Travel Grant Recipients Roundup

Salus University Travel Grants
Jessica Cecco ‘17SLP
The most recent group of students who received travel grants from the Salus University Alumni Association presented posters at professional conferences last year between August and November. Along with professional conference expenses, funding is also available to support student travel for health screenings and humanitarian trips.

Travel grant recipients who attended the Association of Vision Rehabilitation Therapists Professional Development Conference in Birmingham, Ala. in August:
  • Kelley Alexandria Tison, who is currently enrolled in the Blindness and Low Vision Studies program, presented her poster abstract, “Developing Cultural Competency in Vision Rehabilitation Therapy.” According to Kelley, “The greatest benefit [of attending the conference] will be sharing what I’ve learned as a Salus student with others through the presentation of my poster and speech on cultural competence.”
  • Carolina Yanez, who is currently enrolled in the Blindness and Low Vision Studies program, presented her poster abstract, “Advancing our Profession: A Student’s Perspective.”
Salus University Travel GrantsTravel grant recipients who attended the American Academy of Optometry’s annual conference in Anaheim, Calif. in November:
  • Allison White ‘18OD presented her poster abstract, “A Case of X-linked Retinoschisis and an Approach to Inherited Retinal Degeneration.” Allison said, “It was challenging, but a very rewarding experience.”
  • Emily Depew ‘17OD presented her poster abstract, “Serial OCT Imaging Documenting Resolution of Papilledema in Patient with Cerebral Venous Sinus Thrombosis.”
  • Jamie Roden ‘18OD presented her case report poster abstract, “Sticking your Neck Out: Uncommon Source of Stroke at a Young Age.”
Travel grant recipients who attended the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, held in Philadelphia in November:
  •  Jessica Cecco ‘17SLP presented her capstone project as a poster abstract, “Understanding Nursing Staff Perspectives on Dysphagia Mealtime Management: Following SLP Recommendations,” at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention. The conference was held this past November in Philadelphia. Because the program is young, Jessica said, “I feel it is especially important to make an impact at this conference and show the field what an innovative and supportive program we have and the kind of students this program and the university as a whole exemplifies.”
Finally, travel funding was also granted to the Student Optometric Service to Humanity (SOSH) to help offset travel and lodgings costs for a trip to Ecuador. Students traveled there in August as part of a team to provide services and items such as eye care, glasses, equipment and a hygiene workshop.

The next round of travel grant applications (for travel between August 1, 2017, and January 31, 2018) will be accepted in June.