Through a generous donation from the Washington Society of Audiology (WSA), the American Academy of Audiology Foundation is offering full-time audiology graduate students (AuD, PhD, AuD/PhD) from a Washington state-based university funding to support their participation in professional meetings in the hearing sciences or other subjects related to the students’ professional coursework. The selected students will present research or gain an educational experience not available in their academic programs. The selected students will receive reimbursement to participate in any qualifying educational event, including AAA 2023+HearTECH Expo. For a virtual event, the registration fee will be reimbursed.

Students who receive funding through this WSA-funded STAR Program are required to provide the Foundation with a post-conference statement (2-3 paragraphs) that details the experience and learning outcomes within 30 days following the conference. The recipient is also encouraged to send photographs (.jpeg format) with his/her post-conference statements for use on the Foundation Web site and in other media.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Students must be full-time audiology graduate students (AuD, PhD, AuD/PhD) at a U.S. university at the time of the conference.
  2. Students presenting their own research are given preference in STAR Program funding.
  3. Students can only receive one STAR Program award during their graduate school career.
  4. Awarded funding constitutes a reimbursement for allowable expenses incurred and will be made following conference attendance and the submittal of appropriate documentation.
  5. Students are required to notify the Foundation if they have applied for and/or have received funding from other sources. STAR funding is not intended for use when other mechanisms of support have already been provided/received to cover conference expenses.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to submit the following:

  1. Completed application (Attached).
  2. Letter of recommendation from a departmental faculty member supporting the applicant’s attendance at this specific conference and verifying the applicant’s standing in the program. Please explain how attendance at this conference will advance the student’s future career.
  3. Personal statement that explains why the applicant wishes to attend the conference, which aspect(s) of the conference is unique unto itself, and how it relates to the applicant’s course of study (500 words maximum).
  4. Curriculum and/or agenda of the meeting the applicant wishes to attend.
  5. Abstract of research poster/presentation and brief description of the applicant’s role in research project (optional).