Special Opportunities

The period from 12:00 to 1:00 on Fridays during the academic year is scheduled for professional seminars (typically called "Proseminar"). An announcement of the nature of the Proseminar is posted within the building and on the CSD website prior to the meeting. Proseminars -- located in 308 SHC -- provide an opportunity for students, faculty, and guest speakers to present research projects and other information of general interest (e.g., magnetic resonance imaging; revisions of ASHA's certification requirements). All faculty and doctoral students are expected to present at Proseminar at least once per year. Master's students are encouraged to present--especially those who doing theses. Undergraduate honors students present their projects near the end of the spring semester. Attendance at Proseminar by undergraduates is strongly encouraged.

Undergraduate Research Practicum
This is a formal course registration (CSD:1096) available to any student. It involves assisting faculty with their research and has at least two purposes. From the student's point of view it provides a unique opportunity to learn about research in our discipline. From the faculty member's point of view, it provides welcome assistance in his/her research. Please note that this is not intended to give students the opportunity to pursue independent study. If this is your goal, then registration in CSD:4186 Problems is more appropriate.

Honors Programs
Honors in the Major:
The departmental honors program provides students the opportunity to conduct research in the field of communication sciences and disorders, to gain experience presenting research ideas in public settings, and to work closely with a faculty mentor. In order to be eligible, students must have a cumulative and major g.p.a. of at least 3.60 at the beginning of the fall semester of their junior year. All eligible students will be invited to apply for the program during the fall semester of their junior year. Interested students should complete and return the application. A limited number of spots are available, based on the availability of mentors. Applications will be reviewed, and a select number of students will be admitted to the program, based on g.p.a. After entering the departmental honors program, students enroll in CSD:3097 Honors Seminar in the spring semester of their junior year. The seminar provides an introduction to research philosophies, research design and implementation, and a chance for each student to critically evaluate existing research literature. In addition, the seminar provides an introduction to the department’s research facilities and potential thesis advisors. By the beginning of the fall semester of their senior year, students will have selected project areas and thesis advisors. During their senior year in the fall and spring semesters, honors students register for CSD:4098 Honors Thesis and work on their projects and theses with their mentors. During the spring semester of their senior year, honors students present their projects at a university-wide forum (such as the UI Spring Undergraduate Research Festival) and at a departmental event. Students must maintain a cumulative and major g.p.a. of at least 3.60 in order to graduate with honors in the major. As final recognition of the completion of the departmental honors program, the diplomas of honors students bear a special honors notation. Students interested in learning more about this program should contact their academic advisor and/or the departmental honor’s advisor.

University of Iowa Honors Program: In addition to honors in the major, students have opportunities for honors study and activities through membership in the University of Iowa Honors Program. Visit Honors at Iowa to learn about the University's honors program. Membership in the UI Honors Program is not required to earn honors in the speech and hearing science major.

Observation Hours
Students must complete 25 hours of clinical observation before they can begin to work with clients themselves at the graduate level. So that you will be eligible to begin clinical practicum when you enter your graduate program, you must have documentation that this requirement has been met during your undergraduate program. You will find that some of these hours can be obtained as a part of assignments for some undergraduate classes. Another option is to do independent observations; most students complete all or a portion of their observations in this way.