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Training for Research and Academic Careers in Communication Sciences (TRACCS)

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Are you interested in psychology, medicine, physics, linguistics, physiology, engineering, biology, sociology, anthropology, or other similar fields? Communication sciences and disorders is a highly multidisciplinary field that touches upon all these areas.

Have you ever considered pursuing a career in research? Communication sciences and disorders is undergoing a shortage of Ph.D. students and career researchers studying normal and disordered speech, voice, language, swallowing, and hearing.

TRACCS is a 6-week intensive research program for minorities that is run by faculty in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at Indiana University for the purpose of increasing the number and diversity of students in pursuit of academic careers in the field of communication sciences and disorders. Students from under-represented groups (African American, Latino, American Indian and Asian American) are especially encouraged to apply.

The TRACCS program features two main parts: research activity and information sessions.

Research Experience

TRACCS students will work closely with a faculty mentor whose research interests match their own as closely as possible.

At the conclusion of the 6 week TRACCS program, every student will have knowledge of what it is like to be a researcher; a refined list of graduate programs to which to apply; a well-written statement of interest to submit with each application; professional contacts in the field of communication sciences and disorders; and the confidence that comes from succeeding at a challenge.

Information Sessions

In addition to doing research, TRACCS students will spend time in group discussions with different faculty members about pursuing and succeeding in a research career.

mentor and menteeTopics will include:

i.Choosing a doctoral program and creating the best possible application

ii.Funding for graduate school (and beyond)

iii.Deciding what to study

iv.Being a critical reader and careful writer

v.Research methods and ethics

vi.Presenting at conferences and publishing in journals


viii.Job opportunities

ix.Life in academia

mentor and mentee - At the conclusion of the 6 week TRACCS program, every student will have knowledge of what it is like to be a researcher in the field of communication sciences and disorders and the confidence that comes from succeeding at a challenge.

Participating Institution(s):
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Indiana University, Bloomington (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Anthropology & Archaeology
Biomedical Engineering
Linguistics & Speech Sciences
Medical Sciences
Psychology & Behavioral Sciences
STEM Fields

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