NBASLH Scholarships

NBASLH Student Research Award

The National Black Association for Speech‐Language and Hearing (NBASLH) invites students to submit a research paper to its scholarship competition. The winner will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship during NBASLH’s Annual Convention on April 12 - 14, 2018, in Washington, DC.  

This award is sponsored by:  

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  • Student who is enrolled full‐time in an ASHA‐accredited undergraduate, master’s or doctorate program in speech‐language pathology, audiology or speech‐language‐hearing sciences
  • The student must be enrolled at the time of the award
  • Member of NBASLH
  • Student research should focus on culturally and linguistically diverse populations.


The research paper must address a topic of scientific or scholarly merit that speaks to issues relevant to communication sciences and disorders in culturally and linguistically diverse populations. The paper may focus on any of the following:

  • An empirical investigation that requires data gathering and analysis
  • An issue paper that aims to redefine, evaluate or synthesize existing knowledge in ways that offer a new conceptual framework or approach for conducting research or engaging in clinical practice
  • A description of a clinical case study which has implications for future research and/or clinical practice

Students who submit a paper in response to NBASLH’s Call for Papers may use the same paper to participate in this scholarship competition. However, the review process and criteria do not necessarily overlap.


The manuscript’s style and format should follow the guidelines specified in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th ed.). The student is encouraged to consult with a faculty mentor on the paper. If the student cannot locate a mentor at his/her school, then NBASLH will locate a mentor. Please contact the Chair of the Scholarship Committee.

Use the guideline below for submitting the paper.

  • Submit only one manuscript during the competition year.
  • Type and double space the manuscript on 8 1/2 x 11-inch paper with one‐inch margins on all sides
  • Make sure the manuscript includes the following information:
  • Cover sheet with the title of the paper, student’s full name, address, telephone number, email address, university affiliation and faculty mentor’s name and address
  • 75‐word abstract of the paper with title but WITHOUT author identification
  • 2,000‐word manuscript (i.e., approximately eight double‐spaced pages, exclusive of references and supporting figures and tables), which describes the content of the paper. (An abbreviated title of the paper should appear as a running header at the top of each page WITHOUT author’s name.)
  • Data displayed in figure or table form where appropriate. (Note that tables and figures should be self‐explanatory so that text is not needed for clarity.)
  • References


Papers will be evaluated on the following aspects:

  • Completeness (inclusion of a background statement with literature review, rationale for paper, identification of the issue, research question or hypothesis, description of the methods used to collect and analyze data, results and discussion of findings).
  • Appropriateness (soundness of method, research design, arguments)
  • Manuscript quality (organizational structure, clarity of writing and data representation)
  • Significance (contribution of research to existing knowledge in the field)

If awarded, the recipient will be asked to submit a photograph.