Students Preparing for Academic-Research Careers (SPARC) Award


The goal of the Students Preparing for Academic-Research Careers (SPARC) Award is to foster students' interest in PhD education and academic research careers, in support of the PhD pipeline in communication sciences and disorders (CSD). The SPARC Award provides opportunities for students to participate in mentored teaching and research activities.

In addition, the SPARC award offers a professional networking opportunity for those who attend the ASHA Convention. SPARC awardees are invited to attend a reception exclusively for ASHA's research education program awardees, participants, and faculty.

For those attending, this is a great opportunity to meet fellow SPARC awardees, learn about and meet participants in ASHA's other research education programs, and network with the experienced faculty who have been involved in the success of these programs.

Eligibility Requirements

You are eligible to apply if your current education status is:

  • junior or senior undergraduate student enrolled in a CSD program
  • first-year master's student enrolled in a CAA-accredited [PDF] CSD program
  • first- or second-year entry-level clinical doctoral (e.g., AuD) student enrolled in a CAA-accredited [PDF] program
  • holder of a BA degree and an offer of admission for enrollment to an entry level graduate degree program in CSD for the 2016–2017 academic year

You are not eligible to apply if you have been admitted to or are currently enrolled in a research doctoral (e.g., PhD) program. The goal of the SPARC award is to foster students' interest in the pursuit of a PhD education and a career in academia. The award is, therefore, limited to undergraduate, first year master's, and first- and second-year entry-level audiology clinical doctoral students.

You are eligible to receive the award if you will be a part-time or full-time student in academic year 2016–2017 as follows

  • senior undergraduate
  • first- or second-year student in a CAA-accredited master's speech language pathology program
  • first-, second-, or third-year entry-level student in a CAA-accredited clinical doctoral (e.g., AuD) program

Awardees must be National NSSLHA members at the time of the SPARC award allocation.

View current and former SPARC Award recipients.

How to Apply

Applicants must complete an online application, upload several PDF documents, and submit the entire application package by the established deadline. See the application instructions for details on the required documents and application deadline date. 

Questions? Please refer to the SPARC FAQs. Still have questions? Please contact Academic Affairs and Research Education at [email protected].

Interested in serving as a reviewer? At a minimum, reviewers must hold a PhD degree and have a faculty appointment. Additional requirements may apply. Contact [email protected].

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