Student Research Opportunities
Undergraduate students majoring in communication sciences and disorders are afforded numerous opportunities to participate in research. Those in the Honors in Major program write a senior honors thesis, which is an original piece of theoretical or applied research conducted under the supervision of an appointed faculty advisor. Examples of recent projects include: a critical analysis of children’s literature as a means of facilitating language development; the development of an original articulation test for native speakers of a Spanish dialect, and a critical review of the literature on the acquisition of linguistic humor.
Undergraduate students are encouraged to apply for funding to support their research through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program. This opportunity is available to all students.
At the graduate level, students selecting the thesis option will conduct original research leading to a publishable product. Students develop and implement their thesis projects under the guidance and supervision of a committee of faculty members headed by a committee chair. Examples of recent projects include a study of the effects of shared book reading on early lexical acquisition, a study of enhanced natural gestures as a communication strategy for children with Angelman Syndrome, and a study of the efficacy of intoned speech as a treatment methodology in long-term aphasia.
In addition to thesis research, graduate students may have the opportunity to collaborate on faculty research projects in their interest areas.
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