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Research Mentoring-Pair Travel Award Application Instructions and Frequently Asked Questions

Application Instructions

The 2016 Research Symposium is scheduled for Saturday, November 19, at the ASHA Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

To apply, it is the protégé's responsibility to access the online application system during the application period, complete the online form, upload all of the following materials as PDF documents, and submit the entire application by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, Friday, July 1, 2016.

  1. application form;
  2. protégé's curriculum vitae, resume, or narrative biographical sketch detailing educational, clinical, and research experiences;
  3. research statement: in 50 words or less, describe your research interests and how they are relevant to the current year's Symposium topic;
  4. 1,000-word essay stating
    • current research interests and activities,
    • how attendance at this meeting could serve to enhance personal research career goals,
    • why this mentor-protégé team is an appropriate match and will facilitate the goals of the protégé;
  5. for incoming graduate students only, you must submit a copy of your acceptance letter or a short letter from the program confirming your incoming status;
  6. mentor's curriculum vitae;
  7. mentor's letter of support that includes statements on the following
    • awareness of the protégé's research goals, and how they relate to the mentor's research interest and activities,
    • commitment to help support the protégé's research goals by working with him/her,
      • before Convention, to develop questions for the protégé to ask at the Symposium,
      • during Convention, by attending the entire Symposium together, including lunch and dinner networking events with the Symposium speakers,
      • after Convention (in February), by conducting a mentored review of one or two Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research manuscripts based on Symposium presentations.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply for the award if I have already received ASHA Convention funding from another source?

An individual who has received other ASHA travel awards is eligible to apply for the RMPTA.

Who can I apply with as my mentor? Does he or she have to be someone at my university, or may they be based elsewhere?

Protégés are able to pick a mentor of their choice; however, mentors are required to be seasoned investigators in an academic, clinical, or research environment.

What will the award application review process entail?

The Research Mentoring-Pair Travel Awards will be made based on a competitive application process. Following the submission deadline, all applications will be sent to a group of designated reviewers. Selections will be based on reviewers' score of the following documents:

  • biographical sketch
  • 1,000-word essay
  • letter of support from the mentor

Applicants will be notified of the status of their application in August.

Am I still eligible for the award if I cannot attend the Symposium?

No. Mentors and protégés must attend the Symposium. Everyone is expected to attend the Symposium and associated lunch and dinner networking events in their entirety. If you or your mentor are presenting a session that gets scheduled on Saturday, and exception will be made to accommodate you or your mentor being absent for that part of the day. You must contact research@asha.org to inform the program organizers of this conflict.

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