Research Mentoring-Pair Travel Award

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The Research Mentoring-Pair Travel Award (RMPTA) is given in conjunction with the Research Symposium, a day-long event held at the annual ASHA Convention. The 2019 Research Symposium is scheduled for Saturday, November 23, at the ASHA Convention in Orlando, Florida. The award is designed to foster the professional development of students and early-career scientists who have expressed an interest in, or are pursuing, research careers in communication sciences and disorders.

Each student or early-career scientist identifies a more experienced investigator and invites that individual to apply with him or her as a mentor-protégé pair.

Awarded pairs will receive ASHA Convention registration fee waivers and a $1,000 stipend ($750 to the protégé and $250 to the mentor). The pairs engage in activities before, during, and after Convention.

View previous RMPTA recipients.

Eligibility and Selection

A protégé and mentor apply as a pair and must attend the Symposium together. Below are the eligibility requirements:

  • Protégé eligibility:
    • student at the master's, clinical doctorate, or PhD level at the time of Convention, or
    • postdoctoral fellow, or
    • junior-level faculty member (below the level of associate professor)
  • Mentor eligibility:
    • experienced investigator affiliated with an academic or clinical research environment, either at the protégé’s university or another institution
    • Symposium speakers are not eligible to serve as RMPTA mentors (see the  Symposium Agenda)
  • An individual who has received other ASHA travel awards is still eligible to apply for the RMPTA.

The Research Mentoring-Pair Travel Awards are made based on a competitive application process. Designated reviewers consider each applicant's research interest and its relatedness to the Symposium topic, as well as the mentor's qualifications. Preference will be given to investigators whose area of research is related to the topic of the Symposium.

Awardee Pair Requirements

The award includes responsibilities before, during, and after Convention.

Before Convention

  • Each mentor and protégé registers for the ASHA Convention using a registration fee waiver issued upon acceptance
  • Each mentor and protégé reads articles identified by the speakers about their Symposium topics. Each protégé should work with his or her mentor to develop questions to ask during the question and answer period of the Symposium.

During Convention

  • Each mentor-protégé pair attends the Research Symposium together all day Saturday, November 23, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to approximately 6:00 p.m., including a networking lunch with the Symposium speakers. If a protégé or mentor are presenting a session that gets scheduled on Saturday, an exception will be made to accommodate being absent for that part of the day. Awardees are required to contact to inform the program organizers of this conflict.
  • Each protégé must ask at least one question during the Symposium

After Convention

  • Each mentor-protégé pair conducts a mentored review during February to review a Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research manuscript based on one of the Symposium presentations. 

How to Apply

The 2019 RMPTA application period opens May 1, 2019 and closes at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday, July 1, 2019. It is the protégé's responsibility to access the online application system, complete the online form, and upload the following protégé and mentor materials as PDF documents by the close date:

Protégé materials:

  1. curriculum vitae, resume, or narrative biographical sketch detailing educational, clinical, and research experiences;
  2. research statement: in 50 words or less, describe your research interests and how they are relevant to the current year's Symposium topic;
  3. 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;
    1. 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;

    Mentor materials:

    1. curriculum vitae;
    2. 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 or her,
        • before Convention, to develop questions for the protégé to ask at the Symposium,
        • during Convention, by attending the entire Symposium together, including lunch with the Symposium speakers,
        • after Convention (in February), by conducting a mentored review of one Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research manuscripts based on Symposium presentations.

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