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T35 Research Program


T35 Research Program

Michelle Hughes, Ph.D., Boys Town National Research Hospital

Hi I’m Michelle Hughes and I’m the program director for the T35 research training program here at Boys Town National Research Hospital. The T35 program is a short term research training program for AuD students. It is funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders.

The purpose of the T35 program is to provide AuD students with a short term but intense research training experience so that they might be encouraged to pursue a career in hearing research. There is an impending shortage of PhDs in the fields of Audiology, so the NIH and the NIDCD have partnered with research institutions like Boys Town National Research Hospital to find ways to encourage AuD students to consider pursuing a PhD.

The T35 program is three months long. Most students participate during the summer and students engage in research fulltime during that period. Students typically have their own mentored project which many students have used to fulfill theses or capstone requirements for their home university. Then the students present their research at a mentored research poster session at the annual meeting of the American Auditory Society the following spring.

One of the things that makes our program so unique is that roughly three quarters of the students who have completed a traineeship here at Boys Town have gone on to publish their research in top tier peer reviewed research journals.

The connections the students have made through their experience here at Boys Town have opened doors to future opportunities that might not have been available otherwise. So if you are an AuD student and if you are interested in research don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to learn in a world class internationally recognized research environment.

Boys Town National Research Hospital, with funding from a T35 training grant from the National Institute for Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), is soliciting applications from AuD students for a three-month, full-time, clinical or translational research training experience in the hearing sciences.