Reber & Wilkins Awarded NIDCD Student Fellowships to Attend Research Symposium in Clinical Aphasiology

April 2, 2013

Alisson Reber (left)  and Abigail Wilkins (right)

Communication Disorders graduate students Alisson Reber and Abigail Wilkins have been awarded Travel Fellowships by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communicative Disorders (NIDCD) to attend a Research Symposium in Clinical Aphasiology (RSCA) this May. The RSCA is embedded in the schedule of the 43rd annual Clinical Aphasiology Conference (CAC) in Tucson, AZ, and is organized around cutting edge theory and data.

Reber and Wilkins, along with twelve other graduate students from around the world, will be reimbursed up to $1500 for travel and conference expenses. The speech-language pathology students will present their first-authored posters “More to language than picture naming: Norms and patient data for a verb generation task” (Reber & Kurland) and “iPractice: The effectiveness of a tablet-based home program in aphasia treatment” (Wilkins, Kurland, & Stokes) during the RSCA fellows poster session at CAC.

The RSCA also provides a number of special opportunities for student fellows. These include a “host mentor” assigned to each individual fellow, a reception with host mentors and other fellows, the RSCA lunch, in which fellows have an opportunity to interact with the RSCA keynote speaker, and the RSCA mentoring breakfast, in which student fellows interact with seasoned CAC investigators about topics personal and/or professional.