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Student Research Grant in Early Childhood Language Development
Recipients

Master's and doctoral students in communication sciences and disorders desiring to conduct research in early childhood language development are eligible to compete for the Student Research Grant in Early Childhood Language Development for a proposed one-year study. Supported in part by the Arlene and Noel Matkin Memorial Fund.

2016

Awarded $2,000 each

Horvath_2016_SRG-ECLSabrina Horvath
PhD Candidate
Boston University
Mentor: Sudha Arunachalam
"Verb Learning Mechanisms in Late-to-Talk Two-Year Olds"

McDaniel_2016_SRG-ECLJena C. McDaniel
PhD Candidate
Vanderbilt University
Mentor: Stephen Camarata
"Comparison of Audiovisual and Auditory-Only Conditions for a Receptive Word Learning Intervention for Children With Cochlear Implants"


2015

Awarded $2,000 each

2015-Imgrund-SRG-ECLCaitlin M. Imgrund
PhD Candidate
University of Kansas
Mentor: Diane Loeb
"Expressive and Receptive Morphosyntax in Preschoolers Born Preterm"

2015-Quinn-SRG-ECLEmily D. Quinn
PhD Candidate
Vanderbilt University
Mentor: Ann Kaiser
"Teaching Graphic Symbols to Preschoolers Who Require AAC Using Aided AAC Modeling During Small Group Instruction"

2015-Therrien-SRG-ECLMichelle Therrien
PhD Candidate
Pennsylvania State University
Mentor: Janice Light
"Effects of a Social Interaction Intervention on the Communicative Turns of Preschool-Aged Children With Complex Communication Needs in Peer Interaction"


2014

Awarded $2,000

2014_Weiler_SRG_ECLBrian Weiler
PhD Candidate
Vanderbilt University
Mentor: C. Melanie Schuele
"Participle-ed: The Role of Argument Structure and Interpretation"


2013

Awarded $2,000 each

2013_Arndt_SRG_ECLKaren Barako Arndt
PhD Candidate
Vanderbilt University
Mentor: C. Melanie Schuele
"Elicited Production of Complement Taking Verbs Across Complement Clause Types in Typically Developing Preschool Children"

2013_Medina_SRG_ECLAmelia Medina
PhD Candidate
New Mexico State University
Mentor: Deborah Rhein
"Comparing Treatment Effects for Young Bilinguals with Language Impairment"


2012

Awarded $2,000 each

2012 Harwood - SRG ECLVanessa M. Harwood
PhD Candidate
University of Connecticut
Mentors: Bernard Grela and Jonathan Preston
"Neutral Correlates of Speech Perception in Typically Developing and Late Talking Toddlers: Can ERP and Non-word Repetition Aid in Identification of Risk?"

2012 Schmitt - SRG ECLMary Beth Schmitt
PhD Candidate
Ohio State University
Mentor: Laura Justice
"Treatment Dosage, Child Engagement and Treatment Impacts for Children with Language Disorders"


2011

Awarded $2,000 each

2011_Lund_EmilyEmily Lund
Vanderbilt University
Research Mentor: C. Melanie Schuele
"Effects of Explicit Word Learning Practice on the Fast-Mapping Skills of Children"


2011_MeyersChristina Meyers
University of Arizona
Research Mentor: Elena Plante
"Design and Validation of a Parent Report Measure of Bilingual Language Input to Infants Exposed to Spanish and English"


2010

Awarded $2,000

2010StudentResearchGrantChildhoodLanguage-JohannaHassinkJohanna M. Hassink
Purdue University
Mentors: Oliver Wendt and Laurence B. Leonard
"Effects of the Cycles Approach on Phonological Remediation: A Single-Subject Research Study"


2009

Awarded $2,000

2009StudentResearchGrantChildhoodLanguage-KrystalWerfelKrystal L. Werfel
Vanderbilt University
Mentor: C. Melanie Schuele
"Phonological Awareness Training in Children with Hearing Loss"


2008

Awarded $2,000 each

Kathryn Wright Brady Kathryn Wright Brady
University of Missouri
Mentor: Judith C. Goodman
"Clues to Meaning: Exploring Potential Effects of Paired, Congruent Cues on Toddlers' Word Learning"


Dawn Vogler-Elias Dawn Vogler-Elias
University of Buffalo
Mentor: Geralyn Timler
"A Shared Storybook Reading Intervention for Preschoolers with Autism"


2007

Awarded $2,000 each

Jonathan L. Preston Jonathan L. Preston
Syracuse University
Mentor: Mary Louise Edwards
"Preliminary Investigation of a Weighted Measure of Speech Sound Accuracy"


Elizabeth Spencer Elizabeth Spencer
Vanderbilt University
Mentor: C. Melanie Schuele
"Part-Term Learning in Children with Low Vocabulary"


2006

Awarded $2,000 each

Ling-yu Guo Ling-yu Guo
University of Iowa
Mentors: J. Bruce Tomblin, Amanda Owen
"Acquisition of Copula and Auxiliary BE in English-Speaking Children"


Susanna M. Vargas Susanna M. Vargas
Indiana University
Mentor: Raquel T. Anderson
"Use of Direct Object Clitic Pronouns by Young Spanish-Speakers"
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2005

Awarded $2,000 each

Anna V. Sosa Anna V. Sosa
University of Washington
Mentor: Carol Stoel-Gammon
"Lexical Effects in Early Phonological Acquisition"


2004

Awarded $2,000 each

Lu-Chun Lin Lu-Chun Lin
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Mentor: Cynthia J. Johnson
"Effects of Early English Education on Phonological Awareness and Language Development of Mandarin-English Bilingual Children"


2003

Awarded $2,000 each

Janet Ford
Syracuse University
Mentor: Linda S. Milosky
"Construction of Emotional Inferences When Developing Mental Representations"

2002

Awarded $2,000 each

Madhavi L. Chelluri, Purdue University Madhavi L. Chelluri
Purdue University
Mentor: Aimee M. Surprenant
"Processing of Speech and Non-Speech Stimuli in Children With Specific Language Impairment"


2001

Awarded $2,000 each

Joan Furey Joan E. Furey
University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign
Mentor: Ruth V. Watkins
"The Growth of Early Phonological and Lexical Development: A Longitudinal Investigation in Children From Low- and Middle-Income Families"


2000

Awarded $2,000 each

Peggy F. Jacobson, City University of New York Graduate Center Peggy F. Jacobson
City University of New York Graduate Center
Mentor: Richard J. Schwartz
"Regular and Irregular Past Tense in Early Sequential Bilingual Children With Specific Language Impairment"


1999

Awarded $2,000 each

Geralyn R. Timler, University of Washington Geralyn R. Timler
University of Washington
Mentor: Lesley B. Olswang
"Investigation of Social Communication Skills in School-Age Children With Alcohol-Related Disabilities"


1998

Awarded $2,000 each

Laura Justice Laura Justice
Ohio University
Mentor: Helen K. Ezell
"Stimulating Children's Metalinguistic Awareness Through Parent Intervention"


1997

Awarded $2,000

Kathy J. Jakielski
University of Texas at Austin
Mentor: Barbara L. Davis
"Motor Organization in the Acquisition of Consonant Clusters"

1996

Awarded $2,000

Shelley Gray
University of Arizona
Mentor: Linda Swisher
"Vocabulary Deficits in in Children With specific Language Impairment: The Identification Accuracy of Norm-Referenced Tests and a Language-Learning Task"

1995

Awarded $2,000

Linda J. Hesketh
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Mentor: Susan E. Weismer
"Toddlers' Learning of Synonymous Verbs: Is There Evidence for a Mutual Exclusivity Bias?"

1994

No Award

1993

Awarded $1,000

Teresa Ukrainetz McFadden
University of Texas at Austin
"The Conceptual Basis of Emergent Literacy: Children Preserving Stories"

1992

Awarded $1,000

Catherine Laszlo
Portland State University
"Phonological Awareness Skills in Late Talkers"

1991

Awarded $1,000

Susan I. Kemp-Fincham
University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign
"Indices of Sensorimotor Processes in 20 34-Month-Old Toddlers' Phonological Development"

1990

Awarded $1,000

Rita L. Bauersmith
Portland State University
"Story Retelling Skills as an Indicator of Persistent Language Delays in Pre-school Children"

1989

Awarded $1,000

Barbara Byrd Fazio
Indiana University
"Conceptual and Linguistic Factors Associated With Young Language-Impaired Children's Counting Abilities"

1988

Awarded $1,000

Diane Frome Loeb
Purdue University
"The Development of Subject Roles in Normally Developing and Language-Impaired Children"

1987

Awarded $1,000

Barbara J. Kiernan
University of Arizona
"Bilingual and Monolingual Vocabulary Learning by Predominantly Navajo-Speaking, Preschool Children"

1986

Awarded $1,000

Kiyoshi Otomo
University of Washington
"Development of Certain Vowels in Early Meaningful Speech of Children 20 to 32 Months of Age"

1985

Awarded $1,000

Patricia Sorenson
University of Western Ontario
"Facilitating Vocabulary Acquisition in Preschool Language-Impaired Children: An Evaluation of the Informativeness Principle as a Clinical Procedure"

1984

Awarded $1,000

Elizabeth Heublein
University of Colorado
"Analysis of Child Language Use in Natural Conversations"

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