PROmoting the next GENeration of Researchers (PROGENY)


The purpose of PROGENY is to encourage the development of young scientists in communication sciences and disorders, and to highlight undergraduate research efforts. PROGENY pairs faculty researchers with undergraduate students who are first 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 undergraduate first authors, the ten who receive the highest scores from the Convention Program Committee will also receive a waiver of their Convention registration fee.

PROGENY is conducted by ASHA's Academic Affairs and Research Education Unit and ASHA's Research and Scientific Affairs Committee (RSAC).


PROGENY is open to all undergraduates who are first authors, at the time of submission, on poster presentations at ASHA Convention. Each participating author is paired with a faculty researcher having relevant expertise.

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Established scientists visit each student's poster during its regularly scheduled poster presentation session. Each student should be prepared to discuss their poster with the faculty researcher (e.g., describe the experimental question, the dependent and independent variables, implications of the findings and future research directions). The scientist selected to talk with the student is asked to engage in discussions about the student's research project and to provide information about academic and research career options in the discipline. Scientists are encouraged to also 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 help to provide a model of the progression one undergoes while pursuing a 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 talk with these talented undergraduates.

How to Participate

  • Submit a proposal to present as the first author through the normal online Call for Papers for the ASHA Convention and indicate your status as an undergraduate student in the author information section.
  • All undergraduate first authors whose posters are accepted for presentation will be paired with a faculty researcher having relevant expertise.
  • Participants will receive an e-mail in early November with more information and the name and contact information for the paired faculty researcher.

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

Interested in serving as a faculty researcher? 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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