Ning Hsu Awarded Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Ning Hsu

Ning Hsu, a doctoral student in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science, has been awarded the Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the Graduate College.   Forty-five departments from across campus submitted a total of 74 nominations and, of those, 29 nominations from 27 departments were selected for awards. 

The competition included two stages of review.  Each nomination was first reviewed by one of the Fellowship Board’s four Area Committees, then finalists were reviewed by the Executive Committee.  Each Area Committee is comprised exclusively of faculty members; the Executive Committee is comprised of faculty along with two graduate students. The Graduate College's Dissertation Completion Fellowships help outstanding students complete the doctoral degree by providing a one-year stipend of $20,000, along with coverage of tuition, service fee, health service fee, AFMFA fee, library fee, and basic dental and vision coverage.  In addition, the Fellow will receive partial payment of the graduate student health insurance fee per semester. 

The intent is to free Fellows from assistantships and other work obligations, allowing them to devote themselves full-time to the completion of the dissertation. The criteria used in making the awards include the significance of the research, as reflected in the nominee’s proposal and the letters of support, the student's productivity and efficient progress toward the degree as shown in the academic record, and the likelihood that the student will defend and deposit the dissertation by August 2017.

Ning’s research interests involve language development throughout childhood and developmental language disorders. She is particularly interested in studying language development and the potential trait markers of language disorders with a cross-language perspective between Mandarin and English.

Congratulations, Ning, on this outstanding honor!