Student News and Information

Considering applying to graduate school?

Applying to graduate school can be one of the most exciting yet difficult things you will do as you prepare to become a speech-language pathologist or audiologist. We are fortunate in Arizona to have graduate training programs at all 5 of our higher ed institutions. We want to share some insight and information that might help you in your application process. Disclaimer: The information on this page is not considered exhaustive and may not be the most recent information available at each institution. ArSHA does not take responsibility for out-of-date information, and instead encourages the reader to check with each…

Opportunities & Things to Know

The graduate programs in our state offer a variety of learning opportunities. Besides the rigorous core courses that each program provides, there are electives that add to the learning experience. Below are some of these opportunities. Then, find some hints and tricks that will make your transition to Arizona and graduate school a little smoother. Disclaimer: The information on this page is not considered exhaustive and may not be the most recent information available at each institution. ArSHA does not take responsibility for out-of-date information, and instead encourages the reader to check with each individual institution’s website. Also, check with…

Student Spotlight: Undergraduate CSD Majors

We understand that this is not the undergraduate experience you planned. Many of you are wondering what your future holds. We want to say that we are rooting for you! Learn the information and do the work, and you will get through this. A big shout out to all of the undergraduate NSSLHA leaders! Your dedication means all the good that NSSLHA does continues even during the difficult times.

Roles and Responsibilities of ArSHA Student Representatives

The Student Representative shall lead the association in the areas of student recruitment and retention of student members through outreach to speech-language pathology students and audiology students in the state of Arizona. The student representatives will report  directly to the Past President. The duties of the Student Representative shall include the following: 

  1. In consultation with the board and the Association’s management company, monitor and supervise activities associated with student member recruitment and retention. 
  2. Identify and attend various events to promote student memberships. 
  3. Assist with the coordinating and recruitment of student volunteers for Advocacy Day. 
  4. Assist with the coordinating and recruitment of student volunteers for the Annual Conference. 
  5. Participate in the Student/Professional mentoring program led by the Community Relations and Cultural and Linguistic Diversity committees.  
  6. Adding to and updating the Student Center section of the ArSHA webpage in conjunction with the Communications committee. 

ArSHA Student Representatives

Shaye Faherty

Shaye is currently a second-year SLP graduate student at Midwestern University. She earned her BS in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Emerson College in Boston, MA. Following graduation, Shaye hopes to work in an inpatient or outpatient medical setting working with adults with acquired neurological disorders such as aphasia and dysarthria. Her advice to other students seeking a career in Speech Language Pathology is to ask lots of questions. Asking questions is a great way to foster growth, learn about your interests, and make connections!


Laura Peterson

Laura is a second-year speech language pathology graduate student at Arizona State University. Her interests include bilingual speech and language development, early intervention, AAC, and working to better serve multilingual and multicultural populations. When she’s not in class or clinic, you can likely find her in the mountains with a camera around her neck. Upon graduation she hopes to work in an early intervention setting or a children’s hospital. Her advice to other students is to take a deep breath and enjoy school. Everyone around you is betting on your success, and you should be too!


Bailey Kaufmann

I am a fourth year undergraduate student at Arizona State University. I plan on becoming a Speech Pathologist when I am done with school. I enjoy working with children with autism and the deaf community. I am excited to be working with the American Sign Language program at ASU and helping it grow. I am interested in getting my interpreter certification in American Sign Language. I'm planning to have this help communicate with non-verbal patients and gaining an understanding while working with deaf patients. My advice is go after things that you are passionate about and never look back!


Evelina Henderson

I am a fourth year undergraduate student at the University of Arizona, studying Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences with a minor in American Sign Language. I plan to get my MS and become an SLP specializing with deaf/HOH clients as well as people with disabilities affecting communication, and those who use AAC. I am excited for all the opportunities this field has to offer!


Brandon Garivaldo

Brandon is a 2nd year MS and 1st year PhD student in the department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (SLHS) at the University of Arizona. He received his BS in SLHS as well as a BA in Spanish Linguistic at the University of Arizona as well! After his MS graduation, he hopes to be more involved in predominantly bilingual school districts in Tucson where he can serve families from underrepresented, and underserved, communities. However, his main goal is to finish his PhD and become a researcher and professor where he can begin supporting radical change and institutional equity for Black and Brown students and Students of Color. Lastly, Brandon wants all underrepresented students to know that their place in this field is crucial and that they are valued greatly.


Julia Bosco

Julia is a second-year MS student at Northern Arizona University. Her interests include aphasia, dementia, and traumatic brain injury. She strives to serve the geriatric population upon graduation in a medical/rehabilitation setting. She also aspires to earn her Clinical Doctorate in Speech-Language Pathology to better serve her clients and refine her leadership skills. Her advice to CSD students is to get involved early on, and discover your passions within the field. The possibilities are truly endless!


Marquisa Regnier

Marquisa is an SLPA at a K-8 school in Phoenix and a first-year SLP graduate student in Northern Arizona University’s Part-time Summers Track. Marquisa co-founded the Minority Students in CSD club at NAU to create and foster a safe space for her Co-clinicians of Color. She hopes to inspire more culturally and linguistically diverse Students of Color to join the field. Her passion lies in serving adults and the elderly, and she’ll be working toward beginning her career as an SLP in a hospital or skilled nursing facility. Marquisa’s advice to all students is to build a network and get to know people in this wonderful field!


Duc Phan

I am currently a first-year Audiology student at A.T. Still University. My current interests in Audiology include electrophysiology, vestibular diagnosis and treatment, tinnitus, and cochlear implants. I would also like to work with underserved populations once I graduate as volunteering has been a huge part of my life. My advice for future and current Audiology students is to always get involved, build connections, realize that it is ok to go out of your comfort zone and learn as much as possible about what the wonderful field of Audiology has to offer.


Mandy Kentera

Mandy is a fourth year undergraduate student at Northern Arizona University studying Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) with minors in Nutrition as well as Health & Wellness Coaching. She plans on obtaining her MS to become a Speech-Language Pathologist. Her interests include working in the medical setting with clients who have feeding and swallowing disorders, particularly those with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Her advice is to never be afraid to speak up, whether in the classroom or work setting, because all the confidence can make a difference!