CaptionCall Scholarship Recipients
Jaclyn DeRosso - Pacific University
Jaci entered the School of Audiology at Pacific University in 2015 following an undergraduate education at Portland State University. Having worked as a graduate student clinician in a variety of settings, her interests within audiology include vestibular assessment, evoked potentials, and adult diagnostics. For her upcoming clinical externship year, Jaci is trading her lifelong Pacific Northwest home for the heat and neon of Las Vegas. Outside of school and clinic, she takes every chance she gets to hop on a stand up paddle board and just might muster the bravery to try it on the ocean one day.
University of Utah
Shae Morgan - University of Utah
Shae is beginning his 5th year of a combined Ph.D./Au.D. program at the University of Utah. Being diagnosed with a mild hearing loss in high school, he was introduced to audiology early on, which ultimately led him to pursue a career that would help advance the science and knowledge of the discipline. His professional goals involve completing both the Ph.D. and Au.D. degrees and pursuing employment as a tenure-track professor, where he aims to continue researching and begin teaching future generations of audiologists. His passions lie in social, cognitive, and emotional factors that affect speech perception. He has completed several projects examining perception of emotion in speech, which have been presented at local and national conferences. He anticipates completing the Au.D. and Ph.D. degrees in 2018.
Univ. of South Florida
Kelly Smith - University of South Florida
Kelly is a current Florida State University Communication Science and Disorders senior. In Fall 2017, she will begin her Doctor of Audiology program at the University of South Florida. Kelly decided to study to become an audiologist because she is passionate about both improving the quality of life for individuals who struggle with hearing disorders and working towards further hearing conservation efforts. She enjoys working with people and technology, and found audiology to be a unique opportunity that brings together the best of both worlds. In the future, Kelly hopes to work as a professional audiologist for the US military.
Nova Southeastern Univ.
Karen Woldt - Nova Southeastern University
Karen is currently a third-year student at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She was the president of her university's Student Academy of Audiology chapter in 2016 and participated in many philanthropy and advocacy efforts including meeting with congressional staff members on Capitol Hill to discuss audiology legislation. Her professional interests include electrophysiology, cochlear implants, and audiologic management of patients of all ages. Karen is excited to begin her fourth year clinical rotation with Mayo Clinic in Minnesota this summer.
Claire Umeda - Vanderbilt University
Claire is a third year student in the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine audiology doctoral program and a graduate research assistant in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences. She completed her B.A. at University of California Santa Barbara in interdisciplinary studies, where she was a member of the Speech and Hearing Science Department's audiology research team. During her time at Vanderbilt, she has completed the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program longterm traineeship at the Kennedy Center. She is also completing the Pediatric Audiology Specialty Track. She will be completing her fourth year externship at University of Virginia. Her interests include clinical work with pediatric patients and research in auditory physiology and cochlear implants. She especially enjoys working with parents of children with hearing loss and young adults with hearing loss. She has worn hearing aids since early childhood.
Univ. of Colorado Boulder
Kailey Durkin - Univ. of Colorado Boulder
Kailey is a first year student in the University of Colorado-Boulder audiology doctoral program and a graduate research assistant in the Department of Speech Language and Hearing Sciences. She completed her B.A. at University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was an undergraduate research assistant in a bilingualism lab. Being diagnosed with a hearing loss in college lead her to pursue a career in the field, in hopes of helping others like her. Her professional interests include adult diagnostics, hearing aids, assistive technologies, and hearing conservation. Kailey is looking forward to her second year of the program and gaining more experience in other areas of audiology. In the future, Kailey hopes to work at a VA hospital.
Univ. of Oklahoma
Morgan Hill - University of Oklahoma
Morgan is a third year Doctor of Audiology student at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She completed her B.S. at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Morgan is the lead student coordinator for the United Way Hearing Aid Bank at The University of Oklahoma. Her research interests include interprofessionalism amongst audiologists and other healthcare providers. Morgan will be completing her fourth year externship at Audiology of Tulsa in Tulsa Oklahoma. There she will be pursuing her passion by working primarily with adults in a diagnostic and rehabilitative clinic.
Univ. of Colorado Boulder
Emily Lundberg - Univ. of Colorado Boulder
Emily Lundberg is a third year AuD/PhD student at the University of Colorado. She completed her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Denver, and her background in music eventually led her to audiology. Her current interests center around the perceptual responses to changes in signal processing in hearing aids and cochlear implants; specifically, binaural benefits in localization and listening in noise, improving music perception, and implications for signal processing in the aging population. Emily has served as president of her local Student Academy of Audiology Chapter and currently acts as Communications Chair on the National Student Academy of Audiology Board of Directors. Emily is excited to begin her fourth year externship at the University of Colorado Hospital this summer. Upon graduating, Emily looks forward to combining her clinical and research interests to improve outcomes for older adults with hearing loss.
University of Akron
Stephanie Miles - University of Akron
Stephanie began her audiology career at Northeast Ohio Audiology Consortium in 2016 after completing her undergraduate degree at Baylor University. Stephanie currently serves as president of her university’s Student Academy of Audiology chapter, and previously served as her chapter’s treasurer. Stephanie chose to study audiology because she is able to combine her passions of problem-solving, technology, and improving the quality of life of others. Her interests include adult diagnostics, tinnitus management, and cochlear implants, specifically in the geriatric population. In the future, Stephanie hopes to either open her own practice or work at her local Department of Veterans Affairs.
Washington Univ., St. Louis
Hayley Schultz - Washington Univ., St. Louis
Hayley is currently a third-year doctoral student in the audiology program at Washington University in St. Louis. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at The College of Wooster. Hayley has always enjoyed working with children, and during her first year of graduate school she was selected for the Pediatric Audiology Specialization. This specialization has allowed her to participate in additional pediatric classes, clinical experiences, and create learning modules for families of children with hearing loss. Hayley looks forward to focusing on pediatric diagnostics and amplification during her fourth-year externship at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, where she was awarded the Judith Gravel Fellowship in Pediatric Audiology.