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 leader in our field nationally and internationally. We work very hard to carefully manage our resources without compromising the highest standards for teaching, practice, and research. It is your thoughtful and generous donations that permit us to continue to provide Purdue students the opportunity to work alongside our world-renowned faculty receiving hands-on experience with the best clinics, research laboratories, and facilities.  You play a vital role helping our students become the best educated and prepared clinicians, researchers, and educators, highly sought after wherever they go. Gifts like yours make the difference — you provide our margin of excellence.

Please consider supporting one or more of our funding priorities:

  • Special initiatives: Gifts in support of special initiatives expand our mission in more ways than we can list. These gifts 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 provide access to state of the art equipment in laboratories? They are critical to special events that define our community of students and scholars. Broadly speaking, these gifts sustain and create an environment of world-class excellence.
  • Audiology Clinic: The good news is that clinical treatment of hearing loss and balance disorders is advancing with every new class of students. We are persistently challenged to keep pace to ensure that Purdue audiologists are the best in their field. Support for the Audiology Clinic helps us stay on top with equipment necessary for advanced diagnostics and treatment, and increases our ability to increase the range of patients who provide broader and richer experiences for our students.
  • Speech-Language Clinic: The breadth of practice for speech-language pathologists has expanded greatly. Some examples include intensive treatments for speech and voice disorders, and treatment of aphasia, swallowing problems, and Parkinson’s disease. Every year, more of our students aspire to gain expertise with a wider array of skills to assist a broader range of clients. Support for the Speech-Language Clinic helps us to meet these ever expanding needs.
  • Pediatric Programs: Our students learn how to improve the lives of children beginning with infant hearing diagnostics, to speech and language assessment and treatment in birth to three and preschool programs. At school age, our students work with young kids and tweens by day and after school in groups that facilitate language and social skills. These services are vital to children and to our students’ preparation, yet they often fall between the cracks of school programs and insurance coverage. Your support can change the lives of the children with whom we work, and this benefit is multiplied many times over as our students develop their expertise to serve more children throughout their careers.  
  • Student Success: Most every decision we make is guided by how we can fully support our students to become their best selves. Our top-ranked 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 among the ways through which we can support students based upon need and excellence.

If you are interested in learning how major investments can support our missions of undergraduate education, professional clinical education, and research that can change the lives of millions of people, please contact Department Head Professor Preeti Sivasankar or Brandt Patz in our Development Office.

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