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Release: Dec. 11, 2000
UI speech pathology and audiology graduate students
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Two graduate students in the University
of Iowa Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology have received scholarships
from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHF), a private, nonprofit
foundation dedicated to innovation in communication sciences and disorders.
Darcia Dierking and Ying Liu, master's degree candidates
in the department, each received a $4,000 ASHF 2000 Graduate Student Scholarship
in recognition of their academic achievements.
Dierking received the annual excellence award that
is given to a full-time graduate student and supported by LinguiSystems, Psi
Iota Xi National Philanthropic Organization and the Marni Reisberg Memorial
Fund. Liu was honored with the academic achievement award that is sponsored
by the Kala Singh Fund and given annually to an international/minority graduate
A native of Sidney, Neb., Dierking will receive a
master's degree in audiology next May.
She plans to work as a clinical audiologist, ideally in newborn screening
Dierking said the award is a "blessing" both financially
and in terms of recognition.
"It feels good to know that people who have meant
a lot to audiology think I have something to give to the field," she said.
Liu, who is from China, has been studying for a master's
degree in speech pathology. She expects to graduate in May 2002 and may eventually
apply for admission to a Ph.D. degree program.
"I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to study
in the program because the people in the department here are very supportive,"
Liu said. "I will do my best to prove that I am worthy of the scholarship."
Both Liu and Dierking said they would use their scholarships
to help cover tuition.
The ASHF was founded in 1946 by Wendell Johnson, who
created the UI Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology and, until his
death in 1965, was instrumental in its growing international reputation.
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patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.