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 ArSHA does not take responsibility for out-of-date information, and instead encourages the reader to check with each…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 ArSHA does not take responsibility for out-of-date information, and instead encourages the reader to check with each individual institution’s website.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


Shannon Kim

Shannon is a first-year audiology student at A.T. Still University. She uses her position as the coordinator of the intern team at the United Nations Association San Diego Chapter and her Miss Golden State pageant title to raise awareness about Audiology and hearing loss. Her primary interests include intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring, tinnitus, and vestibular disorders.


Bailey Kaufmann

I am a third 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!


Melissa Cashin

Melissa is a second-year graduate student at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She completed her B.S. in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Melissa is especially interested in working with children who are deaf and hard-of-hearing, children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and children who use augmentative and alternative communication devices. Upon graduation, Melissa hopes to complete her clinical fellowship year in a school setting to support children of all ages and abilities. Her advice to future graduate students is to observe professionals in your area and to reach out to your professors whose research interests you.


Lauren Cantrell

Lauren is currently a second year SLP graduate student at Northern Arizona University. Her special interests include early intervention, motor speech disorders in the pediatric population, and literacy development. Lauren hopes to work in an educational setting to help students gain confidence and promote inclusion for kids of all abilities. She is excited by the different opportunities the field provides and recommends trying a little bit of everything in order to find your passion!


Jen Henriquez

Jen is a member of the University of Arizona Speech-Language Pathology (M.S.) class of 2021. A Massachusetts native, she moved to Tucson to pursue a career as a bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist to further assist those with communication difficulties. Upon graduation, Jen hopes to complete her clinical fellowship in the inpatient or outpatient medical setting working with adults with aphasia, dysphagia, and cognitive-communication disorders. Her advice: Be okay with making mistakes. This means you’re learning. If you knew everything the first time around, you wouldn’t be here!


Tayler Philips

Tayler is currently a second-year graduate student at Northern Arizona University. Upon graduation, she hopes to complete her clinical fellowship in early intervention and/or with children and adults with developmental disabilities. Tayler's interests include autism, genetic disorders and AAC. Tayler’s advice to future graduate students is to have fun learning! Graduate school is an incredible opportunity to learn from a variety of colleagues, professors and clients. Remember to enjoy the ride, grow from challenging moments and learn from each new client you meet!