T35 Short Term Research Training Program
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. Each AuD student will be involved in a specific research project, working with one of 11 investigators currently conducting clinical or translational research related to hearing and balance:
Investigators and Laboratories Available to AuD Students
Students will be matched with a mentor according to the students’ interests and mentor availability. Other benefits of the T35 traineeship include:
- Regularly scheduled journal groups
- Local seminars and workshops
- Colloquia presentations by national and international experts in communication disorders
- A course on responsible conduct in research
- Access to all hospital faculty for informal discussions and consultations
- Technical and computer support
- Travel stipend to present the T35 research project during the Mentored Research Poster Sessions at the American Auditory Society meeting in sunny Scottsdale, Arizona the following spring
This is an excellent opportunity for AuD students to obtain significant exposure to research in an active laboratory conducting research related to clinical and experimental audiology, and may be of particular interest to students who are considering pursuing a PhD.
- Currently enrolled in an AuD program
- Able to participate full time (40 hrs/wk) for three consecutive months
- U.S. citizen or permanent residency status (students on J or F training visas are not eligible for NIH training support)
Each student will receive a stipend of $2,110/month for each of the three months they participate in the program. Costs associated with research (e.g., subject fees) are supported by NIH grants held by hospital faculty or other sources.
Trainees are required to secure their own housing for the duration of the program. Summer housing options may be available at Creighton University, approximately one mile from BTNRH. Please contact us for further information about this possible option for 2021.
What Makes the BTNRH T35 Program Unique?
2021 will be the BTNRH T35 program’s 15th consecutive year of training AuD students in research. Over 75% of the T35 students who have completed their research training at BTNRH have first-authored or co-authored publications in top-tier journals.
Omaha is a hilly city on the banks of the Missouri River. It is home to attractions such as the NCAA Men’s College World Series, the world-class Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, a vibrant performing arts scene, museums, outdoor concerts, bike trails, parks, diverse restaurants, and the historic Old Market district.
Application and Notification Schedule
Complete applications should be received by
January 15, 2021. Traineeships typically begin sometime in May 2021, based on the student’s and mentor’s schedules. However, AuD students may participate in the program at any time during the year as long as eligibility requirements are met.
Interested AuD students should submit the following:
- Letter of interest describing career goals and value of completing this traineeship
- Completed application (pdf)
- Copy of curriculum vitae
- Letter of reference emailed directly from the Au.D. Program Director/Dept. Chair or academic adviser (or a hardcopy may be included with mailed applications in a sealed envelope signed across the seal by the adviser)
Application materials may be sent via email (preferred) or U.S. mail to:
Nicole Bailey, AuD Training Program
c/o BTNRH Research, 3rd Floor
Boys Town National Research Hospital
555 North 30th Street
Omaha, NE 68131
Office Phone: (531) 355-5611
Fax: (531) 355-6351
What Former Students Are Saying
“Completing a T35 traineeship has been one of the most impactful experiences I have had during my time as an AuD student. It allowed me to learn what it is like to complete a research project from start to finish and be a part of the scientific process. From asking interesting and impactful questions to designing a study to help answer them, I expanded my knowledge past what we learn in the classroom and clinic. In addition to a wonderful research experience, completing a T35 has provided me invaluable friendships and mentorships that have continued past my time as a T35. Overall, my T35 was an amazing experience and I am so thankful I had the opportunity to participate in such an exceptional program.”
--Margaret R., University of North Carolina School of Medicine
“Participation in the T35 program at BTNRH was one factor that contributed to my decision to pursue a PhD and a career in academia. The T35 program allowed me to be completely invested in research and made me realize how satisfying it can be solve problems and answer questions that have the potential to improve the clinical care received by individuals with hearing loss. I am thankful for my time as a T35 trainee at BTNRH for the friendships that have resulted, the contributions made to audiology and hearing science, and the opportunity to learn from some of the most well-accomplished, brilliant, and welcoming people in the field.”
--James L., University of Iowa
“Completing a T-35 fellowship in the Cochlear Implant Lab at Boys Town National Research Hospital provided me with the understanding of research methodology I would not have gotten anywhere else. The skills I developed during my T-35 experience continue to serve me every day as a research audiologist for a cochlear implant manufacturer, a position I was significantly more prepared for thanks to the T-35 experience. The T-35 program is a great opportunity for any audiologist who sees research as at least a part of their future career, regardless of job position.”
--Erin C., University of Texas at Dallas
“Completing a T35 Short-Term Research Traineeship in the Human Auditory Development Laboratory at Boys Town was one of the highlights of my academic career. My mentors centered the experience around my interests and were continually invested in connecting me with experts in the field doing similar work. I developed skills not only in project implementation and data management, but also in presenting, publishing, and connecting results back to clinical practice. The T35 undoubtedly solidified my interest in a career in translational research!”
--Meredith B., University of North Carolina School of Medicine
“Boys Town is very unique in the sense that it offers a huge variety of services for all ages, but the atmosphere is still that of a smaller intimate setting. Collaboration is everywhere.”
--Julia G., University of Cincinnati