Center for Hearing Research 14th Annual Symposium

Final Draft Call for PostersRegister for our upcoming symposium. We hope to foster communication and interaction among participants.

Speakers include:

  • Laurie Eisenberg
  • Mary Fagan
  • Lisa Bedore
  • Stephanie de Anda
  • Antje Inlefeld
  • John Middlebrooks
  • Elizabeth Peña
  • Judith Kroll
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Interested in Bilingual Testing?

We’ve been working with Dr. George Farkas with his reading one-to-one project. Reading one-to-one is a tutoring project for children who are struggling readers.

At the beginning of the year, we administered short screeners (BESOS) in Spanish and English to see where kids are in terms of their grammar and vocabulary in each language. And now we are ready to do end of year testing. We have about 100 kids to screen and it will take about 20 minutes to screen each kiddo. If you’re interested in language learning and what to get some first hand knowledge about the language of children this could be a good opportunity. We are looking for students who can spend 5-10 hours in the schools (in the morning) between now and the end of May.

If you’re interested, please complete the survey here and we’ll get in touch with you.

NIH Funded Postdoc Opportunity

Help spread the word. I can take on a post doc this upcoming year at UCI in the HABLA lab. Start date is flexible with the possibility of starting in the summer or fall. Trainees must be US citizens or permanent residents.

Send me the following:

  • CV
  • cover letter detailing your interests in doing work related to the HABLA lab and your commitment to a career in research/teaching in speech-language-hearing
  • contact information for two referees

my email is: edpena@uci.edu

 

 

ASHA 2018

The American Speech, Language, Hearing Association annual convention is coming up this November in Boston, MA. There are a bunch of seminars, technical talks, and posters focused on bilingualism throughout the day of the convention. Here is the listing of those sessions.  See you there!

Volunteer Opportunity @UCI

We are starting a new collaboration with Dr. George Farkas with his reading one-to-one project. Reading one-to-one is a tutoring project for children who are struggling readers. This year we’ll be working with him in a bilingual school in Santa Ana, CA.  Before tutoring begins children will be tested in two languages. This is where we could use some help.

We will administer short screeners in Spanish and English to see where kids are in terms of their grammar and vocabulary in each language. We have about 100 kids to screen and it will take about 20 minutes to screen each kiddo. If you’re interested in language learning and what to get some first hand knowledge about the language of children this could be a good opportunity. If you’re interested, please complete the survey here and we’ll get in touch with you.

When should I contact potential adviser?

NOW!

I’m starting to receive inquiries about doctoral study now and I expect I’ll hear from more potential Ph.D. students as fall starts. At UCI School of Education, applications are due December 1. It’s a good idea to start contacting and setting up skype, in person, or phone meetings with potential mentors a couple of months before the deadline.

An e-mail inquiry is fine to start. You should introduce yourself, express an interest in doing graduate work with your potential mentor, and tell them a little about yourself. It’s helpful to include a CV but it’s not critical. This initial contact will help you to tell a potential mentor about yourself and how your interests might fit into what they are doing. You might also inquire about whether they are taking students for the following year.

In the meeting, come with questions, ask about what is going on currently with their research, new project coming up, ask about funding, ask about the program of study (beyond what’s already on the website). Be prepared to answer questions about your interests and goals. Do you want to become a faculty member, researcher, etc.?

In this conversation you will learn more about the process and how your application is evaluated. Sometimes I find myself picking up on someone’s statement and saying, “make sure to include that in your statement of purpose.” If you’re not sure what they mean, ask. I think that this part is helpful because it will help you to identify things that you should include in your materials to better shape your application.

I also think it’s good to ask to speak to other students in the program, so you can ask about that as well. Students in the program are going to have insights about the program and the work, etc. that I just don’t have. And you want to have as much information as you can to make a good decision. I’ve said before, it’s about fit, and it’s about funding. It’s also about making sure that you get the support you need to be competitive for the job market.

 

Can I do a Ph.D. while working full-time?

I’ve been asked this from time to time, and I see if asked on facebook groups and other fora like the Chronicle of higher education. The basic answer is no. You can probably earn a professional doctorate (Ed.D., SLPD, etc.) while working part-time or even full-time. But, it’s different for a Ph.D. (at least if you’re a full-time student).

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