SHS student a semifinalist in Image of Research competition

Savannah Hubly, a master's student in the Speech and Hearing Sciences department of the College of Applied Health Sciences, was chosen as a semifinalist in the “Image of Research 2019—Grad Edition” event sponsored by the Graduate College.

Hubly was chosen for her image entitled, "Transgender Voice and Personal Identity."

The image Hubly created is an illustration of a crucial body part that we use every day to communicate: the larynx. The colors of this particular larynx are light pink and light blue, which are the same colors as the transgender flag, she said.

Also referred to as the “voice box,” the larynx stores the vocal folds. Vocal folds are responsible for producing sound and allow us to change the pitch and volume of our voices. While many likely do not consciously think about their voices on a regular basis, individuals in the transgender community often feel their given voices do not match their identities.

Many transgender individuals seek speech therapy in order to learn how to alter their pitch and volume to align more closely with their preferred gender and identity, Hubly said. Hubly’s research included exploring the relationship between voice and identity in the transgender community.

She conducted a literature review in order to better understand factors that contribute to the underpinnings of vocal identity as well as the barriers that make it challenging to develop a vocal identity.

You can see the full exhibition on April 3, 4-5:30 p.m. in room 220 of the Main Library.

The "Image of Research" is offered in partnership with Scholarly Commons of the University Library, the Graduate College, and the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Awards for First Prize ($500), Second Prize ($300), Third Prize ($200), and Honorable Mention ($100) will be announced at the reception. The winner of the People's Choice will receive a $100 award. All awards are dispersed as professional development travel funds.

For details about the competition, see The Image of Research website.