This past fall, a group of students from programs across the University were selected to receive travel grants from the University’s Alumni Association
. These grants assisted students attending professional conferences in order to present academic and professional posters; expand their knowledge in their field; and network with future colleagues and employers. Along with professional conferences, funding is also available to support student travel for health screenings and humanitarian trips.
Travel grant recipient who attended the Academy of Doctors of Audiology Audacity Conference in Uncasville, Conn. in September:
- Katrina Smith ‘18AUD and Jessica Strzepek ‘18AUD presented a poster of their audiology business plan at the annual ADA Business Competition. Their business plan for a private audiology practice titled “Empire State Audiology” took second place in the rigorous competition. “I really see myself in private practice audiology, at this conference I could meet potential employers and learn more about the field of audiology, as well as private practice,” Smith said.
Travel grant recipient who attended the Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference in Orlando, Fla. in January:
- Jane Cayanan ‘19BLVS/TVI, currently employed at the Maryland School for the Blind as a Para educator is committed to the profession as a Teacher for the Visually Impaired. She attended the conference to learn about the latest technology for teachers of the visually impaired. “From this conference I will be able to use what I learn and also share it with my colleagues at the Maryland School for the Blind,” she said. “Learning more about assistive technology is applicable both to my current and future career in education.”
Travel grant recipients who attended the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention, held in Los Angeles, Calif. in November:
- Amber Lewis ‘18SLP attended the ASHA conference in order to increase her knowledge in communication sciences and disorders. She also wanted to network with professionals across the country in hopes to “return with the latest resources to advance the program’s professional development.”
- Meghan Wilson ‘18SLP also represented Salus University Speech-Language Pathology program at the ASHA conference and submitted her research for presentation. “This conference [was] a beneficial opportunity to network for future job opportunities, schedule clinical fellowship interviews, gain access to a wide variety of therapy materials [and] attend research seminars,” she said.
Travel grant recipient who attended the New Jersey Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, in East Windsor, N.J. in October:
- Jadyn Sharber ‘18OT, along with Dr. Lauren Sponseller, chair of the University’s Occupational Therapy (OT) Department, Brianna Brim, MOT, academic fieldwork coordinator in the OT program, and Dr. Brooke Kruemmling, assistant provost, delivered an educational course on the importance of LGBTQ cultural competence and provided information on how to make clinics more accessible for LGBTQ clients to occupational therapy practitioners. “LGBTQ individuals face elevated risks of having poorer health and less access to healthcare services than the general population,” Sharber said. “One of their barriers to quality healthcare is a widespread lack of cultural competence among clinicians.”
Finally, travel funding was also granted to Jacky Ock ‘19OD, Nhu-Y Le ‘19OD, and Michelle Choy ‘19OD as a part of the Student Optometric Service to Humanity (SOSH) to help offset travel and lodgings costs for the group’s annual trip to Haiti. Students traveled there in August as part of a team to provide services and items such as eye care, eyeglasses, equipment in addition to a hygiene workshop.