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Harvard graduate program in Speech and Hearing Science and Biotechnology

Dear Auditory list, 

I would be grateful if you could please bring the Harvard graduate program in Speech and Hearing to the attention of promising undergraduate, Masters, AuD, or MD students.

Thank you

The Harvard Program in Speech and Hearing Science and Biotechnology (SHBT) was founded in 1992 with the goal of providing multidisciplinary research training in basic, clinical and applied approaches to the study and treatment of all aspects of human communication and its disorders. 

Training is intended to enhance the leadership potential of Speech and Hearing researchers within both academia and industry. The basic premise is that today’s speech and hearing scientists must be fluent in a variety of physical, biological, clinical and cognitive science disciplines to achieve the multidisciplinary advances that drive innovation. The program draws upon the combined expertise of the faculties of Boston area institutions, including the Harvard Medical School and its teaching hospitals, MIT and Boston University.

To date, over 160 students have entered the pre-doctoral training program, including some with independent support. These trainees have diverse undergraduate backgrounds in the physical, engineering, biological or cognitive sciences, including some with traditional speech and hearing backgrounds. Training combines coursework and research for the first 2-3 years after which it concentrates on dissertation research, with the Ph.D. degree expected after 5 years.

Virtually all of the 110 graduates are pursuing careers in health related research, and over half have primary activities in the speech and hearing sciences. Many have faculty positions in basic science, engineering, and clinical departments. Some are combining research careers with clinical practice in otology, audiology or speech-language pathology. Some are taking leadership roles in industries related to speech and hearing or in the broader biotechnology field where they are developing assistive devices and treatments for communication disorders.

Applications are due by December 1, 2016 for the fall 2017 semester. Please visit the web site https://www.hms.harvard.edu/dms/shbt/ for additional details. The SHBT program is funded in part by a training grant from the NIDCD of NIH. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

The SHBT program is administered by the Division of Medical Sciences at the Harvard Medical School and leads to a PhD degree awarded by the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Sunil Puria, PhD
Amelia Peabody Scientist
Director of Admissions
Harvard Medical School

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