Doctoral Students Receive ASHFoundation Scholarships
Anna Tendera and Martha Sherrill, Ph.D. students in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science, have each received a $5000 scholarship from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation as part of the Foundation's "2016 Graduate Student Scholarship" competition. These highly competitive scholarships are available to master’s and doctoral students studying communications sciences and disorders.
Anna Tendera's research examines speech disfluency from a multimodal perspective. Her current projects integrate aspects of developmental linguistics with stuttering research to explore the relationship between grammatical encoding and speech rate in young children. She hopes to contribute to greater insight into the emergence of stuttering.
Martha Sherrill was also a recipient of this scholarship. As a former speech-language pathologist practicing in medical settings across the country, Martha specialized in treating adults with communication disorders as a result of brain injuries, such as strokes or traumas. While rehabilitation efforts often focus narrowly on targeting impairments in the early weeks and months after an injury, individuals and families continue to work on reorganizing and adapting their communication practices long after they leave the formal rehabilitation process. Her research focuses on continued improvement of language patterns of people with brain injuries long after formal rehabilitation ends. Her current project focuses on the use of Animal Assisted Therapy and the support that family and community can provide for patients recovering from chronic language impairments.
For more information about the awards, visit the Foundation's scholarship website.