Saint Louis University



Graduate Research is an exciting and integral part of the educational experience for both undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Students are introduced to relevant and current research through their coursework and clinic experiences. The faculty in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders are involved in a wide array of research projects across the life span. Students may have the opportunity to work with the faculty and participate and assist in posters and presentations of faculty research at university, local, state, national and international conferences.

Research options:
                   • Requires 6 hours thesis research
                   • Requires direction of faculty member
                   • Ordinarily extends student's program by one term
                   • Typically submitted for presentation at professional conference
           Independent study in specific topic of interest
                    • 1-2 hours graduate credit
                    • Requires direction of faculty member
           Assisting faculty through graduate assistantship opportunity

Undergraduate students in CSD are encouraged to participate in research activities, either faculty-guided independent research or as a research assistant.  Such activities provide learning experiences outside the classroom and serve to focus interest in the discipline.  In addition to enriching the undergraduate curriculum, engaging in research is a valuable way to prepare for graduate studies. The goal of undergraduate research in CSD is for the student to increase: 


  • A focused knowledge base
  • Self-confidence
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Effective communication skills (including presentation, research and technological skills as defined by the nature of the project) 



Capstone Experience for seniors ties together the key learning objective identified by the department that are consistent with the five dimensions as described in the mission of the University.