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CaptionCall audiology scholarship recipients

CaptionCall supports hearing health education and understands the need for people with hearing loss to find dedicated, professional hearing health support services. In support of hearing health, CaptionCall is proud to showcase our CaptionCall audiology scholarship recipients. The featured audiology students have each received a scholarship valued at $3,000 towards their graduate education.

2020 Audiology scholarship recipients

Yared Rodriguez

Yared Rodriguez is a second year audiology doctoral student at Lamar University. Her passion for the field quickly emerged when taking her first speech and hearing anatomy class, and has since been a part of various research studies that have been presented at a local, state, national, and international level. Her particular research interests include, environmental noise, classroom acoustics, speech perception, and dialectal differences. Yared has previously been selected for ASHA’s PROgeny program, as well as received meritorious recognition for her research in previous conventions. She has also served as Treasurer for the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association-Laredo chapter and is an active Student Academy of Audiology member-Beaumont Chapter. Yared enjoys quality time with her family, miniature poodle, and friends; you will often find her tending to her garden and listening to her favorite music.

Megan Tice

Megan Tice is an upcoming third-year Doctor of Audiology student at Auburn University in Alabama. Her interests include pediatrics, humanitarian outreach, central auditory processing disorder, and cochlear implants. Megan is currently serving as the SAA State Ambassador for Alabama in addition to serving on the SAA Humanitarian Committee. Starting in July she will be serving on the SAA Board of Directors as the 2020-2021 Public Outreach Chair. She is looking forward to having her fall clinic rotation at Pediatric Ear, Nose, and Throat of Atlanta (PENTA). Megan enjoys reading, baking, and spending time with her family and friends.

Rachel Cook

Rachael Cook is now a fourth-year audiology doctoral student at the University of Texas at Austin. She made the switch from speech language pathology to audiology after working in a research lab at San Diego State investigating electrophysiological measures before and after music exposure. This experience led to her clinical interests in hearing protection (especially for musicians and those that appreciate listening to them), treating tinnitus sufferers, and helping those with sound sensitivity disorders. Rachael appreciates working with adult patients, especially veterans, so she is thrilled to begin her externship at the Austin Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic in June. This past year she has enjoyed serving as the Vice President for the Student Academy of Audiology as well as the UT Student Liaison for Texas Academy of Audiology. Outside of audiology, Rachael enjoys hiking around Austin, tending to her vegetable garden, and camping with her family and dogs.

Lauren Lonsway

Lauren is a third year audiology doctoral student at Wayne State University. Throughout her time at Wayne State, she has enjoyed working as a newborn hearing screener at a local hospital and serving on the board of WSU's Student Academy of Audiology. Her clinical interests include cochlear implants and working with children. She hopes to become a pediatric audiologist after she completes her externship later this year at ProMedica Health Systems. In her spare time, she enjoys rock climbing, running, and taking photographs.

Grace Szatkowski

Grace Szatkowski is a third-year audiology doctoral student at the Northeast Ohio Au.D. Consortium. Her lifetime journey as a hearing aid user and family experience with hearing loss have influenced her to pursue a career in audiology. Her research and clinical interests include electrophysiology, rehabilitation, and hearing loss prevention. Grace is a member of the Advocacy Committee in the Student Academy of Audiology, NOAC Chapter. She is looking forward to completing her fourth-year externship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. In her free time, Grace enjoys running, spending time with her two nephews, and knitting.

Eliana Dobres

Eliana is a third year audiology doctoral student at The Ohio State University. She was diagnosed with single-sided deafness when she was five years old and she has always felt a personal connection to audiology. She served as Vice President of the Ohio State chapter of Student Academy of Audiology for the 2019-2020 school year, and will serve as President for the Ohio State chapter of Student Academy of Audiology for the 2020-2021 school year. She has also been involved in the HEAR Project at Ohio State, which works to educate residents at local retirement communities about hearing loss and communication strategies. She works as a graduate teaching assistant for three classes in the Doctor of Audiology program. Her clinical and research interests are geriatrics, tinnitus management, assistive technology, speech perception, and the impact of hearing loss on driving ability. She enjoys reading, exploring Columbus, and taking walks with her family.

Danielle Bubniak

Danielle Bubniak is a third year Au.D./Ph.D. dual degree doctoral student at Syracuse University. Although she began her educational career in audiology as a student clinician, it was not long before the ideal blend of research and treatment drew her to pursue the dual degree. She was given the opportunity to work in the Auditory Electrophysiology Lab at Syracuse University strengthening her abilities and interests in evoked potential research. She is currently pursuing research investigating the maturational process of the central auditory nervous system in adolescents. She has served as treasurer for the Student Academy of Audiology - Syracuse chapter, and volunteered with organizations such as Special Olympics New York, and Fidelis Care. She enjoys spending her time with family and friends, cats, and running.