The integration of research into the curriculum is a distinctive feature of the program. All students receive research training through coursework and the completion of the Capstone Project in the third year. Interested students are also encouraged to pursue their individual research interests through a variety of elective, interdisciplinary research opportunities, including an elective summer research experience.

Summer Research Training Program

The Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences (PACS) at Washington University offers AuD students enrolled in its program a 2-month summer research training program, which offers a full-time research experience in basic, applied, and/or clinical sciences related to hearing and balance.  Each AuD student participating will be involved in a specific research project, working with one of approximately 26 investigators. The program provides participating AuD students with a monthly stipend during the program.

TL1 predoctoral programs

The TL1 Predoctoral Program at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis provides interdisciplinary research traineeship opportunities for AuD students through several programs, which include a two-month summer option and an intensive 12-month option. All programs provide full tuition benefits, plus a generous stipend. Visit the Clinical Research Training Center website for more information.

Research Specialization

The Research Specialization offers AuD students the opportunity to gain additional knowledge and experience in research. In the summer after the first or second year of study, students will complete the Summer Research Training Program, followed by additional coursework in research methods/statistics, an expanded Capstone Project experience, and participation in Otolaryngology Brown Bag seminars. Students who complete the Research Specialization will have this formally noted on the AuD transcript.

AuD/PhD Program

For information on the AuD/PhD program, please visit our PhD page here.

The integration and importance of research stressed throughout the Au.D. curriculum is distinctive to PACS. In addition, the optional research training programs available to Au.D. students allow for the opportunity to explore individual interests, both outside of the classroom and clinic.

Kaitlyn Toner, AuD
associate clinical territory manager, Cochlear