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Research Mentoring-Pair Travel Award

2020 Convention Cancelled (As of July 10, 2020)

We are sorry to announce that the 2020 ASHA Convention, scheduled for November 19–21 in San Diego, California, has been cancelled. This decision was made in partnership with our host destination, San Diego. Please read our full statement.

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 2020 Research Symposium is scheduled for Saturday, November 21, at the ASHA Convention in San Diego, California. The award is designed to foster the professional development of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who have expressed an interest in, or are pursuing, research careers in communication sciences and disorders.

Each graduate student or postdoctoral fellow identifies a more experienced investigator and invites that individual to apply with them 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.

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Eligibility and Selection

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

  • Protégé Eligibility:
    • Must be a student at the master's, clinical doctorate, or PhD level at the time of Convention, or
    • postdoctoral fellow with research doctoral degree (PhD or equivalent).
    • IMPORTANT NOTE: To be eligible, applicants may not apply to any of the following Convention-related opportunities:
      • Audiology/Hearing Science Research Travel Award
      • Audiology Students at the ASHA Convention
      • Minority Student Leadership Program
  • Mentor Eligibility:
    • Must be an experienced investigator affiliated with an academic or clinical research environment, either at the protégé’s university or at another institution,
    • Must hold a research doctoral degree (PhD or equivalent).
    • IMPORTANT NOTE: Symposium speakers are not eligible to serve as RMPTA mentors (see the  Symposium Agenda).

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

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 their mentor to develop questions to potentially ask during the Symposium question-and-answer periods.

During Convention

  • Each mentor–protégé pair attends the Research Symposium together all day Saturday, November 21, 2020, from 8:30 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 is encouraged to ask at least one question during the Symposium.

After Convention

  • Protégés who are PhD students, students in a combined PhD degree program (e.g., MA/PhD, AuD/PhD), or are postdoctoral fellows work with their mentors during February to write a mentored review of a Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research (JSLHR) manuscript based on one of the Symposium presentations. 
  • Protégés who are master’s or clinical doctoral degree students work with their mentors to identify two activities related to pursuing a research career, which they will complete during the Spring semester. These activities are solely at the discretion of the pair. Some ideas include discussing research career options, reading and discussing a research paper, identifying potential PhD advisors, visiting a research lab, and helping design or conduct a research study.

How to Apply

The 2020 RMPTA application is not yet open. 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: Include your educational, clinical, and research experiences
  2. Career statement (100 words or fewer): Describe your future career goals
  3. Research statement (400 words or fewer): Describe your research interests and activities
  4. Symposium statement (400 words or fewer): Explain how your research is relevant to this year's Symposium topic. If applicable, describe how specific talks on this year's Symposium agenda relate to your research interests and how these talks could enhance your personal research career goals.
  5. Mentor statement (300 words or fewer): Describe why your mentor is a good match for you and how attending the Symposium with this mentor will facilitate your research career goals. If you are applying with a current mentor, explain how RMPTA participation will enhance the mentoring that you are already receiving.
  6. For incoming graduate students only: 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 (400 words or fewer), on institutional letterhead, that includes statements demonstrating the following:
    • An awareness of the protégé's research goals and how they relate to the mentor's research interest and activities
    • A commitment to help support the protégé's research goals by working with them at following times:
      • 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
        1. For mentors of PhD students, students in a combined PhD degree program, and postdoctoral fellows—by conducting a mentored review, in February, of one manuscript in JSLHR based on Symposium presentations.
        2. For mentors of master’s and clinical doctoral students—by identifying, together, two activities related to pursuing a research career, both of which the student will complete during the Spring semester.

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