Culturally SMART (Student Multicultural Awareness and Research Training)
is an intensive multi-week fellowship for graduate students interested in increasing their cultural competence in the field of communication sciences and disorders as well as gain direct research mentorship in multicultural issues. Fellows will have the opportunity to present their work at a conference and/or publish in a scholarly journal and will also receive a stipend to offset participation-related costs.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 3rd, 2022 11:59pm EST
START DATE: October 12th, 2022; CSP Meetings will be held virtually on Wednesdays at 3pm EST.
~ A full-time graduate student enrolled in a communication sciences & disorders program or related discipline
~ In good academic standing (will be verified by unofficial transcripts)
~ A member of a historically underrepresented population in STEM
The programs consists of 2 parts: cultural competency training and research experience. The fellowship takes place over the course of an academic school year (Fall and Spring semester) with a 10 hour/week commitment. In order to participate in the research experience, fellows must complete and pass each cultural competency module assessment with a score of 85% or better. Please note, this is a tentative schedule and details may change at any given time.
Part I - Cultural Competency Curriculum (self-paced)
Module1: Cultural Competence in SLP
Module 2: Culturally Responsive Clinical Research
Module 3: Assessment & Intervention Considerations
Module 4: Multicultural/Multilingual Issues & Advocacy
Part II - Research Experience (6 weeks)
This year's research project will examine the effects of posttraumatic stress on language skills among Spanish-speaking bilinguals. Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in various aspects of the study protocol (e.g., recruitment, data collection and analysis, and dissemination of findings). At the end of the 6 weeks, fellows will submit a research abstract to a conference based on their results.
Part II - Research Experience (con't; 6 weeks)
One of the most important parts of research is the dissemination of the research findings. If their abstract is accepted, fellows will present their findings at a conference in April and will receive a travel stipend to offset conference related costs. They will also have the opportunity to submit a research article to a peer-reviewed journal as an alternative, or in addition to, a conference presentation.