CI2018 Scholarship Award
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The Scholarship Committee of the American Cochlear Implant Alliance selected twenty-one outstanding individuals to receive scholarships to attend CI2018 DC Emerging Issue in Cochlear Implantation. We had a very strong set of applicants and the decision-making was difficult.

These scholars have distinguished themselves through their commitment to cochlear implant clinical care and research. ACI Alliance is pleased not only to support 21students who may one day contribute to our field but also that they were widely representative of the disciplines involved in cochlear implantation in children. Awardees include individuals from audiology, speech pathology, otolaryngology, and engineering. The group represents universities from around the country.


 CI2018 DC Scholarship Awardees

  • Andrew Blank, The Ohio State University, Audiology PhD Candidate
  • Kelly Brown, Rush University, Doctorate of Audiology
  • Molly Brown, University of Pittsburgh, Doctorate of Audiology
  • Julia Cote, Rush University, Doctorate of Audiology
  • James Decker, University of Texas at Dallas, Doctorate of Audiology
  • Meredith Frank, Towson University, Doctorate of Audiology
  • Megan Hinson, University of Memphis, Doctorate of Audiology
  • Izabela Jamsek, Ohio State University, Audiology PhD Candidate
  • Adam Kaufman, University of Pennsylvania, Otolaryngology Resident
  • Laura Levin, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Doctorate of Audiology
  • Mary Kate Martin, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Doctorate of Audiology
  • Michael Morikawa, James Madison University, Doctorate of Audiology
  • Kayla Murphy, Auburn University, Doctorate of Audiology
  • Paulina Ocampo, New York University, MSc. Communicative Science and Disorders
  • Francisco Reyes – Santiago, University of Puerto Rico, Doctorate of Audiology
  • Susan Reynolds, Vanderbilt University, Doctorate of Audiology
  • Juliana Saba, University of Texas at Dallas, Doctorate in Electrical Engineering
  • Ivy Schweinzger, University of Cincinnati, Doctorate of Audiology and PhD Candidate
  • Scott Shapiro, West Virginia University, Otolaryngology Resident
  • Michaela Stapp, Arizona State University, Doctorate of Audiology
  • Kareem Tawfik, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Otolaryngology Resident

CI2018 DC Scholarship Selection Committee

  • Sigrid Cerf, BA, CI recipient and advocate, McLean VA
  • Wade Chien, MD, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Medicine
  • Lisa Houston, AuD, Cochlear Implant Audiologist, University of Cincinnati Health
  • Meredith Ouellette, MS, Assistant Head of School, The River School, DC
  • Denise Thomas, AuD, Clinical Coordinator, Cochlear Implant Program, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
  • Melissa Sweeney, MS, Cochlear Implant Program Manager, The University of Texas at Dallas/
    Callier Center for Communication Disorders


 To learn more about ACI Alliance scholarship opportunities click HERE.

The mission of the American Cochlear Implant (ACI) Alliance is to advance access to the gift of hearing provided by cochlear implantation through research, advocacy and awareness.