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Research Mentoring-Pair Travel Award

The Research Mentoring-Pair Travel Award (RMPTA) is given in conjunction with the Research Symposium, a multi-session event held at the ASHA Convention. The award is designed to foster the research career 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.

The 2021 Research Symposium will be prerecorded and available as part of the ASHA Convention virtual library. Awarded pairs will receive ASHA Convention registration fee waivers and engage in award activities.

View previous RMPTA recipients.

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Eligibility and Selection

A protégé and mentor apply as a pair. 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
  • 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,
      and
    • 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

Fall Semester 2021

  • Each mentor and protégé registers for the ASHA Convention using a registration fee waiver issued upon acceptance.
  • Each mentor–protégé pair views the Research Symposium presentations in their entirety (approximately 6 hours).
  • Each protégé works with their mentor to develop questions to ask the Symposium speakers.
  • Attend a virtual event for RMPTAs and Symposium speakers (date TBD).

Spring Semester 2022

  • Protégés who are PhD students, students in a combined PhD degree program (e.g., MA/PhD, AuD/PhD), or 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 2021 RMPTA application will close at 11:59 EDT on Thursday, July 1It 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 onlySubmit 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 as follows:
      • View the Symposium presentations in their entirety (approximately 6 hours)
      • Assist the protégé in developing questions for the protégé to ask the Symposium speakers
      • Attend a virtual event for RMTPAs and the Symposium speakers (date TBD)
      • After Convention
        1. For mentors of PhD students, students in a combined PhD degree program, and postdoctoral fellows—conduct a mentored review, in February, of one manuscript in JSLHR based on Symposium presentations.
        2. For mentors of master’s and clinical doctoral students— work with protégé to help identify and support two activities related to pursuing a research career, both of which the protégé will complete during the Spring semester.

Still have questions? Contact ASHA's Academic Affairs and Research Education team at research@asha.org.

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