Aimee Miller, a Doctor of Audiology student in the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions department of speech, language, and hearing sciences, has been selected to participate in the T35 Short Term Au.D. Research Training Program this summer.
The T35 traineeship is a three-month, research-intensive experience for Au.D. students conducted at one of three sites: Boys Town National Research Hospital, the National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research and Vanderbilt University. Sponsored by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders of the National Institutes of Health, the program is designed to provide Au.D. students with direct laboratory experience necessary to further their own research experience and training.
Miller is one of six students selected to complete a traineeship at Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha. She will work on a research project under the guidance of mentor Angela AuBuchon, Ph.D., director of the Working Memory and Language Lab. In addition, Miller will attend guest lectures by top scientists, learn from other Boys Town National Research Hospital researchers, participate in journal groups on a range of topics in audiology, and take a class on responsible conduct in research. She will also receive instruction on how to prepare a manuscript and how to pursue careers in research audiology.
“We are delighted that Aimee was selected and will be training at such as renowned institution,” said Hollea Ann McClellan Ryan, Ph.D., Au.D., audiology program director and a clinical associate professor in the PHHP department of speech, language, and hearing sciences. “Aimee is a very dedicated and active student. She is the social chair for the UF Student Academy for Audiology, works in Dr. Shinichi Someya’s laboratory and serves as a Dean’s Ambassador for PHHP, among other accomplishments. She does all this while working part-time as a school counselor and maintaining a cheerful and energetic disposition. Aimee will represent the audiology program and PHHP very well during her traineeship at Boys Town.”
After completing the T35, each student presents a poster on their research at the American Auditory Society Conference the following March in Scottsdale. Many students co-author a manuscript with their mentor to be submitted to a scientific journal about the T35 project.
“I’m looking forward to engaging in the T35 experience,” Miller said. “I will get to immerse myself in research and the field of audiology while collaborating with an interdisciplinary team. Since I want to work at a university following graduation, research will be a vital aspect of my role, making the T35 an excellent opportunity. Plus, it will be exciting to explore a new city. I’ve never been to Omaha!”