About the Auditory Neuroscience Training Grant

Director: David Perkel, Departments of Otolaryngology-HNS and Biology, perkel@uw.edu
Coordinator: Jean Rogers, Interdisciplinary Programs Academic Affairs, The Graduate School, jeanp@uw.edu

The University of Washington has a long-standing history of commitment to research in the areas of hearing, speech and language studies, and communication disorders. In addition, it has an outstanding interdisciplinary community of investigators in all of the subdisciplines of basic neuroscience. At the intersection of these communities is a diverse and highly productive group of investigators who study the fundamental neural mechanisms that underlie hearing and communication.

One important mission of the auditory neuroscience community at UW is to mentor the trainees who will carry on this line of research and advance our knowledge of the field in the future. The Auditory Neuroscience Training Program complements related training programs at UW in Otolaryngology and Speech and Hearing Sciences, and helps train the basic neuroscience researchers whose work will form the foundation for research in the clinical disciplines.

The experience provided through the Auditory Neuroscience Training Program emphasizes predoctoral training since this is the area in which strong support during the early stages of training is most crucial. Trainees have the opportunity to participate in active research programs in neuroanatomy, development, genetics, cell and molecular biology, neuropharmacology, and electrophysiology of the peripheral and central auditory system as well as psychoacoustics, language perception and processing, and communication behavior. Moreover, they are encouraged to combine research in more than one area through collaborative efforts. Program trainees are exposed to a wide range of research techniques, enabling them to conduct technologically and conceptually sophisticated programs of research. An important goal of the training program is to attract and train high-caliber minority researchers in auditory neuroscience.

Support for 5 graduate and 3 postdoctoral fellows is provided through an NIH Training Grant. This support includes a stipend, tuition (except student fees), a research supply allowance (which can be used to reimburse student fees), and some travel to meetings. Support is for a total of 24 consecutive months dependent on satisfactory progress. In addition, students are strongly encouraged to apply for individual funding through an NRSA fellowship.

Support on this grant is available to students enrolled in the Graduate School of the University of Washington. It is competitive, based on academic record, research proposal, and research potential as assessed by a faculty advisor. Students working on a problem in any aspect of auditory neuroscience may apply for funding through this grant.

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