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WashU offers new Research Specialization in Audiology

photo of McClannahan and Borden in lab
Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology Kate McClannahan, PhD (left), and audiology student Callie Boren discuss a hearing assessment for one of their research participants.

The Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences (PACS) at Washington University is offering a new Research Specialization track for audiology students.

The new program provides students the opportunity to gain additional knowledge and experience in research, starting with a unique summer research experience following their first or second year of study. This is then augmented by advanced coursework in statistics and research methods, as well as an expanded capstone research project. Participants are also encouraged to take part in local research seminar offerings to gain additional experience and network within their fields of interest.

The new track was developed in response to audiology students’ interest in augmenting their research training and experiences during their normal course of study and provides a formal mechanism for doing so. Students receive a stipend to cover expenses during their summer research experience. The altered coursework and capstone does not extend the duration of the normal audiology program.

The opportunities provided by the new track are not lost on its first participant, third year audiology student Callie Boren.

“The new research specialization is an exciting opportunity for PACS Audiology students to gain clinical research experience,” she said. “Participating in ongoing lab work without sacrificing the quality of clinical education makes this track perfect for students, like myself, who have an interest in research. I am excited for the broader impact this track will have on the field of audiology as it will help equip future audiologists with a better understanding of evidence based clinical practice.”

The specialization is encouraged for audiology students who might be interested in pursuing a PhD. It was also designed so that students who do continue on to the PACS PhD program can be one step ahead as they begin.

The new track can currently accept two students each year. For more information, visit the PACS website.