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.

2013 SPARC Recipients

Kenia De Los Santos, Iona College
Primary Mentor: Alison Behrman
Teaching Activity: Draft questions for anatomy and physiology midterm exam and grade exams
Research Interest: The Perception of Spanish Accent in Reading and Spontaneous Speech

Michelle Erskine, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Primary Mentor: Jan Edwards
Teaching Activity: Develop a lecture on the development of phonological awareness and create a homework exercises
Research Interest: Compare explicit and implicit measures of phonological awareness

Laura Friedman, University of Maryland, College Park
Primary Mentor: Yasmeen Faroqi-Shah
Teaching Activity: Plan a lecture and attend faculty meetings
Research Interest: Phoneme encoding as a verb deficit source in persons with aphasia

Diondra Maestas, University of New Mexico
Primary Mentor: Phyllis Palmer      
Teaching Activity: Serve as a teaching assistant for Introductions to Communication Disorders
Research Interest: Swallowing disorders in patients with oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy (OPMD)

Cornetta Mosley, University of Washington
Primary Mentor: Jessica Sullivan
Teaching Activity: Serve as teaching assistant for a speech & hearing sciences course, attend University of Washington Teaching and Learning Symposium
Research Interest: Speech perception in noise tests that correlate with hearing aid users’ subjective outcomes

Callie Muri, University of Texas, Dallas
Primary Mentor: Raúl Rojas
Teaching Activity: Guest lecture in the bilingual language course on eliciting and analyzing bilingual narrative language samples.
Research Interest: Eye-tracking/narrative retell analysis pilot study in ELL

Jillian Nyswonger, East Carolina University
Primary Mentor: Jamie Perry
Teaching Activity: Serve as a teaching assistant and conduct integrated laboratory sessions
Research Interest: Examine muscle morphology and speech characteristics in cleft palate and associated syndromes

Jamie Ragsdale, University of New Mexico
Primary Mentor: Cathy Binger
Teaching Activity: Prepare course materials and guest lecture and attend university’s Office of Support for Effective Teaching
Research Interest: Language Sampling Measures for Children with Highly Unintelligible Speech|

Kristin VanWyngaarden, University of Nebraska, Omaha
Primary Mentor: Shari DeVeney
Teaching Activity: Prepare a course on evidence based practice, develop a grading rubric
Research Activity: Explore phonological profiles of two-year-olds with expressive-only and expressive-receptive language delay

Caitlin Ryan, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Primary Mentor: Lyn Turkstra
Teaching Activity: Develop a syllabus, learner outcomes, lectures for a graduate course, and procedures for assessing student knowledge
Research Interest: Emotion recognition in context to social communication skills in TBI.

Previous SPARC Recipients

2012

Erin Archibald, Northeastern University
Primary Mentor: Rupal Patel
Teaching Activity: Assist with course materials, draft test question and implement video tutorials on acoustic analysis
Research Interest: Prososdic control in congenital dysarthria

Susan Baughman, University of Maryland–College Park
Primary Mentor: Yasmeen Faroqi-Shah
Teaching Activity: Participate in syllabus development, develop homework assignments and grading rubric, plan and conduct hands on brain anatomy lab
Research Interest: Executive functions in monolingual and bilingual persons with aphasia
(PWA)

Devon Brunson, University of Maryland
Primary Mentor: Rochelle Newman
Teaching Activity: Create lectures, exam questions and homework for psycholinguistics class; mentor high school students interested in research lab experience
Research Interest: Maternal use of language and language outcomes in children

Caitlin Cummings, The Ohio State University
Primary Mentor: Rebecca McCauley
Teaching Activity: Guest lecture and lead a presentation 22qDS deletion syndrome
Research Interest: Prosodic variation on velopharyngeal function in children with
22q11.2 deletion syndrome

Kevin Cunningham, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill
Primary Mentor: Katarina Haley
Teaching Activity: Develop online case study modules for Adult Communication Disorders class
Research Interest: Distortion errors in apraxia of speech (AOS)

Maria Josefina Fernandez, George Washington University
Primary Mentor: Cynthia Core
Teaching Activity: Lead a two-part lecture on bilingual issues in language development and assessment
Research Interest: Phonetic qualities of non-native English parents (from native Spanish-speaking parents) communicating with bilingual children

Carrie Anderson Kenny, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Primary Mentor: Karen Hux
Teaching Activity: Participate in course on teaching techniques for college level students
Research Interest: Semantic categorization skills in TBI and its impact on AAC design

Tristan Mahr, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Primary Mentor: Jan Edwards
Teaching Activity: Develop a lecture on prosody supported with online exercises
Research Interest: Speech-sound discrimination in children with autism spectrum disorders

Megan McKenna, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Primary Mentor: Pamela Hadley
Teaching Activity: Attend workshops at the Center for Teaching Excellence, mentor undergraduates
Research Activity: Developmental expectations for sentence diversity in toddlers

Jessie Shives Patterson, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Primary Mentor: Julie Honaker
Teaching Activity: Develop course materials and guest lecture on clinical decision analysis and EBP
Research Interest: Sports-related concussion and vestibular testing

2011

Shrutee Bhatt, Louisiana State University
Primary Mentor: Annette Hurley, Louisiana State University
Teaching Activity: Prepare lecture for "Unlocking Key to Audiogram," attend seminar on "Teaching by Case Studies"
Research Interest: Effect of contralateral noise on the late auditory evoked potentials in children at-risk for Central Auditory Processing Disorder

Felicidad Garcia, Teachers CollegeColumbia University
Primary Mentor: Karen Froud, Teachers CollegeColumbia University
Teaching Activity: Guest lecture graduate course and participate in team mentorship for new lab members
Research Interest: Neural correlates of African American English and standard American English language processing

Christopher Garron, University of Massachusetts–Amherst
Primary Mentor: Sarah Poissant, University of MassachusettsAmherst
Teaching Activity: Assist with teaching undergraduate course, proctor exams and grade written assignments
Research Interest: Psychoacoustics

Jennifer Lee, Texas State University
Primary Mentor: Alisha Richmond, Texas State University
Teaching Activity: Review current literature on teaching techniques, guest lecture and learn about KASA
Research Interest: Intervention models for Children with autism spectrum disorders

Ryan Millager, Vanderbilt University
Primary Mentor: Edward Conture, Vanderbilt University
Teaching Activity: Participate in Vanderbilt's Future Faculty Preparation Program, Interview tenure track faculty
Research Interest: Attentional regulation and intratest scatter of expressive language in children who stutter

Sarah Panjwani, University of Texas–Austin
Primary Mentor: Li Cheng, University of TexasAustin
Teaching Activity: Assist with developing lectures for undergraduate and graduate courses
Research Interest: Bilingualism

Chelsea Pettibone, Northeastern University
Primary Mentor: Kevin Reilly, Northeastern University
Teaching Activity: Assist with teaching Neuroscience of communication course, conduct office hours, provide tutoring via online discussion forums using Blackboard
Research Interest: Auditory feedback control for speech using real-time perturbation of vowel formants

Stefanie Rutledge, Indiana University
Primary Mentor: Laura Murray, Indiana University
Teaching Activity: Guest lecture, train research assistants and participate in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) seminars
Research Interest: Reading comprehension in Parkinson's disease

Joseph Smith, University of South Alabama
Primary Mentor: Kellie Evans, University of South Alabama
Teaching Activity: Assist teaching an "Introduction to Communication Disorders" course, develop test questions
Research Interest: Interpretation of verbal and non-verbal courtship rules in males with and without traumatic brain injury

Joanne White, Vanderbilt University
Primary Mentor: Melanie Schuele, Vanderbilt University
Teaching Activity: Assist teaching "Research article analysis" portion of Child Language Course, interview faculty about teaching skills
Research Interest: Speech sound disorders in children

2010

Christopher Bolinger, Texas Tech University
Primary Mentor: James Dembowski, Texas Tech University
Research Interest: Motoric articulation and linguistic deficits in children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Melissa Boone, Marquette University
Primary Mentor: Steven Long, Marquette University
Research Interest: Language development and literacy skills in African American English speaking children and bilingual populations

Stephanie Davidson, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Primary Mentor: Tiffany Hogan, University of NebraskaLincoln
Research Interest: Neuroimaging and its application to language and reading disorders in children

Lauren Eisenband, Vanderbilt University
Primary Mentor: Melanie Schuele, Vanderbilt University
Research Interest: Elicited language and syntax production in children

Tamika LeRay, Emerson College
Primary Mentor: Belinda Fusté-Herrmann, Emerson College
Research Interest: Clinical competence of SLPs working with children who speak African American English

Andre Lindsey, University of TexasAustin
Primary Mentor: Joyce Harris, University of TexasAustin
Research Interest: Recovery processes in acquired neurogenic language disorders in adults

Jaime Moore, University of WisconsinMadison
Primary Mentor: Susan Thibeault, University of WisconsinMadison
Research Interest: Elastin and treatment of scarred vocal folds

Stacey Rimikis, Queens CollegeCUNY
Primary Mentor: Lauren Calandruccio, Queens CollegeCUNY
Research Interest: Effect of competing speech signals on non-native English speakers' ability to recognize English speech in noise

Ryan Sovinski, University of WisconsinMadison
Primary Mentor: Jan Edwards, University of WisconsinMadison
Research Interest: Final consonant cluster reduction in African American English child-directed and adult-directed speech

Christine Williams, Vanderbilt University
Primary Mentor: Bernard Rousseau, Vanderbilt University
Research Interest: Voice treatment and compliance

Ashley Woodall, University of TexasAustin
Primary Mentor: Chang Liu, University of TexasAustin
Research Interest: Speech enhancement—better vowel formant discrimination in noise for people with hearing loss

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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