Undergraduate Research

Overall purpose:

This course (CDIS 4760) is designed to provide undergraduate students with an introduction to research in Communication Sciences and  Disorders (CDIS), and an opportunity to participate in research within CDIS. As part of this course, students will be paired up with a faculty research mentor. Research projects will be completed under the guidance of these faculty mentors.

Specific Goals:
  1. Participate in meaningful research projects within CDIS.
  2. Encourage active learning by students.
  3. Reinforce classroom concepts in a non-classroom learning setting.
  4. Increase interaction between students and CDIS faculty.
  5. Learn about careers in research and university teaching.
  6. Learn about the importance of research in clinical practice.
  7. Have fun learning about topics related to research in CDIS.

The CDIS Undergraduate Research Group was started by Alexander Goberman in Spring 2001. At that time the group was comprised of 6 undergraduate students working on one project with Alexander Goberman. Since that time, a total of over 100 students have participated in undergraduate research, with many students continuing on projects for multiple semesters.

During its first 3 semesters, the group was entirely voluntary. During Fall 2002, a 1-credit class was created to offer students official credit for participating in the group. During that semester, 19 students enrolled in the class and participated in projects directed by 7 different faculty members. Starting in Fall 2004, the CDIS undergraduate research group has an official class number (CDIS 4760 - Introduction to Research in Speech and Hearing). This is a 2-credit class that can be taken as an elective.

Students involved in this research program have been successful in publishing research in peer-reviewed journals, along with presenting research at university, state, and national conventions.


Typical Class Content:
  1. Projects with faculty mentors: Project assignments are based on student preference, previous research experience, and the needs of the faculty (i.e., numbers of students needed, schedule compatibility). Each project requires at least 1 hour per week of commitment. An effort will be made to ensure that all students have a meaningful role in their research projects, and that students are aware of how their work fits into the project as a whole.
  2. Article Discussions: A number of articles will be discussed during the semester. Student research groups may have the responsibility of determining which article will be read, and leading the discussion on the article. All students are expected to be prepared to discuss articles.
  3. Student Presentations: Toward the end of the semester, class time will be devoted to student presentations of research progress and discussion of projects.
  4. Lectures / Labs: There will be lectures and labs pertaining to introductory-level research methods throughout the semester.
Possible Research Topics:

Research topics will be determined at the beginning of each semester. Students are encouraged to look at the CDIS current research page for a listing of projects underway within the department. Also, students can see more specific information on faculty web pages.

Funding Sources:

Bowling Green State University has a Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship that offers information on research opportunities on campus, as well as a number of funding opportunities for undergraduate students involved in research.

The College of Health and Human Services may also have funding available through the Pillars Grant Program to help students completing and presenting research.

Questions? Comments? Contact Alexander Goberman