Department of Communication
Sciences and Disorders
West Chester University
Dr. Cheryl D. Gunter, Chair
201 Carter Drive, Suite 400
West Chester, PA 19383
WCU's Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders encourages students to become consumers and producers of research. Encouragement occurs in many ways, including the opportunity to participate in the MA Scholarship Award competition. This competition is open to all first year CSD graduate students during their first semester in the program. As part of a course called Foundations of Research (SPP 501), these students are required to write a research proposal. Those who elect to do so may also submit their proposals for consideration in the MA Scholarship Award competition, which specifically targets clinically-based scholarship.
Five finalists are selected by the instructor of SPP 501 (Dr. Sojung Kim) based on the research proposals submitted by the students. These proposals are then reviewed by the entire faculty, and each finalist is invited to summarize his or her proposal during a formal, oral presentation followed by a question/answer period. The winner is selected by the faculty based on five considerations, including:
Recipients of the MA Scholarship receive $1000 award to be used for materials needed to carry out the scholarly activities. It has been awarded four times since 2009. The winner of the 2015 competition was Joanna Adamo. The title of her research project was "The Effect of Visual cues during spaced Retrieval Treatment on Maintenance of learned Behaviors during Follow-Up in Individuals with Dementia." Her mentor was Dr. Jeanette Benigas. Previous recipients, the titles of their research projects, and their faculty mentors are listed below.
Previous Scholarship Recipients
(Faculty mentor: Dr. Supraja Anand)
(Faculty mentor: Dr. Sojung Kim)