Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Undergraduate students in the department of Communication Sciences and Disorders are encouraged to work with faculty and staff to push the frontiers of knowledge, build new skill sets, and network with other academics and professionals by participating in the research process. Research is an essential part in understanding communication disorders and developing new and better ways of serving individuals with communication challenges.  In addition, active engagement in the research process cultivates the Liberal Education & America’s Promise (LEAP) essential learning outcomes: intellectual and practical skills, personal and social responsibility, and integrative and applied learning.


Opportunities for Undergraduate Research

COMDIS 494: Research Seminar

Seminar topics focus on the research process culminating in designing an individual or group research project with the resources and client base available within the department. Fall seminar includes topics of information literacy, literature review, developing a hypothesis, research design, IRB process and research ethics, and proposal writing. The spring seminar will include information on data management, statistical analysis, academic writing/presentation, and professionalism.


COMDIS 498R: Independent study

Independent study designed in partnership with the COMDIS 494 research seminar to provide specific guidance toward implementation of a research project in the mentor’s field of expertise. Mentors will consult with students on issues and skills specific to their research project not addressed within the research seminar.


Campus Supported Undergraduate Research Grants

There are several options to apply for funding for undergraduate research. For more information on specific grants and deadlines see the Undergraduate Research Program page at http://www.uww.edu/urp .


Topics and Client Groups of Interestundergraduate research day

Current Research Topics

·        Speech perception in noise

·         Influence of cognitive functions on speech perception

·         Informational masking

·         Occupational noise exposure

·         Use of social media for increasing bonding social capital

·         Literacy development programs

·         Speech and language development

-    Acoustic Maps of Campus Classrooms

·         Discourse analysis


Client Groups

·         Children age birth to 3 years from low socioeconomic status households

·         Adults with developmental disabilities

·         Adults with aphasia and stroke

·         Children ages 3 months to 6 years


Helpful Links

Undergraduate Research Program page:  http://www.uww.edu/urp

Research with Human Subjects: http://www.uww.edu/orsp/research-compliance/human-subjects

COMDIS Library Resources Guide: http://libguides.uww.edu/content.php?pid=261248&sid=2159011

Research with Human Subjects Training: https://fpmtma2.uww.edu:444/query_wo_results.html?WO_NUMBER_KEY

Citation Guide: http://libguides.uww.edu/cite