Symposium on Aging Research (SoAR)

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SoAR 2024

SoAR 2024 was a success! Thank you to everyone who made it to the event!

We hope to see you next year!

Highlights of SoAR

  • A wide variety of student research presented in various formats
  • Relevant keynote speakers
  • Networking with fellow students, faculty, and community members
  • Awards for best student presentations
  • Door prizes
  • Free lunch included with registration

Mission statement

SoAR is an annual one-day meeting that strives to bring together students, faculty, and community members from across disciplines and with a variety of interests to present, dialogue, and learn about current research related to aging. The broad reach of SoAR seeks to support the development of meaningful trans-disciplinary partnerships and to extend knowledge dissemination efforts both within the academic environment and in the community. 


Provide a forum for graduate students engaged in aging research to:

  • Disseminate aging research to fellow students, faculty, research partners, and senior community members
  • Establish opportunities for new inter-professional collaboration with students, faculty, and senior community members
  • Promote and showcase aging research at the University of Waterloo

Student presentations

The aim of SoAR is to provide valuable conference experience for students at any stage of your research, offering a friendly and safe environment to practice your presentation skills. Student presenters of all skill levels are welcome!

All student research with a focus on aging, from any discipline, is eligible for consideration. Partial results and proposals are encouraged. 


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Past events

Click the links below for highlights of past SoAR events

What people are saying about SoAR

There's always something to learn, and interacting with students and experts in aging is quite productive.

SHARP Member

It was so exciting and energizing for me to hear about all the strong student research being conducted focused on aging and later life here at the University of Waterloo. All the students I talked to at the forum spoke about how pleased they were to be involved and how much they appreciated the opportunity to meet other students and faculty from across campus interested in aging.

AHS Faculty Member

SoAR brought people together from across the University of Waterloo to discuss aging. Very interesting and very enjoyable!

SHARP member

Great networking opportunity to learn from fellow peers and how to ask critical questions

UW Masters Student

SoAR has proven itself as an event that not only showcases current aging research at the University of Waterloo, but also one that heightens awareness on potential areas for future research, and connects those with similar interests in service and teaching. Past attendees have seen this event as an opportunity to bring together diverse groups from across the University of Waterloo who are passionate and dedicated about aging research.

We look forward to continuing to engage with these communities, learning from one another and maximizing on our abilities and experiences to improve the ways in which knowledge is created and shared.