Are there any events at the 2010 ASHA Annual Convention that would be of particular interest to PhD students, faculty, and researchers?

The following selected events would be of interest to PhD students, faculty, and researchers attending the 2010 ASHA Convention. Visit ASHA's Convention Web pages and you will find My Planner, where you can search for sessions on "research issues across the discipline" or "academic and educational issues."

Researcher-Academic Town Meeting

This annual event that brings together faculty and researcher is hosted by ASHA's Vice Presidents for Academic Affairs and Vice President for Science and Research. This year's topic is "Building Capacity for the Research Doctorate". The Wednesday, November 17, event is by invitation only and has limited seating for 300. 

Academic Affairs and Research Education Information Kiosk

All faculty and students are encouraged to stop by the ASHA Member Services Center in the Exhibit Hall to visit the Academic Affairs and Research Education kiosk. You can meet the Academic Affairs staff, ask questions, pick up resources on award and mentoring programs, and learn about all the great Web pages at your disposal. Not going to Convention? No problem—contact [email protected] to learn about these and other resources.

Graduate School Fair

Undergraduate and graduate students should take advantage of this annual ASHA event, co-sponsored by National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) and ASHA. To be held on November 18 and 19, the Graduate School Fair brings together faculty and students for the benefit of learning about master's and doctoral programs. Students can meet face-to-face with faculty while academic institutions can showcase the unique features of their programs.

20th Annual NIDCD-Sponsored Research Symposium

The research symposium aims to bring together researchers in the communication sciences and disorders (CSD) field to discuss a specific topic, as well as new research being conducted in that area. This year's topic is "Neuroplasticity in the Mature Brain." The research symposium will feature five sessions that occur on Saturday, November 20.

Building Academic Program Capacity With Innovative Clinical Education Models

Attend this session (#0474) on Friday, November 19, from 8 to 10 a.m. The focus will be on clinical education models that have successfully increased academic program capacity. Speakers—including faculty from James Madison University, Kent State University, and University of South Carolina—will discuss the clinical education models employed, strategies for overcoming challenges to increase student capacity in the clinic, outcome data, and any impact the model has achieved in meeting personnel preparation needs nationally, regionally, and/or locally. 

Lunchtime Sessions on Academic Program Capacity Building and HES sessions

Join us for an opportunity to share and learn at the lunchtime session about Building Academic Capacity in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology including educational models and state advocacy that have aided efforts to address personnel shortages in the professions. Attendees at this lunchtime session will be encouraged to engage in peer discussion of capacity building activities. Faculty, administrators, state association representatives and members interested in sharing ideas and learning about ASHA resources for facilitating expansion of graduate education enrollment are encouraged to attend on Thursday, November 18.

Perhaps you are interested in learning about data on graduate education in CSD? Come to the HES Data Reports: Pipeline to the Professions lunchtime session on Friday, November 19, and get information on available Higher Education Data System (HES) reports and how they may be used. Learn about the value of key data points of interest and the importance of providing data that can inform decisions about CSD education and the professions. This session is designed for new and existing program directors, their designees, faculty, and anyone interested in graduate education data.

"New Investigator" and "Pathways to Research Funding" Roundtables

The 13th annual New Investigator Roundtable will provide a venue for individuals who are in the beginning stages of their academic-research careers (i.e., graduate, AuD, and PhD students; post-doctoral fellows; and junior faculty members) to interact with more seasoned investigators. The 4th annual Pathways to Research Funding Roundtable will provide a venue for researchers, including emerging scientists such as PhD students, post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty, to interact with funded investigators and staff from funding agencies (e.g., NIH, VA, NSF, IES). Through informal discussions, the participants will meet with individuals in the discipline who can offer advice concerning developing and maintaining successful academic-research careers.

Mentoring Academic-Research Careers (MARC) Breakfast

This event honoring current and former MARC participants will be held on Saturday, November 20, from 7 to 8 a.m. MARC participants at Convention will have an opportunity to meet, network, and share information and experiences on how the MARC program has helped with PhD completion and advancing academic careers.

Students Preparing for Academic & Research Careers (SPARC) Luncheon

Current 2010 SPARC award winners and their mentors, together with former SPARC Award winners, are invited to the SPARC networking luncheon to be held Saturday, November 20, from noon to 1 p.m. This event will honor current and former recipients, and it offers an opportunity to meet other SPARC awardees and learn how the award has fostered teaching and research interest and helped individuals progress toward a PhD degree and a career in academe.

More Information

If you have questions about any of these events, contact [email protected] or [email protected].  

This article first appeared in the October 2010 issue of Access Academics and Research.

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