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Stacey Kane, a PhD student in the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, has received a $10,000 American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation New Century Scholars Doctoral Scholarship. The award was conferred during the ASHFoundation’s virtual awards ceremony held on November 21, 2020.

Stacey Kane, AuD
Stacey Kane, AuD

The scholarship supports doctoral students who are committed to a teacher-investigator career in communication sciences and disorders discipline.

Kane specializes in pediatric audiology, with an interest in clinical interventions for children with auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder. She completed her undergraduate studies and doctoral studies in audiology at Washington University in St. Louis.

“To see and know the names of people who have also received this award, I felt really honored and humbled at the same time,” Kane said. “These are folks I’ve interactive with personally and professionally.”

Kane said she is grateful for mentorship from Emily Buss, PhD, and John Grose, PhD, whom she said have been supportive and encouraging during her time as a student.

“They’ve encouraged me to look for and go after opportunities,” Kane said.

The ASHFoundation is a charitable organization that promotes a better quality of life for children and adults with communication disorders. The ASHFoundation is affiliated with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, a membership organization representing audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students.

Kane said the funding will fund educational expenses, in addition to helping her maintain a work-life balance.

About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHFoundation)

The ASHFoundation supports innovators and sparks innovation in the communication sciences. The foundation provides resources for promising researchers, students, and professionals exploring bold ideas and forward-thinking solutions to improve the lives of people with hearing, speech, language, and swallowing disorders.

The Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences is housed in the Department of Allied Health Sciences at the UNC School of Medicine.