The University of Alabama (UA) REU, Engineering Sensors Systems and Signal Processing for Speech Pathology, is a collaborative research experience between the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the department of Communicative Disorders. This multidisciplinary program runs from May through July and offers research opportunities for 9 students from UA and other institutions across the nation. Students in all areas of engineering, computer science, and related fields are encouraged to apply.

Available research projects will allow participants to work on interdisciplinary problems requiring image analysis, sensor design, algorithm development, and information processing to support research in speech pathology.  Speech language pathology is an applied behavioral science whose scope of practice includes screening, assessment, treatment, and technology/instrumentation related to the areas of fluency, speech production, language, cognition, voice, resonance, feeding and swallowing, and auditory habilitation/rehabilitation

During these research experiences, participants will be mentored by faculty in both engineering and communicative disorders to provide truly interdisciplinary research experiences.

Important Dates:

  • Summer 2021 program will run from May 26 to July 30
  • 2021 Application available November 2020

Contact

For more information about this program, contact the following program managers:

Application

We encourage applications from students who are also members of a group underrepresented in STEM fields (women, African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, persons with disabilities, first generation higher education, low income) or who are enrolled in a minority, women’s or non-doctoral institution.

Complete the online application by the deadline for full consideration. We reserve the right to make offers to promising applicants before the deadline. Recommendation letters and transcripts are not required in the initial application. However, they will be requested during the final selection process.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicant must:

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or its possessions
  • Be unemployed or in an inactive status in any position held during the ten-week program
  • Be and remain an undergraduate student in good standing
  • Plan to complete a degree program

Benefits

Participant will:

  • Advance your technical skills with circuits, programming, sensors, and data analysis by contributing to ongoing research projects that overlap engineering and speech language pathology.
  • Receive mentorship from both an Engineering faculty member and Speech Language Pathology faculty member to guide your research
  • Take part in a professional development program designed to foster research and technical communication skills through training and to encourage pursuit of graduate studies.
  • Interact with clinicians and student-clinicians during shadowing experiences at the Speech and Hearing Center
  • Take part in a professional development program to advance skills beyond your technical research to prepare you for graduate school or industry
  • Develop your communicate skills and ability to communicate your research with professionals beyond engineering by participating in a poster session at an end-of-summer speech pathology conference.
  • Available financial support to present the results of your research at a conference or presentation in the year following your REU participation

Financial Support

Participant will receive:

  • Competitive Stipend ($5000)
  • Travel Support to/from Alabama (up to $750)
  • Meal Support ($500)
  • Housing on the UA campus

Requirements

Participant must:

  • Commit at least 40 hours per week to REU activities
  • Participate in professional development workshops (e.g. Networking, writing graduate school applications, resume/CV building, designing posters for conferences), research seminars, and technical workshops (MATLAB programming, Sensor training, Anatomy reviews)
  • Participate in shadowing experiences at the Speech and Hearing Center on campus to understand how clinicians and patients interact, learn clinical practices, and the needs of clinicians and patients.
  • Participate in cultural activities with REU cohort (e.g. trips to U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, National Memorial for Peace and Justice)
  • Participate in social activities with REU cohort and Speech Language Pathology students at UA (e.g. Summer BBQs)