Julie Leonardo
Sunday, July 10, 2016

MS-MedSLP student Jenni Smasne and AuD student Steven Gianakas were both awarded the 2016 Students Preparing for Academic-Research Careers (SPARC) Award from ASHA.  The SPARC Award Program is part of ASHA’s strategic objective to enhance the development and implementation of clinical research.

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).  In addition to a monetary award to help students participate in mentored teaching and research activities, the SPARC award offers a professional networking opportunity for those who attend the ASHA Convention. SPARC awardees are invited to attend a reception exclusively for ASHA's research education program awardees, participants, and faculty. 

As two of just fifteen awardees nationwide, the department is immensely proud of the work being done by these two students and their mentors, Dr. Kristie Spencer and Dr. Matthew Winn!