Undergraduate Associate Awards

Undergraduate Associate Awards

The Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) Undergraduate Committee is excited to announce a new awards program designed to recognize the contributions of our Undergraduate Associate members to the national SAA and their communities. There are four award categories eligible for application: Undergraduate Advocate Award, Undergraduate Humanitarian Award, Undergraduate Research Award and Outstanding Undergraduate Award. A PDF of the Undergraduate Associate Awards Packet is available. 


How to Apply

  1. Complete the following application forms(s) for any and all the awards being applied for. In order to be eligible for the Outstanding Undergraduate Award, forms for the the Undergraduate Advocate Award, the Undergraduate Humanitarian Award, and the Undergraduate Research Award must be filled out, in addition to the essay.
  2. Attach any accompanying documentation (if applicable) to support your application.
  3. Email completed application(s) to associateawards.saa@gmail.com by February 18, 2019 with the following information: Name, Academy ID, University, and Expected Graduation Date. Confirmation emails will be sent upon receipt of completed applications.
  4. Notification of the awards will be made in March 2019.


Undergraduate Advocate Award

The Undergraduate Advocate Award will be awarded to an SAA Undergraduate Associate that shows strength in the Advocacy and Education events in their chapter, as a part of Chapter Challenges. This can include, but is not limited to:

  • Sending letters to legislators advocating for the profession of audiology.
  • Tabling on campus about noise exposure.
  • Handing out earplugs at high-noise level events.
  • Presenting to groups or members in the community about safe sound levels.

Participation must be verified by a member of the applicant's SAA Chapter’s Board or the person in charge of the event. Download the Activity Form to keep track of events and submit it with any additional supporting documentation along with the application.
 

Undergraduate Humanitarian Award

The Undergraduate Humanitarian Award will be awarded to an SAA Undergraduate Associate that demonstrates exemplary participation in SAA Chapter or other club events at their university campus, thus showing strength in the Humanitarian and Fundraising portions of Chapter Challenges. This can include, but is not limited to:

  • Volunteering at SAA Chapter events, such as Walk4Hearing, an SAA 5K, or Special Olympics Hearing Screenings.
  • Participation in other volunteering events, such as Alternative Spring Break. Events relating to the profession of audiology will be more heavily weighted.
  • Observation hours with a licensed audiologist are also included for recognition of this award, although not mandatory.
  • Raising money for philanthropic causes. Money raised for causes related to communication sciences and disorders and/or audiology will be more heavily weighted.

All participation must be verified by a member of the applicant's SAA Chapter’s Board, the audiologist he/she shadowed, or the person in charge of the volunteer event.

Download the Activity Form and Observation Hours Form to keep track of events and submit it with any additional supporting documentation along with the application.


Undergraduate Research Award

The Undergraduate Research Award will be awarded to an SAA Undergraduate Associate who demonstrates commitment to research in the field of audiology and related fields. This may include, but is not limited to:

  • Working or volunteering as a research assistant.
  • Presenting research posters at conferences or university research fairs.
  • Contributing to research published in magazines or peer-reviewed journals.
  • Note that research is audiology will be heavily weighted.

Participation must be verified by the primary investigator of the research project(s) or the participant's academic advisor. Download the Activity Form to keep track of projects and submit it with any additional supporting documentation along with the application.
 

Outstanding Undergraduate Award

The Outstanding Undergraduate Award will be awarded to an SAA Undergraduate Associate that shows strength in all areas of the Chapter Challenges (Humanitarian, Fundraising, Advocacy and Education). To be eligible for this award, he/she must complete the Activity Forms for the Advocate Award, the Humanitarian Award, and the Research Award as well as write a short essay as to why he/she should be recognized as an outstanding Undergraduate Associate in the SAA.

For this award, the applicant must write a short essay (500 words) explaining why he/she is interested in the profession of audiology and what activities he/she has completed since deciding to pursue this career path. The applicant must also give examples of their participation in each of the four Chapter Challenge categories (Advocacy, Education, Humanitarian, Fundraising), as well as any other applicable audiology experience.  This essay must be saved as a separate PDF and submitted with the completed documentation for the Undergraduate Advocate Award, Undergraduate Humanitarian Award, and Undergraduate Research Award.

Forms