Unique to the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is the degree of cooperative work undertaken by students and faculty in the study and practice of basic and clinical sciences and in their application to people in need of help with communication, the most human of all behaviors. Opportunities for involvement in study abroad, research, internships, clubs and professional organizations at the University of Vermont are widely available.
Students are exposed to guided speech-language pathology and audiology observations in the Eleanor M. Luse Center for Communication: Speech, Language and Hearing, which is housed within the Department in Pomeroy Hall on campus.
Speech and Hearing Club
Members of the Speech and Hearing Club gather for activities including parties for children in the Eleanor M. Luse Center, community hearing screenings, and field trips to sites including the Austine School for the Deaf in Brattleboro, Vermont.
University of Vermont Honors College
Academically high-achieving students are invited to become part of the UVM Honors College when they are admitted to the University. Students already attending UVM may apply for admission in the spring of their first year.
Communication Sciences and Disorders Honor Society
Rising junior and senior Communication Sciences and Disorders students may apply for membership in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Honor Society.
Junior or senior students who wish to obtain practical experience can be invited to participate in an internship in the audiology or speech-language pathology clinic at the Eleanor M. Luse Center. These internships are intended to increase students' confidence and knowledge in the areas of hearing assessment and habilitation prior to beginning graduate school in audiology (seniors only), or to increase students' confidence and knowledge in the area of speech-language habilitation prior to beginning graduate school in speech-language pathology (juniors with a GPA of 3.5 or above). Students who are interested in being considered for a clinical internship may contact their audiology faculty or advisor.
Participation in research can enhance students’ understanding of communication sciences and disorders, help them to decide which aspect of the field they would like to work in, prepare them for the research coursework and increase their chances of being accepted into graduate school. Both undergraduate and graduate students with strong academic records are often recruited to participate in faculty research. In some cases, this leads to a senior honors thesis, a master’s thesis, or even a dissertation in that area of study.
UVM offers study abroad opportunities that complement the Communication Sciences and Disorders curriculum. Contact the Office of International Education to learn more, and discuss your options with your advisor.