O'Neil Receives Travel Grant to ASHA Annual Convention

UMass Amherst Communication Disorders Student Shannon O'Neil

Shannon O’Neil

October 24, 2018

Third year Audiology doctoral student Shannon O’Neil recently received a travel award to attend the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) annual convention.

The ASHA Convention is a three-day long event where speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists come together to present their latest research, network and learn new skills.

“I felt very honored to be accepted as a recipient of the Audiology Research Travel Award (ARTA),” O’Neil says. “I've attended the ASHA Convention once before as an undergraduate, but now having had more audiology education and clinical experience, I feel as though attending this time around will be more relevant to my audiology journey.”

In addition to providing a stipend to help defer travel costs, the travel award allows O’Neil to attend research-mentor sessions as well as two exclusive networking sessions. She said the ARTA Recipient Breakfast is the event she’s looking forward to most. “It will give me the opportunity to network with audiology students from around the country and hear their research goals and interests. I enjoy learning about tools and strategies that I can take home to incorporate into my own research and clinical work.”

ASHA provides up to 20 travel awards to its convention each year. Every recipient must apply for the award and submit a letter of recommendation. Assistant Professor Sara Mamo says she recommended O’Neil because “she shows great enthusiasm for serving people with hearing loss. She is self-driven and hard working. I have had the most enjoyable experience working with Shannon as her Capstone advisor. At every stage of her project she has independently taken the next step with me there to support her, rather than me directing her to do the next thing.”

This year’s convention will be held from November 14 -17 in Boston.