The Illinois Academy of Audiology (ILAA), Elk Grove Village, Ill, reports the 2008-2009 winners of the annual Doctoral Scholarship awards, recognizing outstanding students in Illinois AuD and PhD programs. 

The recipients are Jaqueline Busen and McLorn Carpenter from Rush University, and Jessica Levine from Northwestern University.


Jaqueline Busen

Busen received her bachelor of science degree in speech and hearing science in 2006 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign prior to entering Rush University’s AuD program. While at U of I, she researched the effects of cell phones and bystander productivity, and wrote an independent research paper on Meniere’s disease. Busen worked and volunteered in a number of leadership roles while studying at Rush.


McLorn Carpenter

Carpenter obtained her bachelor of science in speech and hearing sciences, audiology from Indiana University, where she maintained an academic career founded on research and volunteer experiences. After beginning her graduate studies in Rush University’s AuD program she worked in a university-granted research assistantship and participated in extra- and co-curricular volunteer and work experiences—among them, serving as the lead student ILAA board member.


Jessica Levine

Levine, the clinical research award recipient, is graduated from Tufts University in 2006 with a bachelor of science degree in biopsychology and biomedical engineering. Having been profoundly deaf since birth, her interest in finding ways to contribute to hearing research and its application to clinical practice has led her to pursue a career as an audiologist and researcher. Prior to entering the AuD program at Northwestern University, Levine participated in several studies as a research aide intern and co-authored an article in Neuroscience titled Dendrites of Medial Olivocochlear (MOC) Neurons. At Northwestern, Levine currently is working on a study of eletrophysiological measures of the auditory brainstem for subjects listening to vocoded speech and musical sounds.

This is the sixth consecutive year ILAA has offered scholarships with funds raised through contributors and purchases at its annual auction and raffle.

[Source: ILAA]