About Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences and Zhang Lab

I. General information about speech-language-hearing sciences

What do speech, language and hearing scientists do?

  • Speech, language and hearing scientists are people who study the links between the speaker's mind with the listener's mind and what empowers or disrupts the communicative process. The Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences represents an interdisciplinary effort in understanding the verbal hallmark of human beings from a variety of perspectives: biological, physical, physiological, linguistic, psychological, social, and neurological. Researchers in speech, language and hearing sciences provide the knowledge base for clinicians in the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology, and work closely with professional in related fields such as engineers, physicians, and educators in helping individuals with speech, voice, language and hearing problems. Typical work sites for speech, language and hearing scientists include colleges and universities, research laboratories, government agencies, and industry in communication technology. In general, a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree is required for these jobs. It is common that academic jobs may also require postdoctoral training.
  • For more information, click here for the Fact Sheet overview at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, a professional, scientific, and credentialing association of over 135,000 members and affiliates.

Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at U of Minnesota

Undergraduate Program in SLHS at U of Minnesota


Overview of the undergraduate program in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences.

Graduate Program (MA) in Speech-Language Pathology at U of Minnesota


Overview of the MA program (clinical focus).

Audiology Doctoral Program (AuD) at U of Minnesota

Overview of the AuD program (clinical focus).

PhD Program in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at U of Minnesota

Overview of the PhD program (research focus).

Graduate Program Rankings in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Source: US News & World Report 2008 (for reference only)

Rank Speech-Language Pathology Rank Audiology
1 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA 1 Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
2 Northwestern University Evanston, IL 2 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
2 Purdue University-West Lafayette West Lafayette, IN 3 University of Washington, Seattle, WA
2 University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 4 University of Texas-Dallas, Dallas, TX
5 University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 5 Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
5 University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 6 University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
5 University of Washington, Seattle, WA 6 University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
5 Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 6 University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
9 University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL 9 Northwestern University Evanston, IL
9 University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN 9 Purdue University-West Lafayette West Lafayette, IN
9 University of Texas-Austin, Austin, TX 9 Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
12 Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 9 University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
12 University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 9 University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
12 University of Memphis, Memphis, TN 9 University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN
12 University of Pittsburgh-Main Campus, Pittsburgh, PA 9 University of Texas-Austin, Austin, TX
12 University of Texas-Dallas, Dallas, TX 16 University at Buffalo-SUNY, Buffalo, NY
17 University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE 16 University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
18 Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 18 Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
18 Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 19 Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
18 Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 19 Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI
18 Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL 19 Gallaudet University, Washington, DC
18 University of Maryland-College Park, College Park, MD 19 James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
18 University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 19 Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
24 MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston, MA 24 University of Colorado-Boulder, Boulder, CO
25 Boston University, Boston, MA 24 University of Maryland-College Park, College Park, MD
Click here for complete ranking in speech-language pathology. Click here for complete ranking in audiology.

Job outlook for Speech-Language Pathology

Source: United States Department of Labor, 2008~2009

  • About half worked in educational services; most others were employed by health care and social assistance facilities.
  • A master’s degree in speech-language pathology is the standard credential required for licensing in most States.
  • Excellent job opportunities are expected.

"The combination of growth in the occupation and an expected increase in retirements over the coming years should create excellent job opportunities for speech-language pathologists. Opportunities should be particularly favorable for those with the ability to speak a second language, such as Spanish. Job prospects also are expected to be especially favorable for those who are willing to relocate, particularly to areas experiencing difficulty in attracting and hiring speech-language pathologists."

For more information about jobs in speech-language pathology, please click here.

Job outlook for Audiology

Source: United States Department of Labor, 2008~2009

  • More than half worked in health care facilities; many others were employed by educational services.
  • A master’s degree in audiology (hearing) is the standard level of education required; however, a doctoral degree is becoming more common for new entrants.
  • Few openings are expected because of the small size of the occupation.
  • Job prospects will be favorable for those possessing the doctoral (Au.D.) degree.

"Job prospects will be favorable for those possessing the Au.D. degree. Only a few job openings for audiologists will arise from the need to replace those who leave the occupation, because the occupation is relatively small and workers tend to stay in this occupation until they retire."

For more information about jobs in audiology, please click here.

II. Fact sheets from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

Aphasia

  • What is aphasia?
  • How does aphasia affect speech communication?
  • How is aphasia diagnosed and treated?

Aphasia: Please click here for more information.

Autism

  • What is autism?
  • How does autism affect speech communication?
  • How is autism diagnosed and treated?

Autism: Please click here for more information.

Stuttering

  • What is stuttering?
  • How is stuttering treated?

Stuttering: Please click here for more information.

Cochlear implant

  • What is cochlear implant?
  • How does it work?
  • What does the future hold for cochlear implants?

Cochlear implant: Please click here for more information.

III. Zhang Lab in SLHS

Click here for an introduction to brain imaging methods used in Zhang Lab.

Research opportunities in Zhang Lab

  • Undergraduate Research Funding: "The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) is your chance to work with a Faculty Mentor on a Creative Activity or Research project with financial support from the University of Minnesota. UROP students receive stipends of up to $1400 and expenses of up to $300." Click here for more information
  • CLA Graduate Research Funding: "The CLA Graduate Research Partnership Program (GRPP) encourages graduate students enrolled in graduate programs housed within the college to partner with a College of Liberal Arts (CLA) faculty project advisor on projects of shared interest. The program provides GRPP Fellows with a summer research stipend of $4000 for summer 2009. Please contact your department's Director of Graduate Studies to learn the details of your program's CLA GRPP." Click here for more information
  • Research assistant & volunteer helper positions: Currently, we do not have funds for postdoctoral positions. Please contact ude.nmu|balgnahz#ude.nmu|balgnahz for part-time research positions.

Fellowships, Scholarships and TA positions in SLHS Department

The University and the department offer fellowship and scholarship awards to the outstanding applicants at the graduate level. Teaching assistant positions are generally reserved for doctoral students in the department and assigned through the department. Please contact the department administrators for TA jobs.

Research funding

Internal support includes lab setup fund, Grant-in-Aid and CLA Brain Imaging Research Project Award. External funding from government agencies in the US, China, Japan and Canada are awarded to the PI's collaborators. The PI actively seeks funding from NSF, NIH and other sources to support the research activities in the lab. Updated information will be provided for major grant applications.

Courses offered

Click here for a list of courses taught by Yang Zhang at University of Minnesota.

Office hours

Office hours are held in Room 46 or 49 Shevlin Hall at 11:10~12:00 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for students and advisees.

For individual appointments, please write to Dr. Yang Zhang in speech-language-hearing sciences at ude.nmu|074gnahz#ude.nmu|074gnahz

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