Department of Communication
Sciences and Disorders

West Chester University

Dr. Cheryl D. Gunter, Chair
201 Carter Drive, Suite 400
West Chester, PA  19383
Phone:  610.436.2115
Fax:  610.436.3388

MA Scholarship

Christine WeilerWCU’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 participation in the MA Scholarship Award competition. This competition is open to all first year graduate students during their first semester on campus. 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 (1) content, clarity, and organization of the literature review; (2) justification of the prospectus (problem statement, methodology), (3) feasibility and impact on evidence-based practice, (4) professional writing style, (5) oral presentation style (including accompanying PowerPoint).

The MA Scholarship offers its recipients a $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 2012 competition was Christine Weiler for a proposal called “Targeting /ə/ for a Turkish Speaker of English: Is There Significance Beyond Improved Vowel Quality?”.   Previous recipients, the titles of their research projects, and their faculty mentors are listed below.

Previous Scholarship Recipients

  • Schneider, L. (2009). Child-Directed and Adult-Directed Narrative Patterns of Spanish-Speaking Mothers in a Story Telling Activity.
     (Faculty mentor: Dr. Patricia Swasey Washington)

  • McManus, K. (2010) Maintenance of Fluency Strategies Using Video Self-Modeling.
    (Faculty mentor: Dr. Jennifer Means)

  • Wexler, Marci (2011) Lexical Stress Perception Accuracy in University Phonetics Students.
    (Faculty mentor: Dr. Michael Weiss)