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.


Founded 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-sponsored by Armstrong Atlanta State University’s College of Health Professions, Georgia State University’s Gerontology InstituteMercer 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.

Next Upcoming Conference: SPRING 2018

For over 27 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. Contact gerontology@uga.edu for details of the Spring 2016 Conference.

Past Conferences

27th Annual Conference – April 21-22, 2016 in Atlanta, Ga.

  • 2017 Conference Program
  • 2017 Call for Abstracts
  • 2017 Monograph

26th Annual Conference – April 15-16, 2016 in Pensacola, Fl.

  • 2016 Conference Program
  • 2016 Call for Abstracts
  • 2016 Monograph

25th Annual Conference – April 11-12, 2014 in Athens, Ga.

  • 2014 Conference Program
  • 2014 Call for Abstracts
  • 2014 Monograph

24th Annual Conference – March 29-30, 2013 in Athens, Ga.

  • 2013 Call for Abstracts
  • 2013 Monograph