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Communication Sciences and Disorders Program Awards Ceremony

 

Students

Julie Atwood Award for Excellence

The award was established in 1997 in honor of Julie Atwood, MEd, CCC-SLP, former Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Speech-Language Pathology Department, and Professor at the Institute since the inception of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. The award is given to a graduating student who possesses a strong base of academic knowledge, applies theory to delivering clinical service in an exemplary manner, and demonstrates the highest values and ethics, the ability to apply research findings to clinical practice, and the potential for professional excellence and leadership.

Previous Winners:
2020 – Elise Gallegos
2019 – Alyssa Savery
2018 – Andrew Mancini
2017 – Juliet A. Ochura
2016 – Ashley Flora Kippins
2015 – Zachary Morris Smith
2014 – Emilie J. Irving
2013 – Kathleen Carroll O'Halloran
2012 – Amy Joy Maguire
2011 – Katharine L. Gilroy
2010 – Anna Hutt Fredman
2009 – Alina Michelle Carter
2008 – Stacie Erin Robarts
2007 – Bonnie Gail Halvorson
2006 – Meghan Elizabeth O’Brien
2005 – Celeste Maria Montgomery
2004 – Elizabeth Speyer
2003 – Melissa Anne Vecchio
2002 – Alyssa Renee Hotte
2001 – Jill Ann Colleran
2000 – Patti Renee Ducoff
1999 – Jason Loris Smith
1998 – Karen Lynn Tavilla
1997 – Sharyn Lori Goralnick

Kenneth N. Stevens Student Research Award

First awarded in 2004, this award, named after the long-time MGH Institute of Health Professions faculty member and internationally known researcher Kenneth N. Stevens, honors a graduating student who has demonstrated superior performance in conducting research that produces new knowledge about typical or disordered human communication.

Previous Winners:
​​2020 – Stephanie Gaglini
​2019 – Liane Thornhill
2018 – Shalom Kim
2017 – Annette Sophie Mitko
2016 – James C. Borders
2015 – Katherine Lindsey Marks
2014 – Micah E. Smith
2013 – Elizabeth S. Heller
2012 – Jessica Chiew Jia Chiann
2011 – Amanda Mae Worek
2010 – Carla M. Tierney
2009 – Asako Masaki Wehner
2008 – Katharine Mary Radville
2007 – Lauryn Zipse
2006 – Heather Lynn Kubert
2005 – Annike Imbrie
2005 – Sharon Kuo
2004 – Melissa DiPerri

Pamela E. Hook Award for Literacy

Jennifer Lindstrom 2019, Courtney Perrigo 2020

Awards of Special Recognition:

Advocacy and Service

Gwendolyn Meredith 2019

Clinical Practice in Voice Disorders

Samantha Kridgen 2019

Community Service

Allison Aaron 2019 ​

Emerging Leader

Brianna Williams 2020

Leadership

Catherine Serzan 2019, Jocelyn Chojjattu 2020

Professionalism

Darby Smith 2019, Rachel Weintraub 2020

Research

Emily Feeley 2019, Heidi Blackham 2020

First awarded in 2017, these awards honor graduating students who have excelled in a particular area to the extent that CSD faculty members want to acknowledge this meritorious accomplishment.

Previous Winners:
2018 – Robert Ruggles
2019 – Kristen Soranno
2018 – Brendan Czupryna
2018 – Molly Allen
2017 – Anne Wellington Dixon
2017 – Madeline Eileen Grimm
2017 – Reem Khodr Mohamad

Faculty and Clinical Educators

 

Award for Excellence in Clinical Supervision

Suzanne Pennington and Rachel Pittmann (2020)

 

First awarded in 2000, this award honors an external clinical supervisor who has contributed significantly to the graduate student clinical experience by serving as an excellent role model, collaborating with other professionals at the external practicum site, providing opportunities to students that help to shape their ability to become critical thinkers and lifelong learners, and demonstrating evidenced-based practice principles in his/her practice.

Previous Winners:
2019 – Stacie Barlow
2018 – Robert Melchionna
2017 – Antigone G. McHugh
2016 – Jessica Garrity
2015 – Patrick Alexis
2014 – Stephen A. MacCormack
2013 – Lynette Holmes
2012 – Charlotte Lunde
2011 – Jessica L. Gosnell
2010 – Melissa Ghiringhelli
2009 – Barbara Worth
2008 – Joyce Goldweitz
2007 – Christine R. Doyle
2006 – Ann M. Waters
2005 – Terie Geary
2004 – Belinda Campbell
2003 – Paige M. Nalipinksi
2002 – Jennifer E. Mackey
2001 – Sharon Weiss-Kapp
2000 – Kathleen C. Carlin

Faculty Award for Excellence

Sofia Vallila Rohter (2020)

 

First awarded in 2000, this award honors a distinguished faculty member who presents material in a highly effective manner, fosters an atmosphere of individual inquiry, uses class time efficiently, welcomes discussion and expression of diverse points of view, and excels in teaching his or her course. 

Previous Winners:
2019 - Rebecca Santos Inzana
2018 – Jenna Muri-Rosenthal
2017 – Sofia Vallila Rohter
2016 – Rebecca Santos Inzana
2015 – Lauryn Zipse
2014 – Sofia Vallila Rohter
2013 – Meredith Bosley O'Dea
2012 – Lauryn Zipse
2011 – Sarah Ward
2010 – Marjorie L. Nicholas
2009 – John Costello
2008 – Lesley A. Maxwell
2007 – Gregory L. Lof
2006 – John Costello
2005 – Denise Ambrosi
2004 – James Heaton
2003 – Marjorie L. Nicholas
2002 – Sarah J. Ward
2001 – Howard C. Shane
2000 – Glenn W. Bunting