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Students Preparing for Academic and Research Careers (SPARC) Award

April 24, 2010

The SPARC Award is offered as part of ASHA’s Strategic Objective to Increase Research Commitment. The goal of SPARC is to foster students’ interest in the pursuit of PhD education and careers in academia in order to fill faculty/researcher vacancies in communication sciences and disorders (CSD).

As many as 10 students will be awarded up to $1,500 for teaching and research enhancement activities, such as travel to a research, pedagogy conference or meeting; travel for a visit to an off-campus site that provides learning opportunities in a research lab or college classroom setting; or course registration to support the mentoring plans outlined in the application.

Examples of appropriate uses of funds include

  • purchasing necessary supplies (e.g., books, software)
  • attending the ASHA Convention and/or other relevant conventions, meetings, or conferences
  • traveling for a visit to an off-campus site that provides learning opportunities in a research lab and/or a college classroom setting
  • registration for special workshops, at conference or elsewhere, to support the mentoring plan outlined in the application

You are eligible to apply if your current education status is

  • junior or senior undergraduate
  • first year master’s student
  • first and second year entry level clinical doctoral (e.g., AuD) student
  • enrolled part-time or full-time in a CSD program in the United States during the academic year 2009–2010

All applications must be received by May 15, 2010.

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