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CSD Grad Student Andrea Boh
Singled Out for National Award

RELEASED: Sept. 26, 2006

Andrea Boh with Dr. Linda Carpenter
Andrea Boh with Dr. Linda Carpenter

EAU CLAIRE — Andrea Boh, a first-year graduate student in communication sciences and disorders at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, is one of nine students in the nation to receive a 2006 Students Preparing for Academic and Research Careers Award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

The award program is part of an ASHA initiative to address the shortage of communication science and disorders faculty and researchers in higher education, said Linda Carpenter, professor of communication sciences and disorders and Boh's mentor.

Carpenter said the award is designed to provide opportunities for mentorship experiences that prepare students for successful Ph.D. education and academic careers, travel to enhance teaching and research exposure, and teaching and research experience under a mentor.

"The goal of the award is to foster students' interest in the pursuit of doctoral education and careers in college teaching to fill faculty/researcher vacancies in communication sciences and disorders over the next decade," Carpenter said.

"Andrea and I proposed a mentoring plan that includes her master's thesis, as well as a scholarship of teaching and learning project, and travel to the ASHA convention and the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning meeting where we will be presenting."

Boh is destined to accomplish much within the profession, said Kristine Retherford, a professor of communication sciences and disorders and the department chair.

"This award will provide her with experiences and opportunities that will enable her to pursue a doctoral degree and ultimately secure an academic position within the field of communication sciences and disorders," Retherford said.

A Middleton native, Boh graduated from UW-Eau Claire in May with a bachelor's degree in communication sciences and disorders. She earned a 4.0 cumulative grade point average and has been involved in faculty-student research projects since her freshman year.

A Blugold Fellow, Boh's first research project was a survey about university students' reactions to 9/11, working with Drs. Winifred Morse in nursing, Gloria Fennel in social work, Rebecca Carothers in psychology and Katherine Schneider in counseling.

Later, Boh worked with Fennel and Morse on a project related to a death and bereavement course, and with Carpenter and three CSD seniors on a project about counseling parents of children with childhood apraxia of speech.

"I was lucky to start early," Boh said. "By my junior year I knew I wanted to go to graduate school and become a teacher in my field. I like the learning model at UW-Eau Claire, where research is integrated with teaching."

Boh is working with Carpenter on a scholarship of teaching and learning project. She also is working under her direction on her master's thesis and as her graduate assistant to expand her abilities as a speech-language pathologist, researcher, collaborator and an educator.

"My ultimate career goal is to earn a doctoral degree and become a professor in a university setting, but first I would like to experience the professional world by working in either a hospital or school setting," Boh said.

Boh and Carpenter are testing new classroom techniques to increase student learning. Results of the project will be presented at UW-Eau Claire's annual Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Symposium, and Boh will write a proposal to present the project at the 2007 meeting of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. She also will collaborate with Carpenter in writing the results of this project for publication.

"I've been really lucky," Boh said. "Dr. Carpenter has been amazing. Basically she lets me tell her what I'm interested in and she finds a way for me to pursue it. I don't think I would ever have gotten this kind of one-on-one attention anywhere else."

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