Al Dallago Undergraduate Gerontology Research Grant PROGRAM

General Information

Al Dallago Undergraduate Gerontology Research Grant is an integral part of the UCF Undergraduate Research Grant program that can provide funds to support gerontology research projects submitted under the UCF URO (Undergraduate Research Office) program. The purpose of the LIFE gerontology grant program is to encourage UCF undergraduate students to conduct research that supports all aspects of understanding the human aging process, and improvements to the wellness and quality of life of senior citizens.

Gerontology is an interdisciplinary subject and therefore this grant program is open to all undergraduate students no matter which major they are studying.

The UCF URO program provides $500.00 research grants each semester to undergraduate students.  Information and Applications are located at the following web site:

The Al Dallago Undergraduate Gerontology Research Grant provides $500 for gerontology related research submitted under the URO program.  In special cases this funding maybe in addition to that provided by the basic UCF URO program.


To apply for for the LIFE gerontology research award, applicants must check the Gerontology Research box on the UCF application form. Applicants are asked to ensure that the proposed research paper clearly explains the application to gerontology.  Merely noting that the research may be related to a common senior disease is not sufficient.  URO Research applications that are gerontology marked are reviewed by both the URO review committee and the LIFE gerontology Grants committee.

Applications can be submitted each semester in accordance with the UCF program.  Funding is provided and must be utilized during the following semester.

Application web site: .

Gerontology Awards are based on the merits of the project submitted for consideration using the following minimum criteria:

  1. How well the project meets the purpose and intent of this award.
  2. How well the research meets the stated gerontology related need.
  3. Benefit to LIFE members, to elder students, to community members, and to lifelong learning.
  4. Availability of other funding to support this research.



This past academic year LIFE received 12 applications for the Al Dallago URO Gerontology Awards. One $500.00 award is made for each academic semester. The following 3 awards were made over the summer, fall, and spring semesters:
1. Samuel Harris, a biology student for his research entitled: Understanding on the molecular basis for the higher incidence of prostate cancer                   in racially disparate group of people and possibly find a diagnostic marker for early detection of prostate cancer.
2. Khoa Nugyen, a biology student for her research, received 2 awards for her research related to finding anticancer agents to inhibit the                                proliferation of metastatic prostate cancer cells.