Shraddha Shende, Verónica Vidal Velasco, Lydia Nguyen Receive Awards

Speech and Hearing Science Ph.D. student Shraddha Shende received the Audiology/Hearing Science Research Travel Award, while SHS Ph.D. student Verónica Vidal Velasco and associate professor Laura DeThorne earned the Research Mentoring-Pair Travel Award to facilitate their trips to the 2017 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention in Los Angeles in November.

Shraddha’s research interests are in understanding and discovering links between hearing loss and cognition in the aging population, hoping to discover techniques that may help improve cognitive perceptions among older adults with hearing loss. Verónica is interested in children’s communication acquisition, specifically the pragmatic aspects of communication and social interaction in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. She and Prof. DeThorne will be attending the day-long symposium focused on advances in autism research as part of their trip to the ASHA convention.

Also, neuroscience Ph.D. student Lydia Nguyen, whose faculty mentor is SHS assistant professor Raksha Mudar, earned the Saffran Student Scholar Award for the 12th Annual Eleanor M. Saffran Conference on Cognitive Neuroscience and Rehabilitation of Communication Disorders in September.

Verónica Vidal Velasco

SHS Ph.D. student Verónica Vidal Velasco

Shraddha Shende

Speech and Hearing Science Ph.D. student Shraddha Shende


Lydia Nguyen

 Neuroscience Ph.D. student Lydia Nguyen