Student Fellowships - NIDCD Research Symposium in Clinical

Student Fellowships - NIDCD Research Symposium in Clinical Aphasiology
The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communicative Disorders (NIDCD) has
funded a conference grant to the Clinical Aphasiology Conference, to meet two aims. First,
this grant supports a Research Symposium in Clinical Aphasiology (RSCA), embedded in
the schedule of the Clinical Aphasiology Conference (CAC). Each year, this Research
Symposium is organized around cutting edge theory and data.
Second, the grant provides funds for up to 15 students to participate in the RSCA, and by
extension, the CAC. Student fellows will be reimbursed up to $1500 for travel and
conference expenses. The RSCA also provides a number of special opportunities for student
fellows. These include a 'host mentor’ assigned to each individual fellow, a reception with
host mentors and other fellows, the RSCA lunch in which fellows have an opportunity to
interact with the RSCA keynote speaker, the RSCA poster session where fellows present
and discuss their research, and the RSCA mentoring breakfast, in which student fellows
interact with seasoned CAC investigators about topics personal and/or professional.
Any student who is active in an academic program and who has earned authorship* on a
paper to be submitted to the CAC can apply for an NIDCD Student Fellowship, though we
will limit the number of fellowships that any single applicant can receive. The RSCA
Organizing Committee determines the awardees**.
A partial list of criteria for awarding these fellowships includes: preference to first
authors, on papers that are most highly rated by the CAC Program committee (which is
independent of the RSCA Organizing Committee). Preference is also given to doctoral level
students, United States citizens, and members of underrepresented ethnic and racial
Applicants also should note that all NIDCD student fellows will be asked to prepare posters,
regardless of their preference for presentation format. These posters will be presented
together in a single session and will be posted together in some form on the CAC website,
after the meeting. Students who do not want to present in the poster format, or whose coauthors do not agree to have the paper presented in this format, should not apply.
There are two parts to the application form. Part 1 is a form on which to provide basic
information and assurances. Part 2 asks for a brief written statement. Applicants should read
and complete each part carefully, and follow the instructions for submitting them;
incomplete applications will not be considered.
Please submit this application by January 19, 2015. We look forward to receiving and
reviewing your application.
Connie A. Tompkins, Ph.D., Head, RSCA Organizing Committee
Committee members: Joyce Harris, Ph.D; Argye Hillis, M.D., M.S.; Will Hula, Ph.D.; Diane
Kendall, Ph.D., Swathi Kiran, Ph.D.; Lew Shapiro, Ph.D.; Cynthia Thompson, Ph.D.;
Heather Harris Wright, Ph.D.
*'Earned authorship' denotes a significant and real involvement in the genesis of the research
question(s) and/or study conduct and interpretation.
** Committee members recuse themselves from evaluating submissions from their own
current or former students.
Application for Student Fellowship:
2015 NIDCD Research Symposium in Clinical Aphasiology (Part 1)
Return Part 1 by regular mail, FAX 412-383-6555, or via pdf by January 19, 2015 with signatures,
Connie A. Tompkins, Ph.D., BC-NCD
Dept of Communication Science and Disorders
University of Pittsburgh
4033 Forbes Tower
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Name: _________________________________________________
Address: _______________________________________________
Phone: ______________________Fax: _______________________
E-mail address (mandatory) ________________________________
Authorship on submitted abstract:
Abstract title: ______________________________________________
Race/ethnicity: ____________________________________________
Career aspiration: __________________________________________
University affiliation: _______________________________________
Degree program:
US Citizenship:
Have you previously received a Student Fellowship to attend this Research Symposium?
If yes, how many? ________________
"I certify that (1) the applicant is currently a student; and (2) the applicant has earned his/her authorship
on the submitted abstract."
Adviser/Department chair
"If offered a fellowship, (1) I certify that I have all co-authors' permission to present the paper as a poster;
(2) I agree to send an electronic copy of the poster to the Chair of the Research Symposium Organizing
Committee immediately after the conference; and (3) I agree to complete all evaluation forms pertaining
to the experience in a timely manner.”
Student Fellow Applicant
Application for Student Fellowship:
2015 NIDCD Research Symposium in Clinical Aphasiology (Part 2)
Compose Part 2 yourself and return by January 19, 2015 via e-mail to: Connie A. Tompkins, Ph.D.,
Please include your name, the title of your abstract, and your e-mail address in the text of Part 2.
Please send a brief statement (no more than 2 pages) that comments on any or all of the following.
Complete sentences not required where lists would suffice.
Research interests; research experience and products; how research fits in your career goals; why you
want a student fellowship; what you would offer as a student fellow; anything else relevant to your