Southeastern Student Mentoring Conference in Gerontology and Geriatrics has helped to produce over three generations of gerontologists. Former student presenters now bring their own student mentees to the conference. Our list of student and faculty keynoters had included many leading gerontologists.

The first six conferences were held in Athens, Georgia. Over the years, additional sponsors joined on, and the conference now rotates each year to a different co-sponsor's campus. In recent years, involved students receive mentoring in the process of publishing a peer-reviewed monograph of each year's conference proceedings.


Several southeastern institutions co-sponsor the conference each year along with The University of Georgia. Our most recent conferences were co-sponsered by Armstrong Atlanta State University's College of Health Professions, Georgia State University's Gerontology Institute, Mercer University, University of Alabama's Center for Mental Health & Aging, University of Kentucky's Gradudate Center for Gerontology, and University of South Florida's School of Aging Studies.

Student Mentoring Conference

2014 Conference

Conference Program

Call for Abstracts

2014 Monograph

2013 Conference

2013 conference publications include:

2013 Call for Abstracts
2013 Monograph

Conference Archive

Click here to view past conference themes, programs, call for abstracts, and monographs.

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For more information concerning the Southeastern Student Mentoring Conference on Gerontology and Geriatrics, please contact us:
Phone: (706) 542.2539