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You are our Margin of Excellence

Gifts from our alumni and friends are critical to maintaining Purdue's Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences as a top-ranked communicative sciences and disorders program. Your thoughtful and generous donations allow us to continue to provide our students the opportunity to work alongside our faculty receiving hands-on experience with the best clinics, research laboratories, and equipment.  We work very hard to carefully manage our resources without compromising the highest standards for teaching, practice, and research. You play an essential role in helping our students become the best educated and trained clinicians, researchers, and educators, highly sought after wherever they go. Gifts like yours make the difference — they provide our margin of excellence.

Please consider supporting one or more of our funding priorities:

  • Unrestricted Gifts: Unspecified gifts support our mission in more ways than we can list. They support special projects for students who are inspired to go above and beyond their standard activities. They are used to support invited guests and conferences that expand our students' experience well beyond their Purdue faculty. They are critical to special events that define our community of students and scholars. Broadly speaking, unrestricted gifts sustain and create an environment of world-class excellence.
  • Faculty Support: Our most valuable assets are people. Support for named professorships, for visiting professors, and in support of faculty research assure Purdue's place as an elite program in which students benefit from the best faculty and cutting-edge research in our field.
  • Student Support: The best programs attract the best students, but not all of the best students have the resources to join us. Scholarships, research stipends, summer research internships, and study abroad opportunities are all ways through which we can support students based upon need and upon excellence.
  • Lyles-Porter Preschool Playground: The Playground at Lyles-Porter Hall will provide an ideal environment for investigating and treating children's communication, sensory, and motor skills in ways not possible within therapy rooms and classrooms. All components of our mission of supporting children with communication difficulties and their families converge in an environment that encourages engagement in imaginative, interactive, and sensory-motor play. These components: better understanding of disorders; better treatments; and better training of student clinicians all converge in an environment that encourages children to engage in imaginative, interactive, and sensory-motor play.