Peters Award for Excellence in Research Endowment Created

Sheila Barnett and Colin Peters have funded the Robert W. Peters Award for Excellence in Research Endowment at the Medical Foundation of NC to honor their late father.

Peters Award for Excellence in Research Endowment Created click to enlarge UNC Speech and Hearing Sciences Division Director Jack Roush and Sheila Barnett, daughter of the late Robert W. Peters, at the Allied Health Sciences Scholarships and Awards Brunch on November 3, 2012.

Dr. Peters joined the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1969 and founded the Institute of Speech and Hearing Sciences, which later became a division in the Department of Allied Health Sciences. Dr. Peters chaired the academic program in speech and hearing until 1981 and taught coursework in psychoacoustics, fluency disorders, and research design.

Dr. Peters’ research focused on auditory and speech perception, sensation and perception, and stuttering. He later became a professor at the University of Southern Mississippi where he served as Departmental Chair of Speech and Hearing Sciences and as Research Administrator for the University. In 1981 and 1982 he was a Visiting Research Scholar in the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Cambridge in England.

The Division greatly appreciates the generosity of Sheila and Colin to honor their father in this very important way.  The Peters Award for Excellence in Research will be presented biannually to a deserving UNC-Chapel Hill Speech and Hearing Sciences faculty member who demonstrates excellence in research or research mentoring in speech and hearing science.  The first Peters Award will be presented in 2014.