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PhD Student Position in Cognition & Aging

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

The Aging Gracefully Lab at the University of South Carolina under the direction of Dr. Jean Neils-Strunjas is inviting a highly motivated student with interest in research on cognition and aging to apply for our PhD program.

The PhD degree prepares professionals for academic careers with emphasis on research and the scholarly study of the science of human speech production system and its disorders. Doctoral students will complete their research training under direct mentorship, regularly participate in laboratory activities and pursue a program of scholarly research leading to publication in scientific journals.

Academic coursework consists of 12 credit hours of statistics and experimental design, 9 hours in speech and hearing science, and 24 hours in a concentration area, followed by written and oral comprehensive examinations. The degree culminates in the successful defense of a dissertation (12 credit hours).

Students may enter the PhD program following the bachelor or master degree. Applications are invited from students with majors in a variety of disciplines, including (but not limited to): neuroscience, engineering, linguistics, psychology, physics, physiology, audiology, and speech-language pathology. Research assistantships are available for qualified applicants.

Experience in research on human subjects, statistical analysis, and research publication or other examples of excellent written communication are preferred.


For more information about our program, please visit our websites:

PhD Degree Application

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Interested candidates can send their CV to:
Dr. Jean Neils-Strunjas
Department Chair
Communication Sciences and Disorders
University of South Carolina