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Dr. Ron Gillam is searching for a doctoral student interested in joining his current study on behavioral and neurophysiological pathways of information processing in children with specific language impairment (SLI). His research team is exploring the use of Near Infrared Spectroscopy, technology that detects changes in cortical hemoglobin concentration, with the purpose of determining any differences in brain area recruitment in children that have SLI versus those that do not. Dr. Gillam’s research is funded by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.

As part of the Presidential Doctoral Research Fellows program at Utah State University, Dr. Gillam will award a fellowship to a doctoral student in either Disability Disciplines or a new Neuroscience doctoral track within the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services. The fellowship will begin in August of 2015.

A Presidential Doctoral Research Fellowship features:

  • $20,000 per year (each year for four years)
  • Full tuition award and fee remission (each year for four years)
  • Health insurance
  • Support to attend scholarly conferences
  • Reserved spot at intensive grant-writing workshop
  • Enrollment in Research Scholars certification program
  • Spot in special training/presentation session at Graduate Research Symposium
  • One-on-one support from Associate Vice President for graduate and undergraduate research

Anyone who would like to apply for this fellowship should:

  • Have an interest in speech information processing
  • Have completed a Master's degree in or related to Speech-Language Pathology, or be in the final stages of obtaining a Master's degree
  • Have scored above the 70th percentile on the GRE
  • Have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA
  • Contact Dr. Gillam at