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Graduate Student Scholarship Recipients

The Graduate Student Scholarship recognizes masters or doctoral students in communication sciences and disorders who demonstrate academic achievement and promise. Four endowed scholarships give special priority to disability, international, minority, and National Student Speech Language Hearing Association member students.

2016

Awarded $5,000 each

Baron_2016_GSSLauren S. Baron
PhD Candidate
MGH Institute of Health Professions
Rehabilitation Sciences


Binger_2016_GSS_MinorityMaria A. Binger
MA Candidate
University of Maryland
Speech-Language Pathology


Campbell_2016_GSSRachael E. Campbell
MS Candidate
Boston University
Speech-Language Pathology


Dahar_2016_GSSKimberly R. Dahar
AuD Candidate
University at Buffalo
Audiology


Dinh_2016_GSS_InternationalAn T. Dinh
PhD Candidate
Ohio University
Speech-Language Science


Fisher_2016_GSSJacqueline L. Fisher
MA Candidate
Case Western Reserve University
Speech-Language Pathology


Girolamo_2016_GSSTeresa M. Girolamo
PhD Candidate
University of Kansas
Child Language


Gusewski_2016_GSS_InternationalSvenja Gusewski
MS/PhD Candidate
University of Texas at Dallas
Speech-Language Pathology/Speech-Language Science


Hoge_2016_GSSRachel Hoge
PhD Candidate
Florida State University
Speech-Language Science


Hovey_2016_GSS_NSSLHAAngela W. Hovey
MA Candidate
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Speech-Language Pathology


Krekeler_2016_GSSBrittany N. Krekeler
PhD Candidate
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Speech-Language Science


McKinley_2016_GSSJacob D. McKinley
MS Candidate
University of Missouri
Speech-Language Pathology


Ogundare_2016_GSS_MinorityAdetutu A. Ogundare
ClinSciD Candidate
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions
Speech-Language Pathology


Richardson_2016_GSSMatthew W. Richardson
MS Candidate
Northern Arizona University
Speech-Language Pathology


Runnoe_2016_GGS_NSSLHAEmily K. Runnoe
MS Candidate
Marquette University
Speech-Language Pathology


Sherrill_2016_GSSMartha H. Sherrill
PhD Candidate
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Speech-Language Science


Simeur_2016_GSSAlexandra K. Simeur
MS Candidate
Northwestern University
Speech-Language Pathology


Tendera_2016_GSS_InternationalAnna Tendera
PhD Candidate
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Speech–Language Science


Traub_2016_GSSCaroline M. Traub
MS Candidate
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Speech-Language Pathology


Whitaker_2016_GSS_MinorityMaja E. Whitaker
MA Candidate
Marquette University
Speech-Language Pathology


2015

Awarded $5,000 each

2015-Barikroo-GSSAli Barikroo
PhD Candidate
University of Florida
Speech-Language Science


2015-Barroso-Walker-GSSSusie Barroso-Walker
MS Candidate
Columbia University
Speech-Language Pathology


2015-Beckett-GSSLauren N. Beckett
MS Candidate
University of Utah
Speech-Language Pathology


2015-Benitez-GSSCarlos R. Benitez-Barrera
PhD Candidate
Vanderbilt University
Hearing Science


2015-Camera-GSSSarah L. Camera
AuD Candidate
University of Connecticut
Audiology


2015-Cavaliere-GSSKatherine R. Cavaliere
MA Candidate
University of Colorado, Boulder
Speech-Language Pathology


2015-Chapman-GSSLaura R. Chapman
PhD Candidate
Ohio University
Speech-Language Science


2015-Charles-GSSLauren M. Charles
AuD Candidate
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Audiology


2015-Covington-GSSNatalie V. Covington
PhD Candidate
University of Iowa
Speech-Language Science


2015-Cuviello-GSSHannah Rose Cuviello
MA Candidate
University of Colorado, Boulder
Speech-Language Pathology


2015-Gadson-GSSDavetrina Seles Gadson
PhD Candidate
University of Georgia
Speech-Language Science


2015-Gallagher-GSSKaren L. Gallagher
PhD Candidate
Arizona State University
Speech Language Science


2015-Gerlach-GSSHope L. Gerlach
PhD Candidate
University of Iowa
Speech-Language Science


2015-Hamilton-GSSMegan-Brette Hamilton
PhD Candidate
University of Illinois
Speech-Language Science


2015-Harmon-GSSTyson G. Harmon
PhD Candidate
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Speech-Language Science


2015-Hashemi-GSSHedieh Hashemi Hosseinabad
PhD Candidate
University of Cincinnati
Speech-Language Science


2015-Hough-GSSCrystal J. Hough
MS Candidate
University of North Texas
Speech-Language Pathology


2015-Kim-GSSJackie Sihyun Kim
MS Candidate
Columbia University
Speech-Language Pathology


2015-Komesidou-GSSRouzana Komesidou
PhD Candidate
University of Kansas
Speech-Language Science


2015-Le-2015-GSSGiau N. Le
AuD Candidate
University of Arizona
Audiology


2015-Liang-GSSWendy Liang
MS Candidate
New York University
Speech-Language Pathology


2015-McKnight-GSSRosemary J. McKnight
MA Candidate
University of Colorado, Boulder
Speech-Language Pathology


2015-Mohapatra-GSSBijoyaa Mohapatra
PhD Candidate
University of Georgia
Speech-Language Science


2015-Moya-Gale-GSSGemma Moya-Gale
PhD Candidate
Columbia University
Speech-Language Science


2015-Pasternak-GSSKevin M. Pasternak
MS Candidate
Emerson College
Speech-Language Pathology


2015-Tang-GSSSharon S. Tang
PhD Candidate
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Speech-Language Science


2015-Volk-GSSMilon M. Volk
MA Candidate
University of Cincinnati
Speech-Language Pathology

 

2014

Awarded $5,000 each

2014_Banda_GSSSuzanne M. Banda
MS Candidate
Illinois State University
Speech-Language Pathology


2014_ButlerTrump_GSSLindsay K. Butler-Trump
MS Candidate
Pennsylvania State University
Speech-Language Pathology


2014_Campbell_GSSHeather M. Campbell
PhD Candidate
New York University
Speech-Language Pathology


2014_Corbin_GSSNicole E. Corbin
PhD Candidate
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Audiology


2014_Crespo_GSS_MinorityKimberly Crespo
MS/PhD Candidate
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Speech-Language Pathology


2014_Diehm_GSSEmily A. Diehm
PhD Candidate
Florida State University
Speech-Language Pathology


2014_Fisher_GSSChristine Fisher
MS Candidate
Rush University
Speech-Language Pathology


2014_Freeland_GSSTonya Freeland
MS Candidate
University of Houston
Speech-Language Pathology


2014_Hall_GSSJessica Hall
PhD Candidate
University of Iowa
Speech-Language Pathology


2014_Headley_GSSAmanda Headley
AuD Candidate
Vanderbilt University
Audiology


2014_Jacobs_GSSMagdalene Jacobs
PhD Candidate
Vanderbilt University
Speech-Language Pathology


2014_Johnson_GSSMelissa A. Johnson
PhD Candidate
University of Rochester
Health Practice Research


2014_Kao_GSSPeter Kao
MS Candidate
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Speech-Language Pathology


2014_Knudson_GSS_NSSLHABailey Knudson
MA Candidate
University of Northern Iowa
Speech-Language Pathology


2014_Muttiah_GSS_InternationalNimisha Muttiah
PhD Candidate
Pennsylvania State University
Speech-Language Pathology


2014_Pinkerton_GSS_DisabilityA. Louise Pinkerton
MA Candidate
University of Iowa
Speech-Language Pathology


2014_Raj_GSSErik X. Raj
PhD Candidate
Wayne State University
Speech-Language Pathology


2014_Rosas_GSSJason Rosas
PhD Candidate
City University of New York
Speech-Language Pathology


2014_Sia_GSSIsaac Sia
PhD Candidate
University of Florida
Rehabilitation Science

 

2013

Awarded $5,000 each

2013_Cerf_GSSCelina Cerf
MA Candidate
University of Texas at Austin
Speech-Language Pathology


2013_Charaziak_International_GSSKarolina Charaziak
PhD Candidate
Northwestern University
Audiology


2013_Churness_GSSKim Churness
MS Candidate
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Speech-Language Pathology


2013_Courtney_GSSAniqa Courtney
MA Candidate
California State University, Los Angeles
Speech-Language Pathology


2013_Daliri_GSSAyoub Daliri
PhD Candidate
University of Washington
Speech-Language Pathology


2013_Delclos_GSSHolly Delclos
MS Candidate
University of Central Arkansas
Speech-Language Pathology


2013_Gray_Susan_GSSSusan Gray
PhD Candidate
City University of New York
Speech-Language Pathology


2013_Gustafson_GSSSamantha Gustafson
PhD Candidate
Vanderbilt University
Audiology


2013_Kubalanza_GSSMary Kubalanza
PhD Candidate
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Speech-Language Pathology


2013_Liang_GSSEric Liang
MA Candidate
University of Iowa
Speech-Language Pathology


2013_Pang_Disability_GSSCarol Pang
AuD Candidate
Vanderbilt University
Audiology


2013_Reynolds_GSSLuke Reynolds
MS Candidate
Gallaudet University
Speech-Language Pathology


2013_Rodriguez_Minority_GSSMidori Rodriguez
MS Candidate
Misericordia University
Speech-Language Pathology


2013_Swanson_GSSLeah Swanson
MS Candidate
University of Washington
Speech-Language Pathology


2013_Vamos_NSSLHA_GSSJennifer Vamos
MS Candidate
Florida State University
Speech-Language Pathology


2013_Wong_GSSSeng Mun Wong
PhD Candidate
James Madison University
Speech-Language Pathology


2013_ZenginBolatkale_GSSHatun Zengin-Bolatkale
PhD Candidate
Vanderbilt University
Speech-Language Pathology


2012

Awarded $5,000 each

2012 Beigay - GSSAmber Beigay
MS Candidate
Northeastern University
Speech-Language Pathology


2012 Chhuon - GSS MinorityKeovmorkodh Chhuon
MS Candidate
Columbia University
Speech-Language Pathology


2012 Deshpande - GSSAniruddha Deshpande
PhD Candidate
University of Cincinnati
Audiology


2012 Dwyer - GSS DisabilityRobert Thomas Dwyer
AuD Candidate
Vanderbilt University
Audiology


2012 Freitas - GSSJustine Barbara Freitas
MA Candidate
City University of New York
Speech-Language Pathology


2012 Gore - GSSDalan Cole Gore
MS Candidate
Texas Tech University
Speech-Language Pathology


2012 Hadshi - GSSCatherine Hadshi
MS Candidate
Boston University
Speech-Language Pathology


2012 Hallin - GSSAnna Eva Hallin
PhD Candidate
New York University
Speech-Language Pathology


2012 Hoffman - GSSMatthew R. Hoffman
MD/PhD Candidate
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Speech-Language Pathology


2012 Ishikawa - GSS InternationalKeiko Ishikawa
PhD Candidate
University of Cincinnati
Speech-Language Pathology


2012 Mailend - GSSMarja-Liisa Mailend
PhD Candidate
University of Arizona
Speech-Language Pathology


2012 Oglivie - GSSTrianna K. Oglivie
MS/PhD Candidate
University of Arizona
Speech-Language Pathology


2012 Pitt - GSSKevin Pitt
MS Candidate
Missouri State University
Speech-Language Pathology


2012 Webb - GSS NSSLHAEliza Webb
MS Candidate
University of New Mexico
Speech-Language Pathology


2012 Weiler - GSSBrian Kenneth Weiler
PhD Candidate
Vanderbilt University
Speech-Language Pathology


2011

Awarded $5,000 each

2011_BaroneNicholas Barone
MS Candidate
Misericordia University
Speech-Language Pathology


2011_Jennifer BarryJennifer Barry
MS Candidate
Florida State University
Speech-Language Pathology


2011_GroppoSarah Groppo
MS Candidate
University of Kentucky
Speech-Language Pathology


2011_HawthornHeidi Hawthorn
MS Candidate
University of Central Arkansas
Speech-Language Pathology


2011_JozefowiczStephanie Jozefowicz
MS Candiate
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


2011_MajorImola Major
AuD Candidate
San Diego State University
Audiology 


2011_Schaser_AllisonAllison J. Schaser
PhD Candidate
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Speech-Language Pathology


2011_StrattonJulie Stratton
PhD Candidate
University of Washington
Speech-Language Pathology


2011_TejaniViral Tejani
AuD Candidate
University of Maryland
Audiology


2011_WangIsaac Wang
MS Candidate
Vanderbilt University
Speech-Language Pathology 


2011_WattsLuke Watts
MS Candidate
Vanderbilt University
Speech-Language Pathology


2011_ZahandRobyn Zahand
MA Candidate
University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Speech-Language Pathology



2010

Awarded $5,000 each

2010GSS-StephannieBrajotStephannie Brajot
MA Candidate
University of Houston

 

2010GSS-NoelDwyerNoel Dwyer
AuD Candidate
Washington University in St. Louis


2010MinorityGSS-AnalydiaGonzalesAnalydia Gonzales
AuD Candidate
University of Arizona
Minority Scholarship, Minority Fund  


2010GSS-JessicaGutierrezJessica Y. Gutierrez
MS Candidate
University of Redlands


2010GSS-CarieHudsonCarie A. Hudson
MEd Candidate
North Carolina Central University



Julian A. Kuettner
MA Candidate
University of Kansas

2010GSS-PuiMeiLamPui Mei Lam
MSEd Candidate
The College of St. Rose


2010GSS-AikateriniNtourouAikaterini (Katerina) Ntourou
PhD Candidate
Vanderbilt University


2010GSS-SarahPanjwaniSarah Panjwani
MA Candidate
University of Texas–Austin


2010GSS-MarilynStansfieldMarilyn Stansfield
MA/PhD Candidate
Northwestern University


2010InternationalGSS-AneeshaViraniAneesha Virani
PhD Candidate
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
International Scholarship, Kala Singh Memorial Fund



2009

Awarded $4,000 each

2009GSS-GarrettCardonGarrett Cardon
PhD Candidate
University of Colorado at Boulder


2009GSS-MinyuChengMinyu (Julia) Cheng
AuD Candidate
Rush University


2009GSS-ChristineEstesChristine Estes
MS Candidate
Hofstra University


2009MinorityGSS-CarmenFaheyCarmen Fahey
MA Candidate
University of Houston
Minority Scholarship, Minority Fund, with Zvirblis Estate Gift Support


2009GSS-YaelFuerstYael Fuerst
MS Candidate
Southern Connecticut State University


2009InternationalGSS-AshwiniJoshiAshwini Joshi
PhD Candidate
University of Kentucky, Lexington
International Scholarship, Kala Singh Memorial Fund, with Zvirblis Estate Gift Support


2009GSS-KathleenMettelKathleen Mettel
MS Candidate
Purdue University


2009GSS-KristinMusserKristin E. Musser
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
AuD Candidate


2009GSS-BrendaNucktonBrenda Nuckton
MS Candidate
Portland State University


2009DisabilityGSS-EmilyPerryEmily Perry
MA Candidate
Washington State University, Spokane
Disability Scholarship, Leslie Londer Fund


2009GSS-JonathonWhittonJonathon Whitton
AuD Candidate
University of Louisville



2008

Awarded $5,000 each

Stephanie CochranStephanie Cochran
MA Candidate
Duquesne University
Disability Scholarship, Leslie Londer Fund


Beverly A. Collisson Beverly A. Collisson
PhD Candidate
University of Connecticut
International Scholarship, Kala Singh Memorial Fund


Tracy Conner Tracy Conner
MA candidate
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Minority Scholarship, Minority Fund


Rhona Galera Rhona Galera
CScD candidate
University of Pittsburgh
Minority Scholarship, Zvirblis Family Estate


Kelly N. Hoffard Kelly N. Hoffard
AuD Candidate
University of Maryland


Benjamin J. Kirby Benjamin J. Kirby
AuD Candidate
University of Iowa


Beula M. Magimairaj Beula M. Magimairaj
PhD Candidate
Ohio University
International Scholarship, Zvirblis Family Estate


Elise M. Neukom Elise M. Neukom
AuD Candidate
Vanderbilt University


Ji-Sook Park Ji-Sook Park
MA Candidate
San Diego State University


Alejandra Reyes-Torres Alejandra Reyes-Torres
MA Candidate
University of Oregon


Thomas F. Shull Thomas F. Shull
MS Candidate
Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions


Traci Terpstra Traci Terpstra
MA Candidate
California State University, Fullerton



2007

Awarded $4,000 each

Naomi B. Habegger Naomi B. Habegger
AuD Candidate
University of Colorado at Boulder


Marie V. Ivanova Marie V. Ivanova
PhD Candidate
Ohio University
International Scholarship, Kala Singh Memorial Fund


Erin Elizabeth King Erin Elizabeth King
MA Candidate
University of Iowa


Lisa Allison LaGorio Lisa Allison LaGorio
PhD and MPH Candidate
University of Florida


Megan K. MacPherson Megan K. MacPherson
PhD Candidate
Purdue University


Gary E. Martin Gary E. Martin
PhD Candidate
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Raul Francisco Prezas Raul Francisco Prezas
PhD Candidate
Wichita State University
Minority Scholarship, Minority Fund


Amy Woo Yun Robbins Amy Woo Yun Robbins
AuD Candidate
Vanderbilt University


Ilana Silverman Ilana Silverman
MS Candidate
University of Pittsburgh


Heather L. Thompson Heather L. Thompson
PhD Candidate
University of Utah



2006

Awarded $4,000 each

Mark Detweiler Mark Detweiler
MA candidate
University of Oregon


Carolyn Stephenson Gosse Carolyn Stephenson Gosse
MEd candidate
University of Virginia


Sarah Haszko Sarah Haszko
MA candidate
University of Maryland, College Park


Nicole M. Rogus Nicole M. Rogus
PhD candidate
Northwestern University


Mark Shaver Mark Shaver
PhD candidate
Wichita State University


Gwyneth S. Sprouls Gwyneth S. Sprouls
MS candidate
University of New Mexico


Susan M. Ternes Susan M. Ternes
AuD candidate
University of Kansas Medical Center


Stephanie P. Hirsh Stephanie P. Hirsh
MA candidate
Northwestern University
Disability scholarship, Leslie Londer Fund


Victoria Lee Victoria Lee
AuD candidate
Northwestern University
International scholarship, Kala Singh Memorial Fund


Derek E. Daniels Derek E. Daniels
PhD candidate
Bowling Green State University
Minority scholarship, Minority Fund



2005

Awarded $4,000 each

Corinne Rodier Juhasz Corinne Rodier Juhasz
MA candidate
University of Connecticut


Erin McAlister Erin McAlister
AuD candidate
University of Maryland, College Park


Erin O?ryan

Erin O'Bryan
MS candidate
University of Arizona


Anshula Odekar Anshula Odekar
PhD candidate
Ohio University


Jonathan Preston Jonathan Preston
PhD candidate
Syracuse University


Virginia Sue Ramachandran Virginia Sue Ramachandran
AuD candidate
Wayne State University


Liselotte Svensson Liselotte Svensson
PhD candidate
University of Washington


Michelle S. Troche Michelle S. Troche
MA candidate
University of Florida


Lakshmi Venkatesh Lakshmi Venkatesh
PhD candidate
University of Washington



2004

Awarded $4,000 each

Kay Alley Kay Alley
MS candidate
Radford University


Kristen Allison Kristen Allison
MA candidate
University of Texas at Austin


Charles Ellis Charles Ellis, Jr.
PhD candidate
University of Florida


Monique Fees Monique Fees
MA candidate
University of Kansas


Maya L. Henry Maya L. Henry
PhD candidate
University of Arizona


Kip Kelly J. Kip Kelly
PhD candidate
Ohio State University


Mariam Riazi-Kermani Mariam Riazi-Kermani
PhD candidate
University of Kansas


Kaitlyn Page Wilson Kaitlyn Page Wilson
MS candidate
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill



2003

Awarded $4,000 Each

Stacy Betz Stacy Betz
PhD candidate
University of Kansas

Stacy Betz is a doctoral student at the University of Kansas, and her research interests include the typical process of language acquisition and identification of children with language impairments. Her long-term career goals are to establish a research program focused on developing clinical instruments to assess language impairments in children and to develop and teach courses related to children's language acquisition and disorders, as well as research methodology.


Anny Castilla Anny Castilla
PhD candidate
University of Georgia

Anny Castilla, from Colombia, South America, is in the PhD program at the University of Georgia to expand her interest in communication disorders in bilingual populations. Her main goals are to conduct research on bilingualism and communication disorders, to spark the knowledge of other speech-language pathologists through teaching and mentoring students, to represent the bilingual Hispanic population in the communication sciences and disorders field, and to encourage Hispanic students to pursue teaching and research.


Diane Garst Diane Garst
MS candidate
University of Texas at Dallas

Diane Garst is a student in the master's program at the University of Texas at Dallas. Her long-term goals include creating public programs to educate about stroke risk factors, signs and symptoms, treatments, and rehabilitation; and developing a university seminar course blending medical interests and literature. She is interested in private practice in a rural setting, working with an aphasia group to provide activities and a positive setting for communication.


Nicole Marrone
ScD candidate
Boston University

Nicole Marrone is an ScD student in audiology at Boston University who is pursuing an academic research career. Her main interest is how the relationship between speech perception and speech production changes relative to hearing loss, amplification, and age. A secondary interest is the audio-visual integration of speech and speech acoustics. Her clinical interests are in pediatric audiology, hearing aids, and cochlear implants.


Diane Ogiela Diane Ogiela
PhD candidate
Michigan State University

Diane Ogiela is a third-year doctoral student in the speech-language pathology and interdisciplinary cognitive science programs at Michigan State University. Her primary interest is in developmental language disorders, including the linguistic, cognitive, a nd bioneurological aspects of language, especially in children's morphology and syntax. The experience of several years of clinical practice with many populations in a variety of settings preceded her return for further research training. She expects her long-term line of research to focus on the design and development of theoretically motivated and empirically sound evaluation and intervention strategies for the morphological and syntactic deficits that are common in children with developmental language disorders.


Cynthia Puranik
PhD candidate
University of Florida

Cynthia Puranik is a PhD student in the communication sciences and disorders program at the University of Florida, Gainesville. Cynthia entered graduate school in speech-language pathology after finishing an undergraduate degree in economics and working for 6 years in Bombay, India. Her years of clinical work after receiving her master's degree led her back to school with research and clinical interests in child language development and disorders, and language-based reading disorders, especially in research that has the potential to affect treatment outcomes.


Vinita Rajah Vinita Rajah
MA candidate
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

Vinita Rajah is a speech-language pathology master's student at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. For her honor thesis, Vinita developed a prototype, the Rajah Test of Hindi Articulation, because there is no articulation test for native speakers of Hindi; the profession of speech-language pathology is not well known in India. She hopes to return to India to work with children and provide services in school settings.

2002

Awarded $4,000 Each

Sharon M. Antonucci Sharon M. Antonucci
PhD candidate
University of Arizona

Sharon M. Antonucci is earning a doctoral degree at the University of Arizona, where she is pursuing her interests in neuroimaging techniques and treating bilingual patients with aphasia. She is particularly interested in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Sharon plans to focus her dissertation work on using fMRI with other treatment protocols to study the efficacy of treatment as it relates to an individual's behavioral and neurological changes.

Sharon has always enjoyed working with older adults, and she speaks two languages fluently, both of which contributed to her interest in bilingual aphasia. As an undergraduate student at Connecticut College, she became interested in communication sciences and disorders. Although the school did not have an undergraduate communication sciences program, she studied linguistics, foreign languages, human development, and physiology. She also volunteered with the campus child development program as an assistant to a speech-language pathologist, where she researched the effects of parental influence on the learning of English by their children of native Spanish-speaking backgrounds. She earned a master's degree in speech-language pathology from Columbia University, and completed an independent study with Lorraine Ramig, a 1982 recipient of a Foundation Research Grant for New Investigators.

Eventually, Sharon hopes to pursue postdoctoral work in Italy, where innovative work is being accomplished in fMRI, bilingual aphasia, and functional aphasia treatment. Her dream is to teach and establish a neurogenic language program at an East Coast University.


Susan Baker Susan Baker
PhD candidate
University of Florida

Susan E. Baker is pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Florida. She is focusing her study on normal and disordered laryngeal function with an emphasis on the contribution of respiration to voice production and cough. She will study different methods for increasing the strength of respiratory muscles for breathing and voice production.

Susan became interested in this study after participating in a number of projects that involved studying the effects of respiratory muscle strength training programs. Her work will have direct implications for patients suffering from respiratory muscle weakness from disease, chronic mechanical ventilation, and/or aging.

Her hope is to obtain a tenure-track position at a university, continue her research in the area of voice and respiratory disorders, and provide treatment and help to complex and critically ill patients.


Amy Costanza-Smith Amy Costanza-Smith
PhD candidate
University of Washington

Amy Costanza-Smith is pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Washington, where her focus is on the role of working memory in language production, specifically in children.

Amy first developed an interest in this area when she was working as a speech-language pathologist at a children's rehabilitation center in Portland, Oregon. Her unanswered questions led her to pursue a research-oriented degree and to develop a passion for clinical applications of research. As a doctoral student motivated by a deep understanding of contemporary theories in language, cognition, and social development, Amy has been awarded a research grant from the Bamford-Lahey Children's Foundation and grant-in-aid from the Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders. She has also submitted a research proposal to the Scientific Review Branch, Division of Extramural Research at NIDCD/NIH. She hopes to investigate the language performance variability in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

After completing her degree, Amy will continue to exercise her skills in clinical work and teaching, and to continue researching appropriate assessment and treatment procedures.


Michael Gordon Michael Gordon
MA candidate
University of Maryland-College Park

Michael Gordon is pursuing a master's degree in hearing and speech sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park. His primary interest is in clinical research, specifically central auditory processing deficits and their effects on phonological awareness, as well as auditory feedback in stuttering.

Michael first became interested in neurobiology when earning his undergraduate degree in biology. He focused his senior year on sensory systems, and decided to pursue studies in auditory neuroscience. Michael earned a PhD in neuroscience from the University of Rochester, where his research involved studying the neuroanatomy of bats. His thesis work revealed an auditory region in the bat's midbrain that contains many specialized auditory neurons known as frequency modulation (FM) processing neurons, which tune to direction and rate of change of frequency in rapid tone glides.

Identifying a desire to work with and treat humans, Michael decided to make a career change and pursue a clinical master's degree in speech and hearing science. He is currently exploring the idea that FM processing neurons might be present in human brains and play a role in sound processing. Michael's goal is to combine clinical work with research and teaching, and he hopes to help people with communication disorders.


Lisa A. Hammett Lisa A. Hammett
PhD candidate
University of Georgia

Lisa Hammett is pursuing a doctoral degree in speech-language pathology. Her interest of study is language and literacy difficulties in young children.

Lisa has worked for 9 years as a clinical speech-language pathologist in the educational setting, where she interacted with students and their families, learning to recognize children's various communication difficulties and ways in which they could succeed in school and life despite those problems. She returned to school to explore language disorders from the perspective of dynamic systems and recent findings from neuroscience. Lisa is currently studying early parent-child book-sharing experiences and the impact on preschoolers with and without language disorders.

Lisa hopes to become a faculty member who teaches her students to bridge the gap between their book knowledge and what they identify as useful in the clinic. She also emphasizes that clinical expertise should be combined with sensitivity to families and educators. Her goal is to join the faculty of a university and continue her research in childhood language and literacy disorders.


Constance Keintz Constance Keintz
PhD candidate
University of Arizona

Constance Keintz is pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Arizona, where she is focusing her interests on teaching clinicians, research, adult motor speech disorders, stuttering, and ethics.

Connie began teaching while still a graduate student at the University of Wyoming, and has continued to assume teaching assistantship positions. She has taught anatomy and physiology labs and undergraduate ethics courses, among other subjects. Connie has also completed three research rotations (in motor control of stuttering, speech perception, and neurophysiology). Currently, she is working on a project related to perceptual processes in children with learning disabilities and speech motor control in high cervical spinal cord injury. Her research in speech perception was presented at the Acoustical Society of America, and she co-authored a paper on a study of human motor units that was presented at the International Symposium on Movement and Sensation. Connie has established herself as an expert on clinical and professional ethics, and she serves as the Chair of the Arizona Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Executive Board on Ethical Practice; she also lectures locally on the topic.

Connie hopes to one day work as a university faculty member, influencing students and the field through her teaching and research. It is her belief that evaluation and management of individuals with speech impairments can be substantially improved by bringing clinical practice more closely in line with what is known about basic mechanisms underlying the neural control of speech production and perception.


Jamie F. Mayer Jamie F. Mayer
PhD candidate
Indiana University-Bloomington

Jamie Faye Mayer is a PhD candidate at Indiana University in Bloomington, studying adult language and cognition to increase understanding of the nature of normal and disordered cognitive-linguistic functioning. Her plan is to integrate knowledge from the fields of neuroscience, neuroimaging, cognitive science, clinical psychology, and speech-language pathology to provide a comprehensive foundation for further study. Her long-term goal is a career involving research, teaching, and clinical services at a major university with ties to a large medical center.


John McCarthy John McCarthy
PhD candidate
Penn State University

John McCarthy is in the PhD program at Pennsylvania State University, after 2 years as a school-based speech-language pathologist. His particular area of interest is augmentative and alternative communication (AAC); his future goals are to help consumer, clinical, and research audiences by using research-validated practices to teach clients and clinicians, and to involve students in as many aspects of research as possible. John wants students to leave school with not only knowledge, but personal experience of how that knowledge can make a difference in people's lives.


Jennifer B. Shinn Jennifer B. Shinn
PhD candidate
University of Connecticut

Jennifer B. Shinn is earning a doctoral degree from the University of Connecticut, where she is pursuing her interest in auditory processing and electrophysiology.

Jennifer participated in a project with otoacoustic emissions as an undergraduate student, and later pursued her master's degree at East Carolina University, specifically because electrophysiological studies of the higher auditory system were being performed there. Her master's thesis, Auditory Temporal Processing Performance of Young Adults with Reading Disorders, was published in the Journal of Hearing and Speech Research. She later published an article about auditory plasticity in Seminars in Hearing, a commentary on brain plasticity for the Hearing Journal, and contributed to a chapter in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: The Clinical Spectrum.

Jennifer hopes to one day obtain a faculty appointment, where she will mentor individuals pursuing degrees in the field of communication sciences. She will also continue to conduct clinically applicable research in the field of audiology.

2001

Awarded $4,000 Each

Ilana Beigel Ilana Beigel
University of Massachusetts

Ilana Beigel is pursuing her master's degree in speech-language pathology at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst. After completing her master's, she intends to practice speech-language pathology in the schools, helping children whose communication disorders are an obstacle to their educational development. She came to her decision to practice in a school setting after her rewarding experience working as an assistant to an elementary school speech-language pathologist during her post-baccalaureate program. Currently, she is working as a research assistant in the University of Massachusetts Child Language Lab under a grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a valid and reliable instrument to test speech and language disorders in African-American children. She was inspired to pursue a career in speech-language pathology by the example of her mother's life-long struggle with a physical disability and by the story of her grandmother, a refugee from the Holocaust who had to overcome language barriers to survive in her adopted country.


Sarah Mae Cooper Sarah Mae Cooper
University of Minnesota

Sarah Mae Cooper is working on her master's degree in speech-language pathology at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Once she obtains her degree, she plans to concentrate her work on autistic children and people who have had brain injuries. She is particularly interested in working with children from culturally diverse backgrounds, having been encouraged by her in practicum participation in Head Start as an undergraduate. She is an active member of the local NSSLHA association, contributing to the monthly newsletter and organizing special events, including the student colloquium on multicultural clinical issues. An unexpected happy result of her early experience in the field of communication disorders has been the strengthening of her relationship with her older brother, who has a learning disability.


Pamela Ann Darter Pamela Ann Darter
Wichita State University

Pamela Ann Darter is pursuing a doctoral degree at Wichita State University, where she is focusing on assistive and augmentative communication. Upon completion of her degree, she plans to work as an instructor in an academic setting, educating future generations of speech-language pathologists and conducting research. One of her foremost concerns is promoting research for diverse populations. After getting mixed results in employing an augmentative device for a child with Down Sydrome, she initiated an investigation by the Human Factors Program into the use of technology by the disabled. Prior to her proposal, the Human Factors Program only explored interaction factors among nondisabled users. She is also studying the effects that the beliefs and values of educators have on the learning outcomes of their disabled students.


Laura Elise George Laura Elise George
City University of New York

Laura Elise George is pursuing her master's degree in speech-language pathology at Queens College City University of New York. She became interested in the field when her nephew was born with Bekwith Wiedemann Syndrome, a disorder with symptoms that include macroglassia and organomegaly. Witnessing her young nephew's experience with the healthcare professions has led Ms. George to draw an important distinction between professionals and life-changing professionals, a lesson she has taken to heart and intends to take with her into the professional ranks of speech-language pathology. As a Cuban-American, Ms. George plans to emphasize a multi-cultural approach to treatment. She cites her work with a Cuban-American stroke sufferer with aphasia. After a less than encouraging start with the usual methods, the man suddenly started singing the Cuban National Anthem. Though by no means a cure, the event marked a breakthrough of sorts. The man had finally opened up, and broken into song, after Ms. George changed tack, asking him a series of questions about Cuba, a method of treatment made possible by their cultural affinity.


Jennifer Kent Jennifer Kent
Pennsylvania State University

Jennifer Kent is pursuing her doctoral degree at Penn State University. Upon completion of the program, she aspires to obtain a university faculty position that would allow her to instruct pre-service speech-language pathologists in the area of AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) service delivery. There is, according to Ms. Kent, no defining socioeconomic, cultural or linguistic group of individuals who use AAC (e.g., alphabet boards, picture books, sign language, computer-based communication systems). She considers it of vital importance to improve the educational practices that serve the increasing numbers of children who require the use of AAC in today's public schools. As a university professor, Ms. Kent will be in a position to equip tomorrow's speech-language pathologists with the tools they require to meet the needs of these children. As well, through her continued research, she hopes to fill the critical gap in the research literature that guides the implementation of AAC in the classroom.


Youngsun Kim Youngsun Kim
University of Tennessee

Youngsun Kim is pursuing his doctoral degree at the University of Tennessee. He became interested in the field of speech-language pathology while teaching English as a second language to high school students in South Korea. He was surprised to discover that several of his students with speech and hearing impairments were not only not receiving treatment from a trained clinician or specialist, but that in some instances they were even being classified as mental patients. For the past two years, he has served as the Associate Director of the Verbotonal Speech Sciences Research Laboratory. He has also taken the initiative in bringing Korea into step with advances being made in the field in the U.S. At the Second Millennium Verbotonal Workshop in Korea, he introduced the Verbotonal Auditory Training Program to over 500 Korean teachers and clinicians. As a result, several Korean clinicians, students and professors paid a visit to the research lab at the University of Tennessee, setting in motion an exchange of talent and ideas that will be to the benefit of the entire field.


Karen N. Le Karen N. Le
University of Connecticut

Karen N. Le is obtaining her master's degree in speech-language pathology at the University of Connecticut. Upon graduating, she plans to practice as a speech-language pathologist either in an educational setting or with a geriatric population. As an undergraduate at Wesleyan University, she was a research assistant on a team that studied the cognitive, social and emotional development of young adopted children. Currently Ms. Le is working on a research project examining the conversational discourse of individuals with traumatic brain injury. She's also contributing to a study comparing the verbal and written narrative and procedural discourse of individuals with and without a college background and volunteering in a clinic group for stroke survivors with aphasia. As well, being trilingual she speaks English, Vietnamese and Spanish. She has a keen interest in working with people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. It is her hope to be a resource, as well as an advocate, for a diverse group of individuals with communication disorders. In particular, Ms. Le wants to help children and adults so that they can continue to learn, to question, to see the value of who they are, and, ultimately, to empower themselves.

Laura_PettLaura Pett
University of Minnesota

Laura Pett is enrolled in the University of Minnesota's master's program in audiology. Upon completing her degree, she plans to practice in a clinic or hospital setting. She has been encouraged by her experience working with adult and geriatric populations as a physical therapy aide and also as a volunteer in a nursing home. She was first drawn to the field of audiology when, as part of a summer program working with children and teenagers with disabilities, she witnessed first hand the kind of positive impact the science of hearing can have on quality of life. As a professional, she intends to concentrate on universal newborn hearing screening and inner ear balance disorders. After gaining some experience as a practitioner, Ms. Pett intends to return to school for her Ph.D. and then begin the second phase of her career as a researcher specializing in auditory physiology. She plans to continue her involvement in the community through hearing conservation programs for elementary school children and high school students. In particular, she would like to educate students about the damaging effects of loud noise, as cumulative noise exposure is one of the major causes of hearing loss.


Wendy Roger Wendy Roger
California State University

Wendy Roger is pursuing her master's degree in speech-language pathology at California State University, Northridge. After completing her degree, she would like to focus on providing language therapy to young children in a multidisciplinary setting that addresses all aspects of a child's development. She is currently assisting another graduate student with a study of the effectiveness of Cal State Northridge's early intervention program, which utilizes Greenspan's Floor Time methods. Her experience with the project has convinced her that she would like to use a similar whole-child approach to language therapy in her own future career. Having spent five years teaching English at a predominantly Hispanic inner city Los Angeles high school, Ms. Roger had the opportunity to apply the theories of second language acquisition she had studied in UCLA's school of education and also to use her fluency in Spanish. She also learned how to personalize instruction to individual student needs. After reading for her own enjoyment so many books and articles about language pathologies and development, she's thrilled to be entering a profession where she can finally use that knowledge to improve the communicative abilities of those who struggle with speech and language disorders.


Yasmeen F. Shah Yasmeen F. Shah
Northwestern University

Yasmeen F. Shah is obtaining her doctoral degree at Northwestern University. She has long been fascinated by the processes involved in converting non-verbal thought into a well-formed sentence, and her doctoral dissertation, an investigation of brain-language relationships in aphasic individuals, is a progression on this interest. The dissertation's specific aim is the creation of a neurolinguistic model that can be used to predict outcomes of therapy targeted at verb inflections in aphasic individuals. After completing her degree, she plans to pursue a research and teaching oriented career in speech-language pathology. Research in her area of interest is especially relevant, she believes, because the field is still in its infancy with regard to linking psycholinguistic theory to assessment and treatment techniques. As a teacher, Ms. Shah would stress the importance of adapting treatment techniques to fit the individual client and would advise students that there is no single cookbook recipe for the treatment of any speech disorder. She also hopes to contribute to policy-making within the field, promoting policies that give more freedom to clinicians and help bridge the gulf between clinicians and researchers.


Jennifer A. Sturm Jennifer A. Sturm
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Jennifer A. Sturm is obtaining her master's degree in speech-language pathology at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Upon completing the program, she would like to spend some time working with children in the public school system before returning to the University setting as a clinical supervisor. She decided to pursue a career in speech-language pathology after being favorably impressed by a speech-language pathologist's work with her son, who had been diagnosed with a speech and language disorder when he was two and a half years old. As a parent and future speech-language pathologist, the experience of being on both sides of the fence has given her a unique perspective and an empathetic understanding of the parents she will be working with down the road. She believes that her ability to counsel families and teach others through the example of her own experiences will be a great asset to her as a professional clinician. The help her son received from his speech-language pathologist has allowed him to grow into the happy, independent, productive child she hoped he would be. It is Ms. Sturm's hope that she will one day do the same for someone else's child.


Cari Tellis Cari Michelle Tellis
University of Pittsburgh

Cari Michelle Tellis is pursuing her doctoral degree at the University of Pittsburgh, where she intends to specialize in fluency and voice disorders. Upon completion of her doctoral work, she would like to teach at a University and continue with her research on fluency and voice disorders with an additional focus on the anatomy and physiology of speech and speech science. During her clinical fellowship, she was involved in the assessment and treatment of numerous vocal pathologies and gained experience in the acute care environment. Her ability to assess and treat voice disorders has benefited greatly, she believes, from her training as a classical and operatic singer. A major source of inspiration has been the story of her mother, who came to this country from Cuba when she was twelve years old. In school, her mother was placed in remedial classes and misdiagnosed with a disorder. Nobody had realized that she simply spoke a different language. Ms. Tellis realizes that things have changed, but also recognizes that there is still a substantial shortage of scientists working in the field. It is her professional ambition to be part of a combined effort to tap fresh talent and to inspire those who enter speech and hearing programs to enthusiastically pursue speech-language pathology as a career.


Nathan Welham Nathan Welham
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Nathan Welham is obtaining his doctoral degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His decision to enter the doctoral program was motivated by a desire to pursue a research-based career. Currently his major areas of interest are voice and genetics. A citizen of New Zealand, his master's thesis research focused on vocal fatigue in professional voice users and involved collaboration with the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art in New Zealand. In his doctoral work, he intends to pay particular attention to the genetic mechanisms that potentially underlie differences in laryngeal structure and function, susceptibility to disease and responses to treatment. The discipline of genetics, he believes, promises to permanently change how disorders in both speech-language pathology and audiology are understood and approached, and he is endeavoring to develop a knowledge and skill base in genetics that will allow him to make valuable research contributions to the field. As a student clinician in New Zealand, he had the opportunity to work with the Maori community (his godfather is a tribal elder) as part of a total cultural and linguistic immersion educational system. The experience taught him to account for cultural factors in adapting clinical knowledge to an individual client's needs.

2000

Awarded $4,000 Each

Elizabeth Collison Elizabeth A. Collison
University of Minnesota

Elizabeth Collison is pursuing her master's degree in both audiology and speech-language pathology at the University of Minnesota. By obtaining dual certification she hopes to better prepare herself for working with the hearing impaired population, specifically in aural rehabilitation. Ms. Collison's past endeavors as an undergraduate research assistant in both psychology and communication disorders have inspired her to one day pursue a doctoral degree. Upon completion of her degree she hopes to make great contributions in the areas of early identification of hearing loss and advancements in hearing aid and cochlear implant technology.

Brett Davies Brett Davies
University of Mississippi

Brett Davies is completing his master's degree at the University of Mississippi in audiology. There, his research is focused on the effects of age on the Precedence Effect in reverberant environments. Following graduation he hopes to join the United States Army in order to work with a variety of patients as part of a multi-disciplinary health care team. Mr. Davies' long-term goals include pursing a doctoral degree with the intent to one day teach at the university level.

Mary Ann Fenske Mary Ann Fenske
Wichita State University

Mary Ann Fenske is obtaining her doctoral degree from Wichita State University. She chose to pursue her degree following 14 years of working in an adult literacy program at a local community college. There, she wrote and administered grants to serve pregnant and parenting teens and their families. From her interest in serving maltreated children and their families, comes the focus of her doctoral dissertation. It focuses on providing information to support administrators, speech-language pathologists, and Early Head Start staff in meeting the mental health and communication needs of maltreated infants, toddlers, and their families. She hopes to use her degree to develop programs and head research projects that can provide better outcomes for children who have experienced traumatic environments.

Jennifer A. Larsen
University of Oregon

Jennifer Larsen is pursuing her doctoral degree at the University of Oregon. Upon practicing as a clinical speech-language pathologist for five years, she realized the need for providing evidence of treatment efficacy and new and innovative ways to serve clients more effectively, efficiently, and family-oriented. After obtaining her doctoral degree, Ms. Larsen plans to educate students and professionals in the area of family-centered, collaborative services, with hopes of seeking a university teaching position.

Nancy Manasse Nancy Manasse
University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Nancy Manasse is pursuing her doctoral degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her past work as a speech-language pathologist working with individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) sparked her interest in the recovery process experienced by this population. It also inspired Ms. Manasse to focus on improving the quality of life for TBI survivors and upon completion of her degree she plans to participate in outcome-based research studies on treatment efficacy. In addition, she hopes to work as a university professor and as a coordinator of support groups for young adult and adolescent survivors of TBI.

Susan Thibeault Susan L. Thibeault
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Susan Thibeault is obtaining her doctoral degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After five years of clinical work, providing services in cleft lip and palate/craniofacial anomalies in underdeveloped countries and serving as Instructor in the Department of Otolaryngology at the Medical University of South Carolina, she realized her desire to return to school. Ms. Thibeault wishes to teach and expand the knowledge in the field of communication disorders, specifically in her area of interest, voice disorders. With her doctoral degree, she hopes to foster the relationship between research and clinical application.

Darcia Tideman Darcia Marie Tideman
University of Iowa

Darcia Tidemann is pursuing her master's degree in audiology from the University of Iowa. As part of her graduate studies, she will be a trainee in the Iowa Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (ILEND) program, which provides clinical and leadership training to graduate students. As required by the ILEND traineeship, a leadership project must be completed. Hers will focus on universal hearing screening and follow-up services in the state of Iowa. Ms. Tidemann's long term goals include working with statewide programs for universal hearing screening and follow-up, expanding audiological services to rural areas, and advocating for special needs of children with multiple disabilities.

1999

Awarded $4,000 Each

Joshua M. Alexander
University of Wisconsin

Joshua M. Alexander is currently earning his masters degree in communicative disorders at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Personal experiences have inspired Mr. Alexander's eagerness to work with young, disadvantaged children in order to help them realize their fullest communicative potential. He has served as a tutor and mentor to family members exhibiting a learning disability and hopes to one day pursue a doctoral degree focused on language-based learning disabilities. Mr. Alexander's research interests include exploring how a deficit in language influences cognitive development to produce a learning disability in a child.

Sergei G. Boikov
Wayne State University

Sergei G. Boikov is completing his master's degree in audiology at Wayne State University in Michigan. Mr. Boikov practiced as a pediatrician for 16 years in his native country of Russia before traveling to the United States to participate in an international program in Neonatology. It is here where he decided to pursue audiology in place of the long licensure process to practice medicine in the United States. Mr. Boikov's professional passion is to work clinically with children with hearing impairments, and he has with a strong interest in further implementing and developing the national Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Program. His cultural background has influenced his development of materials for speech audiometry, which were designed for Russian speaking populations but will be applied by American audiologists. Mr. Boikov plans to remain in the United States to practice audiology upon completion of his degree.

Angela N. Burda
Wichita State University

Angela N. Burda is enrolled in Wichita State University's doctoral program in Communication Disorders. Ms. Burda has practiced as a speech-language pathologist in a variety of medical settings serving the adult neurogenic population. It is through this work that she realized the need for research on treatment efficacy in terms of functional outcomes. Ms. Burda returned to pursue this research interest as a doctoral student, specifically to investigate the functional outcomes of current adult neurogenic treatment practices. In addition, she hopes to develop supportive programs in universities in order to increase the numbers of bilingual individuals educated in speech-language pathology and audiology. Following completion of her doctoral degree, Ms. Burda wishes to pursue an academic position to provide support to individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Mary Jo C. Hidecker
Michigan State University

Mary Jo C. Hidecker is pursuing her doctoral degree in speech-language pathology at Michigan State University. Through her clinical work as a speech-language pathologist and audiologist, Ms. Hidecker has realized how crucial it is to bridge the gap between clinical work and research. She was inspired to return for doctoral work at Michigan State to focus on providing appropriate augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) to people with severe speech and language disorders. Ms. Hidecker is primarily interested in the role AAC may play in language acquisition and language recovery. She looks forward to making further contributions to the profession as a teacher, supervisor, and clinical researcher.

Fabiane M. Hirsch
University of Arizona

Fabiane M. Hirsch is in her last year at the University of Arizona's doctoral program for Speech and Hearing Sciences. Ms. Hirsch's primary interest lies in adult neurogenic communication disorders with specific research interests in brain-language relations and in clinical intervention strategies. She is currently involved in a project where functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is being used to clarify the location of neuronal activity associated with language tasks. Her additional research interest is in developing and determining the efficacy of new treatment approaches for language disorders, specifically on the quality of life of individuals who have aphasia. She has recently administered a new writing treatment protocol to aphasic patients in the Arizona Aphasic Clinic. Upon completion of her doctoral studies, Ms. Hirsch plans to pursue a position in an academic setting focusing her efforts on teaching and research, with continued clinical exposure.

Tyler S. Johnson
Gallaudet University

Tyler S. Johnson is in her second year in Gallaudet University's master's program in speech-language pathology. Through teaching English as a second language to elementary school-aged children in Japan, Ms. Johnson came to realize her passion. She recognizes the crucial nature of providing language opportunities to children during their first five years. Therefore, she hopes to work with pediatric deaf and hard-of-hearing populations. After obtaining her masters degree, Ms. Johnson plans to seek a position in either an early intervention program for recently diagnosed deaf and hard-of-hearing children and their families, or in an elementary education program for this population.

Roxana D. Lieberg
University of North Dakota

Roxana D. Lieberg is pursuing her master's degree at the University of North Dakota in speech-language pathology. Through Ms. Lieberg's participation in her son's Head Start program, she has recognized the need for family centered care, specifically in the field of speech-language pathology. Currently, she is conducting research in the area of early intervention and family-centered care in neonatal intensive care units. Ms. Lieberg plans to concentrate on the infant, toddler, and preschooler population. She hopes to serve as a speech-language pathologist for a Head Start program with a goal of helping children and their families grow and learn together.

Summer N. Smith
University of Washington

Summer N. Smith is enrolled in the University of Washington's masters program in speech-language pathology. Ms. Smith's passion for helping children and enhancing their quality of life evolved through her work as a tutor of elementary children with reading difficulties. As a volunteer, she has continued her endeavors to aid children through the Experimental Education Unit, where she works with typically developing children as well as those with special needs. Her primary interest lies in the early identification and management of children with speech and language disorders. Her ultimate goal upon completing her masters degree is to attain a position as a speech-language pathologist in a school, where she hopes to be a member of an interdisciplinary team that facilitates the treatment of disabilities in children.

1998

Awarded $4,000 Each

Kate Bunton
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Kate Bunton is currently attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison's doctoral program in communicative disorders. Her research interests encompass the areas of motor speech disorders and the effects of normal aging on speech production. Her previous work as a speech-language pathologist in an adult acute care and rehabilitation hospital allowed her to work closely with patients having a variety of communication impairments as a result of developmental and degenerative disorders. The facility emphasized functional care plans and allowed her to work on a multidisciplinary team to establish goals and treatment plans for her patients to facilitate success in their environment. Her work at the hospital made her realize the value of a communication system and inspired her to return to school to expand her knowledge in the field.

Ms. Bunton recognizes the importance of linking clinical experiences to research in order to meet future clinical challenges. Upon completing her doctoral program, she plans to help bridge the gap between the two by providing students with a strong background in the areas of basic science, such as anatomy, physiology, and the acoustic characteristics of speech.

Anthony DiLollo Anthony DiLollo
University of Memphis

Anthony Di Lollo is enrolled in the doctoral program of speech-language pathology at the University of Memphis. His interests include the assessment and treatment of fluency disorders and the applications of counseling in speech-language pathology. He is currently taking part in developing a protocol for the comprehensive assessment of stuttering in hopes of guiding clinicians toward effective counseling goals as well as behavioral and attitude assessment. Mr. Di Lollo enjoys teaching in the classroom and in the clinical setting. He is currently an instructor of an undergraduate course and is a graduate student supervisor in the Speech and Hearing Clinic. Upon completion of his doctoral degree, he hopes to continue his teaching and research at the university level.

Deborah Froelich Deborah Froelich
Wichita State University

Deborah Froelich is enrolled in Wichita State University's doctoral program in Communication Disorders and Sciences. She has a strong interest in multicultural issues in assessment and intervention with young children from culturally/linguistically diverse backgrounds, especially those of Asian descent. Ms. Froelich was a participant in a Project LIGHTS class, where she was trained to work with children with autism spectrum disorders, identifying their needs and providing intervention recommendations. Upon completing her degree, she hopes to improve speech-language services for children at a more global level by researching culturally appropriate assessment and intervention services and by training future clinicians to provide these services collaboratively.

Kathryn Kohnert-Rice Kathryn Kohnert-Rice
San Diego State University

Kathryn Kohnert-Rice is in her third year of study in the doctoral program of Language and Communicative Disorders offered jointly by the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University. She has a strong interest in language processing in bilingual individuals of all ages and has had the opportunity to conduct research with Spanish-English bilinguals using offline, online, and neuro-imaging methods. In her remaining years of study, Ms. Kohnert-Rice hopes to investigate the attentional aspects of cognitive interference and inhibition. Upon completion of her degree, she hopes to teach at the university level as well as continue her endeavors as a researcher to inform and advance clinical practice in the field of speech-language-pathology.

Julie Poelchau Julie Poelchau
University of Colorado, Boulder

Julie Poelchau is currently attending the University of Colorado-Boulder's master's program in speech-language pathology. As a singer, she desires to work with adult speech and voice clients. On the other hand, she also enjoys working with children and may pursue work with the Colorado school system. She intends to learn Spanish in hopes of serving Colorado's large Hispanic population. Ms. Poelchau's work with autistic children has made her realize the joy and benefit that augmentative and alternative communication can bring to the lives of non-verbal individuals. She hopes to someday serve this population as well. Upon completing her master's degree and practicing for a few years in the field, Ms. Poelchau plans to pursue a doctoral degree.

Saul Strieb Saul Strieb
University of Maryland

Saul Strieb is attending the University of Maryland's master's program in audiology. As a musician, he is aware of the detrimental effects noise can have on one's hearing and he has a strong interest in hearing conservation issues. To address these issues, Mr. Strieb intends to organize and participate in educational efforts to make children aware of the need to protect their hearing. He also hopes to participate in the implementation of a universal neonatal hearing screening by helping to research the effectiveness of testing, as well as pushing for legislation and funding for these screenings. Finally, as an audiologist, he intends to improve hearing concerns of the elderly by enhancing hearing aid and assistive listening device technology.

Kristine Yont Kristine Yont
Penn State University

Kristine Yont is a doctoral candidate at Pennsylvania State University's speech-language pathology program with an emphasis in child language development and disorders. Her strong interest in children's language development arose from her undergraduate studies in elementary and kindergarten education. Her employment at the Kennedy Krieger Institute of The Johns Hopkins Hospital allowed Ms. Yont to realize the relationship between her "two ultimate career goals," teaching and research. She engaged in home-based parent training to facilitate communication development in children with developmental disorders and completed presentations on language development. Ms Yount is currently a research assistant, developing protocols for collecting language samples and training undergraduate students to analyze and transcribe the samples on computerized programs.

1997

Awarded $4,000 Each

Beth D. Baldwin
The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

Maggie L. Huckabee
The University of Memphis

Jennifer M. Kerr
University of Washington

Elizabeth Lee-Hood
Boston University

Cindy Hui Toan Lian
University of Kansas, Lawrence

Amy Lustig
University of Pittsburgh

Mei-Yin Anita Wong
University of British Columbia

1996

Awarded $4,000 Each

E. Fiona Bailey
University of Arizona

Sharon S. Early
Ithaca College

Kathleen M. Hamilton
University of New Mexico

Barbara C. Mallen
University of Vermont

Sandhya Srinivasan
Purdue University

Diane L. Williams
Bowling Green State University

Katherine A. Wolf
Utah State University, Logan

1995

Awarded $ 4,000 Each

Sandra L. Ettema
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Michael Gottfried
University of Arizona

Kathleen F. Reilly
University of Colorado, Boulder

Paul Visvader
University of Colorado, Boulder

1994

Awarded $4,000 Each

Kelly D. Beens
Western Michigan University

John Hartman Cook
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Ruth Jenkins
Portland State University

Awarded $2,000 Each

Beth Lynn Macauley
University of Florida, Gainesville

Helen K. Mathison
University of Iowa

1993

Awarded $4,000 Each

Vidya Guhan
University of Wisconsin at Madison

Jennifer Lane
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Michelle Berezowski
University of Minnesota, Duluth

Julianna Harris
George Washington University

1992

Awarded $4,000 Each

Karen E. Cardoza
California State University, Fresno

Carolyn R. Carter
University of Washington

Kelley D. Reeves
Northeast Missouri State University

Jody C. Rosenbalm
University of Washington

1991

Awarded $4,000 Each

Anita D. Allebach
Illinois State University

Carol J. Manning
University of Nebraska, Omaha

Ralf W. Schlosser
Purdue University

Sylvia Winsby
San Jose State University

1990

Awarded $4,000 Each

Mark W. Allen
Northwestern University

Patricia Bjarnason
University of Washington

Jessica R. Harris
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Susan L. Nitzberg-Lott
George Washington University

1989

Awarded $2,000 Each

Lisa Carol Beckstrom
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Hadas Eyal
Emerson College

Kimberly Vogt Fisher
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Andrea M. Guarjardo
Queens College

Janice Halchishick
University of Georgia, Athens

Adena Honig
University of Pittsburgh

Elizabeth A. Jones
University of Connecticut

Kary S. Kublin
Florida State University

Karla Rae Lund
University of Northern Iowa

Christine E. Parton
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

1988

Awarded $2,000 Each

Stephanie Allen
University of Washington

Cara Maria Bartoli
University of Connecticut

Diane Tapley Brannon
Auburn University

Angela Lyons Bright
University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Susan Dietrich
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Patricia J. Foy
University of Vermont

Karen M. Gideon
University of Montana

Karen Halpern
Emerson College

Roberta L. Redinger
Gallaudet University

Jennifer Windsor
Purdue University

1987

Awarded $2,000 Each

Anna Elizabeth Ahlers
University of Florida

Jennie Lee Clark
University of the Pacific

Kevin Anthony Eldridge
Emerson College

Vicki L. Hammen
University of Washington

Sandra L. Graves
University of Georgia

Cheryl A. Harding
Northwestern University

Eloise Tenney Harris
University of Mississippi

Laura Sue Jennings
University of Colorado

Bharti Katbamna
University of Cincinnati

Janita Jo Patterson
University of Central Florida

Lisa Rae Sterling
University of Wisconsin

Tammie Rose Tyler
Murray State University

1986

Awarded $2,000 Each

Kimberly Anne Bryant
California State University, Sacramento

Lois Jeanne Gaier
Portland State University

Christopher F. Halpin
University of Virginia

Virginia Kallal
University of Colorado

Linda King
University of South Dakota

Alicia R. Schmidt
Kansas University Medical Center

Beth I. Solomon
Teachers College, Columbia University

Sheryl Y. Spriet
Utah State University

Maria Grazia Tessier
Northwestern University

Elizabeth R. Tyler
Ohio University

1985

Awarded $2,000 Each

Kenn Apel
Memphis State University

Marcia L. Brown
Howard University

Thomas Richard Crain
University of Minnesota

Susan M. Dederich
State University of New York, Buffalo

Joyce Lorraine Harris
University of Texas, Austin

Donald E. Hayes
State University of New York, Buffalo

James A.Henry
Portland State University

Nancy Nunley McKinley
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Linda Puccio
University of Illinois, Champaign

Christine Maria Weber
Purdue University

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