As a student in an audiology graduate or undergraduate program, you are well on your way to becoming an outstanding audiology professional. With all of the time you spend at school, it can be challenging to find ways to stand out to externship sites and future employers. The AudiologyNOW! convention, in Indianapolis, Indiana, April 5–8, 2017, is one great way to prepare for your future. AudiologyNOW! is the largest gathering of audiologists and has historically offered a variety of events for students and professionals looking to stay up to date with the newest research and technology. This year, the Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) Programs and SAA Conference Subcommittees have planned several events you will not want to miss! We are bringing back some of your old favorites, but we also have some exciting new ones. See our guide below for everything you need to know about AudiologyNOW! and the SAA Conference.

Why Indianapolis: Indianapolis is a beautiful yet inexpensive city that lies in the heart of Indiana. This city has one of the best and largest conference centers in the country, which was voted best “Convention City” in 2014 by USA Today. With state-of-the-art lecture rooms and the best technology available, you can maximize your conference experience.

How to get there: If you are a national member of the SAA, you can take advantage of student rates for both AudiologyNOW! and the SAA Conference. You can also investigate funding through your university. Many universities offer grants or scholarships for conference attendance. Additionally, your local chapter of SAA could hold a fundraiser to help chapter members get to Indy!

What’s in It for Students?

Expand your knowledge. Students have the opportunity to hear from leaders in our field through the student lecture series during AudiologyNOW! and the SAA Conference on a new day, Saturday, April 8, from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Develop new skills. New this year, the SAA is hosting multiple hands-on workshops just for students during AudiologyNOW! Be sure to reference the Conference Planner as the convention nears! In addition, be sure to attend the SAA Conference to see challenging real-life case studies that put your knowledge to the test!

Learn in small groups. The AuD Student Toolbox event features round-table discussions of various topics including tables with resources for undergraduate students. First time attendee? Held right after the General Assembly, this event is a must-see to learn some tips and tricks to make the most of your conference experience!

Engage in friendly competition. Compete against your fellow classmates and other AuD programs in our second annual AuD Practice Bowl, Exhibit Hall Scavenger Hunt, and SAA T-shirt Contest.

Meet leaders in our field. Attend any of our three Hot Topics, Cold Drinks sessions, where you have the chance to ask experts in our profession the tough questions in an intimate, one-on-one setting at SAA Central.

Prepare for the future. We have options for students at every level. Hear from current fourth years and new professionals at our Externship Panel. Work on your curriculum vitae at our resume workshop. Can’t decide which specialty of audiology is right for you? Come to our panel, “What Kind of AuD Do I Want to Be?” to learn and ask questions with audiologists from a variety of settings.

Network with other students. Attend the SAA Mix and Mingle on Wednesday afternoon, April 5, for a chance to meet students from other programs and enjoy some hors d'oeuvres. On Wednesday night, be sure to meet up with your new friends at Cheers for Ears, a fundraising benefit that supports student scholarships, research grants, education, and community service initiatives of the SAA. 

SAA Conference and AudiologyNOW!—What’s the Difference?

The SAA Conference and AudiologyNOW! are two complementary events that go hand-in-hand! AudiologyNOW! gives you the opportunity to pick and choose events from a very large agenda. Student events at this conference are just a small portion of what you can attend by registering for AudiologyNOW! In addition to the ability to attend lectures and networking sessions that offer continuing education units for professionals, you are granted access to the exhibit hall, where you can see and learn about all of the latest products from the leading technology manufacturers and vendors.

Conversely, the SAA Conference is a separate event that is created specifically for graduate students in audiology. At this conference, content experts and audiology leaders will present case-based studies to the student audience, designed to supplement graduate coursework. Your separate registration for the SAA Conference grants you access to an entirely different agenda of events—one designed with students in mind. We are very excited to announce that this year the SAA Conference is being held on Saturday, April 8 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, so you can enjoy everything both conferences have to offer.

Get access to these great events by registering for both conferences online now!