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. The SPARC has been awrded since 2004.

2016 Recipients

Shealyn Ashby, University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign
Primary Mentor: Marie Channell

Hannah Burton, Eastern Michigan University
Primary Mentor: Sarah Ginsberg

Courtney Craft, University of Central Arkansas
Primary Mentor: Brent Gregg

Sidorela Doci, Syracuse University
Primary Mentor: Kathy Vander Werff

Steven Gianakas, University of Washington
Primary Mentor: Matthew Winn

Amanda Good, Oklahoma State University
Primary Mentor: Peter Richtsmeier

Abby Isabelle, University of Missouri
Primary Mentor: Mili Kuruvilla-Dugdale

Rebekah Keith, University of Tennessee–Knoxville
Primary Mentor: Jillian McCarthy Maeder

Zora McFarlane-Blake, University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign
Primary Mentor: Pamela Hadley

Jacob McKinley, University of Missouri
Primary Mentor: Mili Kuruvilla-Dugdale

Susie Nam, University of Oregon
Primary Mentor: Samantha Shune

Lauren Renken, New Mexico State University
Primary Mentor: Srikanta Mishra

Jennifer Smasne, University of Washington
Primary Mentor: Kristie Spencer

Sara Straley, University of South Carolina
Primary Mentor: Krystal Werfel

Torri Ann Woodruff, Gallaudet University
Primary Mentor: Claire Bernstein

Recent Recipients


Sheida Abdi, University of South Carolina
Sara Acton, Eastern Michigan University
Kelly McHugh, Northwestern University
Carolyn Michener, Boston University
Erin Nelson, Washington University School of Medicine
Marisa Policicchio, Miami University
Stacey Sangtian, University of South Carolina
Tara Sheridan, CUNY Queens College
Jeanna Stiadle, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Alexander Swiderski, Portland State University
Elizabeth Torres, University of New Mexico


Marren Brooks, University of South Carolina
Lindsay Cardinali, CUNY Queens College
Brittany Krekeler, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Mardee Kohlmann, Eastern Michigan University
Megan McDonald, University of Cincinnati
Amanda Musso, Louisiana State University, Health Sciences Center
Kara Oksanen, Miami University
Kelly Ann Pena, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Alexandra Perrault, University of Cincinnati
Lei Su, Northwestern University
Emily Thompson, University of Connecticut

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