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 ArSHA does not take responsibility for out-of-date information, and instead encourages the reader to check with each…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 ArSHA does not take responsibility for out-of-date information, and instead encourages the reader to check with each individual institution’s website.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

Marquisa Regnier

Marquisa is an SLPA at a K-8 school in Phoenix and a second-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!


Allison Staib

Allison is a third year undergraduate student at the University of Arizona, studying Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences with a minor in Psychology. She plans to get her MS and become a SLP in school districts. Her advice to other students in SLHS is to get involved. Getting involved is a great way to have fun, make connections with students and faculty, and gain knowledge in the field!


Erika Harfmann

I’m Erika Harfmann. I am a second year masters student studying speech language pathology at the University of Arizona. My dream is to become a specialized SLP for people with cleft and craniofacial anomalies. My advice to other students is to make time for the things you love! Graduate school is very rewarding but also very rigorous so it’s important to take care of yourself and make time for things you enjoy!


Trisha Stanley

Tricia is a second year graduate student, studying Audiology at A.T. Still University. She hopes to become a pediatric audiologist once she graduates. Her advice to future students is to make sure you know what your "non-negotiables" are, meaning things you need to have in your schedule in order to be your best, and plan studying so that there is time for these things too!


Erin Frain

Erin Frain is a first-year graduate student at Midwestern University and a graduate of Purdue University. After earning their license, Erin wants to work in as many settings as possible throughout their career but hopes to start out in acute or subacute settings. Their advice to other students is to find balance as soon as they can and to not compare themselves to their classmates, instead choosing to learn from the amazing people around them!


Abbie White

I am a second year graduate student, studying Audiology at the University of Arizona. I am originally from St. Louis, Missouri! I would like to work across the lifespan with an emphasis on providing hearing and balance care to underrepresented communities. My advice to future students is a quote I look at daily, "the fears we don't face become our limits." -Robin Sharma. Don't let daunting things stop you from expanding your horizons!


Rebecca Rodriguez-Wilson

Rebecca is an SLPA providing services to the Queen Creek and San Tan Valley area, and a first year SLP student at A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona. As an Autistic person herself, one of Rebecca’s passions is developing and advocating for neurodiversity rights and acceptance. In addition, she is dedicated to reducing the number of misdiagnosed bilingual students in her work as a future SLP. Rebecca’s advice to all students is to always take the time to truly self-reflect; whether that be daily, weekly or monthly, taking a moment to remember and reconnect to why you are in the field, and what impact you want to make in the world makes the hard work all the more fulfilling.


Samantha Thomas

Samantha is a fourth year undergraduate student at Northern Arizona University studying Communication Sciences and Disorders with minors in Psychology and Biology, as well as a certificate to be a Speech Language Pathology assistant. She is also the president of NAU's chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association. Samantha plans to earn her Master's and become an SLP in a hospital setting. Her advice to students is to get involved early in your undergraduate career because you can learn a lot from your professors, clubs, and peers!


Julia Tomasulo

Julia is a first-year SLP graduate student in Northern Arizona University’s Full Time Track. She has an undergraduate degree in Linguistics with an emphasis in Speech-Language Sciences & Disorders. She is interested in speech and language development in multilingual children as well as pediatric feeding and swallowing. Her advice to other students is that everything works out and to never give up! It is important to trust the process of earning a foundational education in order to have a meaningful impact on this growing field!