Student Research Award

During the fall semester of each year NHCA will select up to two Students or recent graduates (e.g. AuD, PhD, MS, MD) in fields related to hearing loss prevention/hearing conservation at an accredited university for research awards. For a list of past recipients click here.  The awards are for completed research (such as dissertations, theses, and special projects) in the related fields. Recipients are expected to present their work at the upcoming or one of the future annual conventions of the NHCA. The recipient(s) will receive a cash award of $500 and up to $2,000 for travel and registration expenses following their presentation at one of the annual conferences of the NHCA. Receipts must be submitted for reimbursement of reasonable travel and registration expenses which are limited to $2,000. The receipts should show that the expenses are reasonable and not exorbitant (e.g., Coach fare versus first class fare).

Required Submission Materials Include:

  • Two recommendation forms (Click here to download the recommendation form - word doc)
  • Official transcript of graduate studies
  • The Applicant should provide an abstract of his/her completed thesis, dissertation or other research project using up to 500 words, including how it will benefit society with respect to hearing loss prevention/hearing conservation. (An addendum may be used). Students are highly encouraged to use the following subtitles in preparing abstracts since these criteria, along with overall clarity, will be used in judging abstracts:
    • Rationale/Goal: Provide a strong and clear rationale for the research supported by the literature or community needs. 
    • Methods: The methodology and statistical analyses should be clearly described. 
    • Results/Conclusions: Clearly specify the results based on statistical analyses and add related conclusions. 
    • Importance of Work: Submissions which address an important issue or problem will be given special consideration. The potential impact of the research on clinical practice, education of students, the profession or, future research will be considered.
    • Innovation (How innovative is this project?): Projects which developed or employed novel concepts, approaches, methodologies, tools or technologies will be given special consideration.


If you have any questions regarding this application, please contact:

James Jerome, President, NHCA Scholarship Foundation
Phone: (317) 841-9829
Email: [email protected]