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.
Kent State University
Sarah Ruwe - Kent State University
Sarah is studying audiology at the graduate level at the Northeast Ohio Audiology Consortium. She completed her B.S. in Speech Pathology and Audiology at Kent State University, with minors in Psychology and Human Development & Family Studies, and certification in Disabilities Studies & Community Inclusion. Sarah currently serves as a graduate assistant to Dr. Julia Huyck, and also works as a research assistant in the Perceptual Learning and Individual Differences (PLAID) Lab. Sarah chose to pursue audiology because she loved the possibilities the field offers to change the lives of clients for the better. She is most interested in diagnostics and early intervention, as this concentration allows her to be a part of identifying hearing loss as soon as possible, and assisting them in getting access to sound so that they are less likely to experience language and cognitive delays. In the future, Sarah hopes to work in a hospital setting and possibly pursue her Ph. D.
University of North Carolina
Meredith Braza - University of North Carolina
Meredith is a first-year Doctor of Audiology student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she serves as a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) trainee and a graduate research assistant. Meredith was inspired to pursue studies in audiology following her collaboration with the Wisconsin Early Hearing Detection & Intervention Program as an undergraduate student. Her interests revolve around interprofessional care for children with disabilities and their families, auditory development of infants born at high risk, and newborn hearing screening protocol. In the future, Meredith looks forward to conducting research to inform clinical practice for infants newly identified with hearing loss.
University of Texas at Austin
Kyli Schulz - University of Texas
Kyli is a third-year Doctor of Audiology student at the University of Texas at Austin. She completed her B.S. at West Texas A&M University. Kyli is currently the president of her university's Student Academy of Audiology chapter and was the chapter's social chair for the 2018-2019 school year. She loves getting involved in philanthropy and advocacy events including Special Olympics Healthy Hearing and meeting with legislators at the Texas State Capitol to discuss audiology legislation. Kyli completed a T35 Research Traineeship during the summer of 2019 in the Vestibular and Balance Laboratory at Boys Town National Research Hospital. Her professional and research interests include vestibular assessment, ototoxicity, and pediatric audiology. Kyli aims to pursue a fourth-year externship and career at a pediatric hospital.
Missouri State University
Kathyrn Vlietstra - Missouri State University
Kathryn is a second year student in the Missouri State University Doctor of Audiology program. Prior to pursuing her AuD, she was a teacher and discovered a passion for working with children with special needs, including hearing impairments and processing disorders. Kathryn acts as the MSU student representative for the governing board of the Missouri Academy of Audiology and participated in the inaugural Missouri Speech-Language-Hearing Association Student Leadership Academy. Her interests include clinical work with pediatric patients and cochlear implants, educational audiology, and research in ototoxicity monitoring, co-morbidities of hearing loss, and central auditory processing disorders. She especially enjoys working with families of children with hearing loss and individuals with special needs. Her professional goals involve practicing as a clinical or educational audiologist as well as performing research and teaching at the university level.
University of South Florida
Jenna Dworak - University of South Florida
Jenna is a first year student in the audiology doctoral program at the University of South Florida. She completed her B.A. at the University of Alabama in Communicative Disorders and French Language and Literature. She is passionate about advocacy and serving underprivileged populations. Previously, she has volunteered with Hear Here Alabama where she traveled to rural Alabama towns to provide hearing health care and in the future, would like to do the same in developing countries. Jenna coordinates social media for the University of South Florida's Student Academy of Audiology and has interests including vestibular diagnostics and tinnitus. Outside of class she enjoys managing a plant-based food blog and traveling.
University at Texas at Dallas
Hannah Calhoun - University of Texas
Hannah is a third year audiology doctoral student at The University of Texas at Dallas. Her lifetime journey as a cochlear implant user led her to pursue a career in audiology as she hopes to provide empathy and guidance for her patients and their families. Her particular research and clinical interests include cochlear implants, electrophysiology, assistive technology, aural rehabilitation, and speech perception. Hannah has served as a board member for the Student Academy of Audiology UTD chapter, the National Hearing Loss Association of America Fort Worth chapter, and the Dallas Hearing Foundation. She is excited to begin her externship at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center. Hannah enjoys spending time with her family and goldendoodle, relaxing at the lake, and working out at Orange Theory.
Saint John’s University
Colleen O'Brien - Saint John’s University
Colleen O'Brien is a third-year Doctor of Audiology student at the Long Island Au.D. Consortium. She is a graduate of St. John's University and a native of Queens, New York. Colleen served as Treasurer and Co-President of her program's Student Academy of Audiology chapter, and recently participated in an audiology mission trip to Peru with the Starkey Hearing Foundation through which almost 2,000 individuals throughout Peru received free hearing aids and hearing healthcare. She served as a Doctoral Research Fellow under Dr. Shruti Deshpande at St. John's University and currently works in the Hofstra University Hear-Ring Lab with Dr. Aniruddha Deshpande. Colleen looks forward to beginning her fourth-year residency at the NYU Cochlear Implant Center in New York this spring, and plans to pursue a Ph.D. after completion of her Au.D. in order to obtain a career in audiology research and academia.
Wayne State University
Brian Vandercruyssen - Wayne State University
Brian completed his undergraduate degree at Michigan State University and is currently a first year Doctor of Audiology student at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. He serves as the head of the fundraising committee for Wayne Stateís SAA chapter and in this position sees an opportunity to help grow the visibility and sustainability of WSUís audiology program within the Detroit community. Brian's second year in grad school begins his clinical rotations through the Henry Ford Health System where he looks forward to refining his interest and skills in hearing aids, vestibular testing, and interoperative monitoring. Following grad school, Brian would like to work in a clinical setting, teach at a university level, and provide audiologic care to impoverished areas of the world.