A Survey of Communication Sciences and Disorders Undergraduate Students' Research Experience and Interest in A Master's Thesis and PhD Degree Despite the shortage of PhDs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD), limited research has focused on undergraduate student research in the field and interest in completing a master's thesis or PhD. CSD undergraduate students were surveyed to determine if they are participating in known opportunities for research and if undergraduate ... Article
Article  |   March 12, 2018
A Survey of Communication Sciences and Disorders Undergraduate Students' Research Experience and Interest in A Master's Thesis and PhD Degree
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Laura B. Willis
    Department of Communication Disorders, Auburn University AL
  • Kara C. Schall
    Department of Communication Disorders, Auburn University AL
  • Lindsey Piazza
    Department of Communication Disorders, Auburn University AL
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  • Financial: Laura B. Willis has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Kara C. Schall has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Lindsey Piazza has no relevant financial interests to disclose.
    Financial: Laura B. Willis has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Kara C. Schall has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Lindsey Piazza has no relevant financial interests to disclose.×
  • Nonfinancial: Laura B. Willis has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Kara C. Schall has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Lindsey Piazza has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.
    Nonfinancial: Laura B. Willis has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Kara C. Schall has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Lindsey Piazza has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.×
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Research Issues, Methods & Evidence-Based Practice / Professional Issues & Training / Part 1
Article   |   March 12, 2018
A Survey of Communication Sciences and Disorders Undergraduate Students' Research Experience and Interest in A Master's Thesis and PhD Degree
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, March 2018, Vol. 3, 11-26. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG10.11
History: Received June 20, 2017 , Revised October 4, 2017 , Accepted January 26, 2018
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, March 2018, Vol. 3, 11-26. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG10.11
History: Received June 20, 2017; Revised October 4, 2017; Accepted January 26, 2018

Despite the shortage of PhDs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD), limited research has focused on undergraduate student research in the field and interest in completing a master's thesis or PhD. CSD undergraduate students were surveyed to determine if they are participating in known opportunities for research and if undergraduate research experience is related to interest in pursuing a master's thesis or PhD. Invitations to complete the electronic survey were dispersed to undergraduate program directors of approximately 200 Council for Academic Accreditation–accredited CSD programs. Program directors were asked to send the survey to eligible undergraduate students, from which 309 chose to participate, and 275 completed the survey in full. Results indicated that although most students were aware of research opportunities, only 25% of respondents engaged in research. Approximately half of the respondents were interested in pursuing a master's thesis and over 1/3 in a PhD. The odds of having an interest in completing a master's thesis or a PhD were 37% higher and 51% higher, respectively, for students who engaged in undergraduate research. However, the odds ratios were not statistically significant (p > .05). The results suggested that undergraduate research experience may influence interest in pursuing a master's thesis or PhD.

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