Students at CAC

Planning to apply for a student Fellowship? Provided is an example Research Statement for you to review and an example abstract for submission to CAC. For more information, visit the NIDCD Student Fellowship page.

Student Fellowships – NIDCD Research Symposium in Clinical Aphasiology

Since 2003, the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) has funded a conference grant with 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, data, and clinical implications.

Second, the grant provides funds for approximately 15 students to participate in the RSCA, and by extension, the CAC. Student fellows will be reimbursed up to $1600 for travel and conference expenses. The RSCA also provides a number of special opportunities for student fellows. These include a ‘host’ mentor, a lunch and discussion with the RSCA keynote speaker, a mentoring meal and discussion with several established researchers to answer fellows’ questions and provide advice about an academic research career, and a special poster session where most fellows present and discuss their research.

Any student who is active in an academic program and 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. A partial list of criteria for awarding these fellowships includes: preference to United States citizens, members of ethnic and racial minorities, first authors, doctoral (rather than lower-level) students, and authors on papers that are most highly rated by the CAC Program committee. Applicants also should note that nearly 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. A small number of papers by student fellows may be selected as platform presentations to be included in the regular CAC program. However, students who do not want to present in the poster format, or whose co-authors do not agree to have the paper presented in this format, should not apply.

There are three parts to the application. Part 1 demographic and other information requested as part of the regular CAC abstract submission process. Part 2 is a brief form that provides basic assurances from the applicant and the applicants advisor or department chair. Part 3 asks for a brief written statement. Applicants should read and complete each part carefully, and follow the instructions for submitting them.

We look forward to receiving and reviewing your application.

Committee members:

  • Argye Hillis, M.D., M.S.
  • Nichol Castro, Ph.D.
  • William Hula, Ph.D.
  • Diane Kendall, Ph.D.
  • Swathi Kiran, Ph.D.
  • Amy Rodriguez, 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.