2013 Student Research Highlights

The fifth annual Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences Student Research Day was held April 24 in the Bioinformatics Building on UNC Chapel Hill’s campus.

2013 Student Research Highlights
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AuD student Alexandra Gery explains her research.

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Katie Loebner, MS-SLP student, and Megan Nosal, MS-SLP Class of 2013, at the Student Research Day.
The event included oral presentations by three SHS doctoral students and poster presentations by 18 students from the PhD, AuD, and MS-SLP programs.

Click here to download a pdf file of the abstract booklet.

Additional student research highlights

Bianca Gomez, AuD student, was awarded a Mentored Student Travel Award by the American Auditory Society and the National Institutes of Health (NIDCD).  Gomez’s project is titled “Energetic and informational masking of speech for Spanish/English bilingual children,” and her mentors are SHS faculty Drs. Lori Leibold and Lauren Calandruccio.

Dr. Sara Mamo (AuD Class of 2008, current PhD student) was awarded a New Century Scholars Doctoral Fellowship worth $10,000 by the American Speech, Language and Hearing Foundation.  Mamo conducts research under the mentorship of Dr. John Grose, Department of Otolaryngology.

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Hannah Hodson with Dr. Michael Gorga at Boys Town National Research Hospital.
Hannah Hodson (AuD student) is spending the summer at Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska, on an NIH/NIDCD T35 fellowship.

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Kevin Cunningham, MS-SLP Class of 2013, at the Student Research Day on April 24.
Kevin Cunningham (MS-SLP Class of 2013) received the UNC Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences' Robert W. Peters Award, which recognizes excellence in student research, and a Students Preparing for Academic and Research Careers (SPARC) Award from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) in 2012. Cunningham developed a research and teaching plan with UNC SHS faculty Katarina Haley and Adam Jacks, presented his work at the NC Speech Language Hearing Association convention, and is working on a first-authored manuscript about the project. He has also received funding to present his work at the 2013 ASHA convention in November.