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:

  • Review Begins: March 2019
  • Final Application Deadline: April 1, 2019
  • Notification Date: April 5, 2019
  • Program Dates: May 15, 2019 to July 24, 2019


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


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


Participant will:

  • Contribute to an ongoing research project through collaboration with faculty members, graduate students and other undergraduate students
  • 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
  • Interact with students, academics and practitioners in a number of settings, ranging from informal meetings to a professional conference.

Financial Support

Participant will receive:

  • Competitive Stipend
  • Travel / accommodation / meal support
  • Housing on the UA campus


Participant must:

  • Commit at least 40 hours per week to REU activities
  • Attend professional development workshops or research seminars
  • Attend shadowing experiences at the Speech and Hearing Center on campus
  • Attend social events