Getting Involved in Undergraduate Research

There are two opportunities for getting involved in undergraduate research: Departmental Honors Program; Research Experience Program. Departmental Honors requires a GPA of 3.5 in the major. In addition, Departmental Honors requires 6-8 credits of mentored research experience over a period of two semesters. In contrast, the Research Experience Program has not GPA criteria and research can be conducted in a single semester. View recent undergraduate student research projects.

Both programs use a centralized matching process. Each semester around enrollment time (e.g., approximately October 1 and March 1), an application is sent to all SPLH majors listing the faculty available to mentor research projects in the upcoming semester. If you are ready to start research in the upcoming semester, simply complete the application and turn it in by the deadline (e.g., approximately November 1 and April 1). Shortly after the deadline, you will be notified whether your application was accepted, and (if accepted) you will receive your mentor match and enrollment instructions. Questions can be directed to your advisor or the SPLH Undergraduate Research Coordinator, Dr. Panying Rong (prong@ku.edu.

KU offers additional opportunities to participate and fund your research through the KU Center for Undergraduate Research. Programs that past SPLH students have participated in include the Undergraduate Research Awards, the Emerging Scholars Program, the Global Scholars Program, the McNair Scholars Program,  and the Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity.

Getting Involved in Study Abroad

Study abroad is a valuable experience for SPLH majors because it helps you develop cultural competence: the ability to interact effectively with people of different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Developing skills in this area can increase competitiveness for graduate school admissions and for job opportunities post-graduation. KU Study Abroad offers short-term faculty-led programs, summer internships, and semester-long programs. There are appropriate options in each of these areas for SPLH majors. The links below will help you begin to explore your options. After you have reviewed these materials, please visit the KU Office of Study Abroad for further assistance in identifying the right program for you. They are located in 105 Lippincott Hall with office hours Monday-Friday 9-5 or you can email studyabroad@ku.edu

Getting Involved in Service Activities

Most people are drawn to SPLH because of a desire to work with people. Undergraduates are encouraged to gain experience working with a diverse array of individuals to hone their interpersonal skills and demonstrate their potential for a career in a helping profession. SPLH majors are able to complete an elective clinical practicum in audiology (SPLH 670) or speech-language pathology (SPLH 672) during their senior year, after completing the appropriate pre-practicum coursework (SPLH 568 for audiology and SPLH 571 for speech-language pathology). Practicum takes place in the Schiefelbusch Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic. Note that practicum opportunities also are available on campus in the summer. While many SPLH majors do complete a practicum experience, practicum opportunities are limited each semester to ensure a quality experience for enrolled students. For students who are not able to complete a practicum enrollment during their studies, KU offers many other opportunities to work with people, including those available through the KU Center for Community Outreach and KU Alternative Breaks.

Getting Involved in Leadership

SPLH majors are able to develop their leadership skills through involvement in the KU Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (KUNSSLHA), which is a local chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA). A Minority Student Leadership Program (MSLP) also is offered at the national level for seniors. Students need to apply to the MSLP in the spring semester of their junior year (see the slides from the 2015 Informational Session). Additional leadership opportunities are available to KU undergraduates through the Institute for Leadership Studies (ILS), including a minor in leadership studies.

News and events

Ana Paula Mumy - Spero Stuttering

Personnel Prep Grants

Megan Davidson and Jena McDaniel (Post doc) will each be receiving ASHAFoundation New Investigator Research Grants! 

Randi Hutto was awarded a Fall 2020 UGRA with Dr. Meghan Davidson

Department of Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences & Disorders 2020 Graduate Commemoration link went live May 30, 2020 @1:00 PM

Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders 2020 Graduate Commemoration link went live May 30, 2020 @1:00 PM

MA student Alondra Del Real received an honorable mention for Therapy Insight's Essay Contest. Her essay was titled "The Lack of Diversity in the Field of Speech-Language Pathology." 

Emily Sonsthagen presented a Poster in the 23rd Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 25, 2020

Emily Sonsthagen received an Outstanding Presentation Award!

Suma Suswaram to be awarded the KU Tradition of Excellence Award on Saturday, April 18, 2020

SPLH UG students selected as University Scholars: Sophie Moore and Michaela Russ 

SPLH/IPCD Graduation Ceremony Information Page, May 16, 2020

In person Graduation Recognition Ceremony 2020 is cancelled due to Covid 19.  Two virtual ceremony Power Point Movies are in progress.  Completion to be announced.

Suma Suswaram is International Leader of the week (2/24/2020).  Congrats Suma!

News from Ana Paula G. Mumy, M.S., CCC-SLP February 2020

KU Student Equity & Inclusion WorkgroupKU Student Equity & Inclusion Workgroup Fall 2019 Newsletter

CoKU Student Equity & Inclusion Workgroupngratulations to our December 2019 Graduates: Elyse T. Adame, Gabriella A. Araiza, Hannah Grace Harrison, Ezra S. Kaiser, Romaric A. Keuwo, Rebecca Grace McGuinness, Margaret Ann Olson, Allison G. Peterka, Hally Allena Ricklefs, Carrie Michelle Riseling, Gabrielle K. Rosenwald, Lindsay Nicole Thomas.

Ana Paula G. Mumy, MS, CCC-SLP (center) was recently an invited speaker at the Brazilian Stuttering Association “AbraGagueira” conference. She is pictured with its current president (left) and its founder/director (right).  A large group attended the documentary film showing, "When I Stutter", which is the film Ana Paula translated with the AbraGagueira founder.

Corinne Walker, a Ph.D. student in SPLH received the 2019 ASHA foundation Student Research Grant in Early Childhood Language Development

SPLH student Haleyanna Schippers- one of 10 undergraduate students to receive undergraduate research awards this fall.

Bridget Rennard is featured on page 18 of KU Giving magazine's Fall 2019 edition.

SPLH student Bridget Rennard is one of 7 KU students, graduates to win Fulbright awards 

Steven F. Warren, Ph.D. has been named the 2019 Distinguished Alumni by the Applied Behavioral Sciences department.

IPCD students, Ivarene Hurtado (MA-SLP) and Suma Suswaram (PhD), have been selected for ASHA’s Minority Student Leadership Program (MSLP) Class of 2019

Joshuaa Allison-Burbank is recognized by The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development: as a 2019 Native American 40 under 40 award recipient.

Ana Paula Mumy along with Brazilian SLP Daniela Zackiewicz just completed translation of the film, "When I Stutter" in Portuguese, and it will be debuted at the "Abra Gagueira" conference this October, which is the Brazilian association for persons who stutter.  Ana Paula is an invited speaker at the conference and will be hosting the very first screening of the film in Portuguese!

Bachelor’s Degrees in American Sign Language & Deaf Studies, KU Edwards Campus

Congratulations to Russell Johnston, Ph.D., Kristen Muller, Ph.D., and Kevin Pitt, Ph.D. for successfulling defending their dissertations this summer! 

Congratulations to Tiffany P. Hogan, Speech Language Pathology PhD alum, ASHA Fellowship of the Assiciation 2019 Award recipient.

Suzanne Adlof, one of our Speech Language Pathology MA/PhD alums now in South Carolina, received the presidential early career award in science/engineering.

Congratulations to Mindy Bridges, Assistant Professor, on receiving the School of Health Professions (SHP) Research Grant for her proposal: The Development of Language-Intensive Professional Development Modules for Prekindergarten Teachers.

Abby Enneking, 2nd year MA-SLP student, will be 1 of 2 students from Kansas to receive the Sertoma International Award.

Frank Kim, 2nd year MA-SLP student, will be the recipient of the SHP Dean's Diversity Scholarship.

Nancy Brady recently participated in the First Summit Forum of China Higher Education of Speech Language Pathology at East China Normal University in Shanghai China. Dr. Brady is pictured with Dr. Qiaoyun Liu, the department head and associate Dean at East Normal. Dr. Liu was a visiting scholar at KU in 2018. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss a consensus for curriculum in Speech Language Pathology in China.


Dr. Holly Storkel leads a research project aimed at developing effective interventions for kids with DLD called KAW Story. The project just earned a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders to continue research with 60 Kansas kindergarteners across several school districts.

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