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.

2019 Recipients

Marissa Castaldo, University of South Carolina
Primary Mentor: Krystal Werfel

Briana Cox, Purdue University
Primary Mentor: Ji Yeon Lee

John Gallagher, San Diego State University
Primary Mentor: Sonja Pruitt-Lord

Karen Gitlin, San Diego State University
Primary Mentor: Sonja Pruitt-Lord

Andrew Keltz, New York Medical College
Primary Mentor: Monica McHenry

Michelle Kryc, University of Cincinnati
Primary Mentor: Aimee Dietz

Ciara  Nellenbach, Central Michigan University
Primary Mentor: Rebecca Affoo

Austin Northcutt, Purdue University–Fort Wayne
Primary Mentor: Stacy Betz

Amanda Ortiz-Alvarez, University of New Mexico
Primary Mentor: Richard Arenas

Anne Marie Pasternock, University of Iowa
Primary Mentor: Eileen Finnegan

Lauren Rosano, Emerson College
Primary Mentor: Lisa Wisman Weil

Kyra Skoog, Temple University
Primary Mentor: Edwin Maas

Recent Recipients


Samantha Ayala, New York University
Sydney Bassard, University of South Carolina
Clare Benes, Texas Christian University
Michael Campbell, University of New Mexico
Laine Cialdella, New York University
Logan Douglass, University of South Carolina
Megan Hirsch, Florida State University
Brianna Johnson, University of Maryland at College Park
Colleen O’Brien, Long Island University AuD Consortium
Victoria Sampson, Miami University
Victoria Showalter, University of Oklahoma, Health Sciences Center


Kali Cika, Gallaudet University
Sharice Clough, University of Iowa
Rachel Ellinger, Northwestern University
Katherine Goble, Saint Mary's College
Nafiah Khan, Eastern Michigan University
Fanting Kung, University of Illinois–Champaign/Urbana
Nicole Larsen, University of New Mexico
Emily Metze, University of South Carolina
Taryn Sanwald, Temple University
Tanner Smith, Western Kentucky University
Michael Smith, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Sarah Sparks, Gallaudet University
Faith Stagge, Saint Louis University
Austin Thompson, Louisiana State University

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