Eric Cerino, a senior majoring in psychology, has been named the recipient of a highly competitive Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) fellowship from the National Science Foundation. The $30,000 stipend will cover Cerino’s tuition and support direct research costs during the first 12 months of his Ph.D. program at Oregon State University’s (OSU) LIFE* in an Aging Society program (*Linking Individuals, Families, and Environments).
The National Science Foundation fellowship allows students to collaborate across disciplines in a multidisciplinary research traineeship. Only five students from across the nation get into the OSU program. Students pick a primary core (according to their Ph.D program) and a supplementary core. Cerino’s primary core will be Psychosocial, and his supplementary core will be Gerontechnology, giving him the opportunity to collaborate with engineering professors and students.
Cerino presented his research project, “Investigating Subjective Age, Level of Activity and Depressive Symptoms in Older Adults,” at the 18th Annual Posters on the Hill Conference in Washington, D.C., on April 29. The goal of Cerino’s research was to see if depression levels among senior citizens were impacted by how young a person feels and how active he or she is in society. Cerino was mentored by Eastern Psychology Professor Jennifer Leszczynski.