American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Students Preparing for Academic and Research Careers (SPARC) Award Recipients

The SPARC Award is offered as part of ASHA's Strategic Objective to Increase Research Commitment. The goal of SPARC is to foster students' interest in the pursuit of PhD education and careers in academia in order to fill faculty/researcher vacancies in communication sciences and disorders (CSD). It allows students to prepare for successful PhD education and exciting careers in research and teaching. The SPARC Award gives students an opportunity to participate in teaching and research with guidance from a mentor and travel to enhance teaching and research exposure.

2014 Recipients

Marren Brooks, University of South Carolina
Primary Mentor: Krystal Werfel
Teaching Activity: Develop and deliver a guest lecture in her undergraduate phonetics course
Research Interest: Study effectiveness of tablets verses flashcards in articulation therapy

Lindsay Cardinali, CUNY Queens College
Primary Mentor: Megan Dunn Davison
Teaching Activity: Attend Teaching Strategies course, prepare experiential learning activities
Research Interest: Access, search, and analyze data on academic, language, and behavior outcomes of children due to temporary or prolonged homelessness

Brittany Krekeler, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Primary Mentor: Nadine Connor
Teaching Activity: Develop integrative computer based activities for voice course
Research Interest: Age related changes in deglutition – a rat model

Mardee Kohlmann, Eastern Michigan University
Primary Mentor: Sara Ginsberg
Teaching Activity: Design continuing education forum that is pedagogically sound
Research Interest: Design a framework using communication partners for a qualitative study

Megan McDonald, University of Cincinnati
Primary Mentor: Karla Washington
Teaching Activity: Guest lecturing in a Language Disorders in Early Childhood (LDEC) course
Research Interest: Validation of the Intelligibility in Context Scale – Jamaican Creole

Amanda Musso, Louisiana State University, Health Sciences Center
Primary Mentor: Annette Hurley
Teaching Activity: Guest lecture "Issues in Communication Disorders Course"
Research Interest: Determine the carrier frequency of Usher Syndrome USH1C gene mutation in Louisiana

Kara Oksanen, Miami University
Primary Mentor: Amber Franklin
Teaching Activity: Assisting with development and maintenance of an online phonetics course
Research Interest: Examine listener ratings of vowels produced by Japanese, Korean, and Spanish English Language Learners

Kelly Ann Pena, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Primary Mentor: Margarita Kaushanskaya
Teaching Activity: Assist with syllabus design and teaching objectives for language development course
Research Interest:  New vocabulary meaning acquisition in the context of reading activities, between monolingual English-speaking and Spanish-English bilingual children

Alexandra Perrault, University of Cincinnati
Primary Mentor: Aimee Dietz
Teaching Activity: Serve as a teaching Assistant for Exploring Communication Disorders through Media and Literature course
Research Activity: Study social validity of a novel AAC intervention applied in a group of people with chronic aphasia

Lei Su, Northwestern University
Primary Mentor: Megan Roberts
Teaching Activity: Develop guest lecture materials and participate at New TA Conference (NTAC) at Searle Center for Advanced Learning and Teaching
Research Interest: Identify factors that give rise to possible disparity between prelinguistic learning environment in children with and without hearing loss

Emily Thompson, University of Connecticut
Primary Mentor: Rachel Theodore
Teaching Activity: Develop tutorials for showcasing EEG and MRI Research Methods for interdisciplinary course
Research Interest: Examine perceptual learning in adults with dyslexia

Previous Recipients

2013

Kenia De Los Santos, Iona College
Primary Mentor: Alison Behrman

Michelle Erskine, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Primary Mentor: Jan Edwards

Laura Friedman, University of Maryland, College Park
Primary Mentor: Yasmeen Faroqi-Shah

Diondra Maestas, University of New Mexico
Primary Mentor: Phyllis Palmer      

Cornetta Mosley, University of Washington
Primary Mentor: Jessica Sullivan

Callie Muri, University of Texas, Dallas
Primary Mentor: Raúl Rojas

Jillian Nyswonger, East Carolina University
Primary Mentor: Jamie Perry

Jamie Ragsdale, University of New Mexico
Primary Mentor: Cathy Binger

Kristin VanWyngaarden, University of Nebraska, Omaha
Primary Mentor: Shari DeVeney

Caitlin Ryan, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Primary Mentor: Lyn Turkstra

2012

Erin Archibald, Northeastern University
Primary Mentor: Rupal Patel

Susan Baughman, University of Maryland–College Park
Primary Mentor: Yasmeen Faroqi-Shah

Devon Brunson, University of Maryland
Primary Mentor: Rochelle Newman

Caitlin Cummings, The Ohio State University
Primary Mentor: Rebecca McCauley

Kevin Cunningham, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill
Primary Mentor: Katarina Haley

Maria Josefina Fernandez, George Washington University
Primary Mentor: Cynthia Core

Carrie Anderson Kenny, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Primary Mentor: Karen Hux

Tristan Mahr, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Primary Mentor: Jan Edwards

Megan McKenna, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Primary Mentor: Pamela Hadley

Jessie Shives Patterson, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Primary Mentor: Julie Honaker

2011

Shrutee Bhatt, Louisiana State University
Primary Mentor: Annette Hurley, Louisiana State University

Felicidad Garcia, Teachers CollegeColumbia University
Primary Mentor: Karen Froud, Teachers CollegeColumbia University

Christopher Garron, University of Massachusetts–Amherst
Primary Mentor: Sarah Poissant, University of MassachusettsAmherst

Jennifer Lee, Texas State University
Primary Mentor: Alisha Richmond, Texas State University

Ryan Millager, Vanderbilt University
Primary Mentor: Edward Conture, Vanderbilt University

Sarah Panjwani, University of Texas–Austin
Primary Mentor: Li Cheng, University of TexasAustin

Chelsea Pettibone, Northeastern University
Primary Mentor: Kevin Reilly, Northeastern University

Stefanie Rutledge, Indiana University
Primary Mentor: Laura Murray, Indiana University

Joseph Smith, University of South Alabama
Primary Mentor: Kellie Evans, University of South Alabama

Joanne White, Vanderbilt University
Primary Mentor: Melanie Schuele, Vanderbilt University 

2010

Christopher Bolinger, Texas Tech University
Primary Mentor: James Dembowski, Texas Tech University

Melissa Boone, Marquette University
Primary Mentor: Steven Long, Marquette University

Stephanie Davidson, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Primary Mentor: Tiffany Hogan, University of NebraskaLincoln

Lauren Eisenband, Vanderbilt University
Primary Mentor: Melanie Schuele, Vanderbilt University

Tamika LeRay, Emerson College
Primary Mentor: Belinda Fusté-Herrmann, Emerson College

Andre Lindsey, University of TexasAustin
Primary Mentor: Joyce Harris, University of TexasAustin

Jaime Moore, University of WisconsinMadison
Primary Mentor: Susan Thibeault, University of WisconsinMadison

Stacey Rimikis, Queens CollegeCUNY
Primary Mentor: Lauren Calandruccio, Queens CollegeCUNY

Ryan Sovinski, University of WisconsinMadison
Primary Mentor: Jan Edwards, University of WisconsinMadison

Christine Williams, Vanderbilt University
Primary Mentor: Bernard Rousseau, Vanderbilt University

Ashley Woodall, University of TexasAustin
Primary Mentor: Chang Liu, University of TexasAustin

Samantha Zickefoose, University of NebraskaLincoln
Primary Mentor: Karen Hux, University of NebraskaLincoln
Research Interest: Acquired language and cognitive disorders—attention remediation for severe TBI survivors

2009

Katherine Alexander, Northeastern University
Primary Mentor: Rupal Patel, Northeastern University

Gina Capri, University of Oregon
Primary Mentor: Cecilia Kirk, University of Oregon

Page Carriveau, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Primary Mentor: Julie Washington, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Julia Csillag, Teacher's College, Columbia University
Primary Mentor: Karen Froud, Teacher's College, Columbia University

Kathleen Dougherty, Northeastern University
Primary Mentor: Kevin Reilly, Northeastern University

Jessica Eickhoff, University of Washington
Primary Mentor: Stacy Betz, University of Washington

Allison Gish, Louisiana State University
Primary Mentor: Melda Kunduk, Louisiana State University

Nicola Jones, University of South Florida
Primary Mentor: Elaine Silliman, University of South Florida

Tiffany Jones, Florida State University
Primary Mentor: Ramonda Horton-Ikard, Florida State University

Amanda Schramski, Eastern Michigan University
Primary Mentor: Sarah Ginsberg, Eastern Michigan University

2008

Kyle Wilson, Syracuse University
Primary Mentor: Beth A. Prieve, Syracuse University

Catherine McNab, Northeastern University
Primary Mentor: Rupal Patel, Northeastern University

Katherine Michael Belardi, Duquesne University
Primary Mentor: Diane L. Williams, Duquesne University

Sara Robinson, University of Northern Colorado
Primary Mentor: Julie A. Hanks, University of Northern Colorado

Kaylah Lynn Lalonde, Louisiana State University
Primary Mentor: Brittan A. Barker, Louisiana State University

Johanna M. Hassink, Purdue University
Primary Mentor: Oliver Wendt, Purdue University

Anna Lineback, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Primary Mentor: C. Melanie Schuele, Vanderbilt University

Doris Marie Leeper, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Primary Mentor: Julie A. Washington, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Allison Schaser, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Primary Mentor: Nadine P. Connor, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Meghan E. Matthews, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Primary Mentor: Susan Ellis Weismer, University of Wisconsin–Madison

2007

Pamela Campellone, Northeastern University
Primary Mentor: Rupal Patel, Northeastern University

Lauren Candia, University of Texas at Dallas
Primary Mentor: Hanna Ulatowska, University of Texas at Dallas

Julie Carey, University of Arizona
Primary Mentor: Julie Barkmeier-Kraemer, University of Arizona

Beth Friedman, Pennsylvania State University
Primary Mentor: Maya Misra, Pennsylvania State University

Theresa Herbert, University of South Florida
Primary Mentor: Elaine Silliman, University of South Florida

Amanda Hettenhausen, Saint Louis University
Primary Mentor: Travis Threats, Saint Louis University

Mara Kapsner, University of Washington
Primary Mentor: Tanya Eadie, University of Washington

Kelley Kendrick, Vanderbilt University
Primary Mentor: C. Melanie Schuele, Vanderbilt University

Kelly Morgan, University of Washington
Primary Mentor: Kristie Spencer, University of Washington

Melissa Randazzo, Teacher's College, Columbia University
Primary Mentor: Karen Froud, Teacher's College, Columbia University

Heather Steffy, Eastern Michigan University
Primary Mentor: Lizbeth Stevens, Eastern Michigan University

Krystal Werfel, Vanderbilt University
Primary Mentor: C. Melanie Schuele, Vanderbilt University 

2006

Aaron Johnson, Rush University
Mentor: Gail Kempster, Rush University

Andrea Boh, University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire
Mentor: Linda Carpenter, University of WisconsinEau Claire

Cory Portnuff, University of Colorado at Boulder
Mentor: Kathryn Arehart, University of Colorado at Boulder

Carolyn Potts, Eastern Michigan University
Mentor: Sara Ginsberg, Eastern Michigan University

Anna Clark, University of Colorado at Boulder
Mentor: Donald Finan, University of Colorado at Boulder

Heather Frost, Case Western Reserve University
Mentor: Stacey Williams, Case Western Reserve University

Christina Kuo, University of WisconsinMadison
Mentor: Gary Weismer, University of WisconsinMadison

Nicole Beck, Hofstra University
Mentor: Ronald Bloom, Hofstra University

Meredith Oakey, Vanderbilt University
Mentor: Ralph Ohde, Vanderbilt University

2005

Alyson Abel, Vanderbilt University
Mentor: Clare Melanie Schuele, Vanderbilt University

Meghan Burchfield, University of Tennessee
Mentor: Maria L Munoz, University of Tennessee

Meghan Darling, Purdue University
Mentor: Jessica Huber, Purdue University

Teresa Domrzalski, California State University–Sacramento
Mentor: Laureen O'Hanlon, California State University–Sacramento

Theresa Gugger, University of Buffalo
Mentor: Geralyn Timler, University at Buffalo

Susan Hickey, University of South Alabama
Mentor: Robert Moore, University of South Alabama

Corinne Juhasz, University of Connecticut
Mentor: Bernard Grela, University of Connecticut

Tricia Kostner, Rush University
Mentor: Richard Peach, Rush University Medical Center

Angelique Lapeyre, Loyola College in Maryland
Mentor: Marie Keirns, Loyola College in Maryland

Sarah Sheridan, New York University
Mentor: Alison Behrman, New York University

Jenna Silver, University of Florida
Mentor: James Harnsberger, University of Florida

Anne Stilwell, University of Oregon
Mentor: McKay Moore Sohlberg, University of Oregon

Caroline Streppa, Univeristy of Virginia
Mentor: Laura Justice Curry, University of Virginia

2004

Rick Arenas, University of Iowa
Primary Mentor: Patricia M. Zebrowski

Karen Marie Barako, Vanderbilt University
Primary Mentor: C. Melanie Schuele

David Bradley Davis, Louisiana State University Health Science Center
Primary Mentor: Robert Turner

Jill Kalat Dolata, University of Texas at Austin
Primary Mentor: Barbara L. Davis

Monique Fees, University of Kansas
Primary Mentor: Steven M. Barlow

Renee Fisher, Hofstra University
Primary Mentor: Ronald L. Bloom

Darlene Foster, University of Maryland–College Park
Primary Mentor: Nan Bernstein Ratner

Daniel E. Hack, Ohio State University
Primary Mentor: Lawrence L. Feth

Laura Hardy, University of Washington
Primary Mentor: Kristie A. Spencer

Suzie Catherine Ip, Pace University–Sara Lawrence College
Primary Mentor: Abbey L. Berg

Erin Jenison, Purdue University
Primary Mentor: Jessica E. Huber

Jennifer Maybee, University of Colorado at Boulder
Primary Mentor: Lorraine Ramig

Erline Vieira Nakano, University of South Florida
Primary Mentor: Jacqueline J. Hinckley

Heather Marie Short, Northern Illinois University
Primary Mentor: Pamela A. Hadley

Anna K. Thurmes, University of Minnesota
Primary Mentor: Karlind T. Moller

Rebecca Joy Traen, Rush University
Primary Mentor: Gail B. Kempster

Julie Martinez Verhoff, University of Texas at Dallas
Primary Mentor: Emily A. Tobey

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