PROmoting the next GENeration of Researchers (PROGENY)

Purpose

The purpose of PROGENY is to encourage the development of young scientists in communication sciences and disorders (CSD) and to highlight undergraduate research efforts. PROGENY pairs faculty researchers with undergraduate students who are eligible authors on poster presentations at the annual ASHA Convention. PROGENY highlights and supports the work of these undergraduates by providing them with an opportunity to talk with experienced scientists about their research, and about pursuing an academic-research career.

In addition, of all the eligible undergraduate authors, the 10 who receive the highest scores from the Convention Program Committee will also receive a waiver of their Convention registration fee.

Eligibility

PROGENY is open to all undergraduates who are either

  1. a first author on a poster presentation at the ASHA Convention or
  2. a co-author of a poster presentation that is first-authored by another undergraduate

Current undergraduates, as well as those who were undergraduates at the time of submission, are eligible

Authors must attend the ASHA Convention to participate.

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Format

Participating authors will be paired with faculty researchers who have relevant expertise. These established scientists visit each student's poster during its regularly scheduled poster presentation session. Each student should be prepared to discuss his or her poster with the faculty researcher (e.g., describe the experimental question, the research design, implications of the findings, and future research directions). The scientist paired with the student is asked to engage in discussions about the student's research project and to provide information about academic-research career options in the CSD discipline. Scientists are encouraged to invite a PhD student in his or her lab to also visit the undergraduate student’s poster. The interaction between these young scientists and PhD students can provide a model of the progression one undergoes while pursuing an academic-research career. The list of all undergraduate participants in the PROGENY program is disseminated widely to encourage other Convention attendees to visit the posters and to talk with these talented undergraduates.

How to Participate

  • Submit a poster proposal through the usual online Call for Papers for the ASHA Convention. The first author of the proposal must be an undergraduate student and must indicate this undergraduate student status in the author information section. The undergraduate student status of any co-authors should also be indicated in the author information section.
  • All eligible undergraduate authors whose posters are accepted for presentation are invited to participate. At Convention, they will be paired with a faculty researcher who has similar and relevant expertise.
  • Participants will receive an e-mail in early November with more information and the name and contact information for the faculty researcher with whom that participant is paired.

Questions? Contact ASHA's Academic Affairs and Research Education Team at [email protected].

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

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