Short Term Research - AuD


Overview of the Program:

Boys Town National Research Hospital, with funding from the National Institute for Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), is soliciting applications from AuD students for a three-month, full-time (40 hours per week), 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 14 investigators currently conducting clinical or translational research related to audiology. Investigators, laboratory names, and brief descriptions of areas of research are provided through the link at the bottom of this page.

Students will be matched with a mentor according to the students’ interests and mentor availability. In addition, each AuD student will participate in a course on responsible conduct in research and will attend colloquia and journal groups as part of their research training experience.

This is an excellent opportunity for AuD students to obtain a significant exposure to research in an active laboratory conducting research related to clinical and experimental audiology.


This program is intended for students pursuing the AuD degree. Students must be able to participate full time for three consecutive months in order to be eligible for this program. The trainee must also be a U.S. citizen or must have permanent residency status. Students on J or F training Visas are not eligible for NIH training support.


In addition to the specific mentor with whom each AuD student will work, trainees will have access to all hospital faculty for informal discussions and consultations. A full range of technical and computer support will be provided during the three-month training period.


Each student will receive a stipend of $1873/month for each of the three months they participate in the program. Costs associated with research (for example, subject fees) are supported by NIH grants held by hospital faculty or other sources. In addition, a travel stipend will be provided for T35 trainees to present their research at the meeting of the American Auditory Society following their traineeship.


Housing will be provided across the street from the hospital at a cost of $125/month/trainee.

Application Process:

Interested AuD students should send a letter of interest, a completed application (pdf / doc), and a copy of their CV to Michael Gorga, Ph.D. expressing their interest. The student’s academic advisor also should provide a letter of reference to Dr. Gorga, which may be included with the application (in a sealed envelope signed across the seal by the advisor) or may be sent under separate cover via email to Dr. Gorga.


Complete applications should be received by January 15, 2015, with decisions about appointment made soon after that date. The traineeship will begin sometime in May 2015. However, AuD students may participate in the program at any time during the year so long as they meet the eligibility requirements.


Interested students should contact Michael Gorga, Ph.D., Program Director, Boys Town National Research Hospital, 555 North 30th Street, Omaha, NE 68131 with questions and to submit an application.

Michael Gorga, Ph.D.
Office Phone: (402) 498-6604 / Fax: (402) 498-6351

Investigators and Laboratories Available to AuD Students