Dinger and McFarlane-Blake Recognized by Graduate College
Zora McFarlane-Blake, who is pursuing a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology, has been recognized for excellence by the Graduate College. Zora served as a teaching assistant for Community Partners and Health, an undergraduate service learning course, and mentored first-year Speech-Language Pathology students at the Urbana Head Start program. She will present her master’s research at the 2017 convention of the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing in April.
Zoe Dinger, who is pursuing a doctor of audiology degree, was also selected for excellence recognition by the Graduate College. Zoe is in the first year of the AuD program, and already has three second-author publications in peer-reviewed journals (2016 and 2017), and one first-author conference presentation at a national meeting (ASHA 2015 in Denver). She is currently involved in research in the lab of Dr. Ian Mertes. Zoe is interested in central auditory processing, with plans to work as a Humanitarian Audiologist and learn more about the accessibility of audiological services both stateside and internationally.
Zora and Zoe’s achievements will be recognized by the Office of Educational Equity Programs (EEP) during a Recognition Ceremony & Reception "In Honor of Illinois URM Graduate Students: A Celebration of Excellence in Graduate Education" on Monday, April 3, 2017.