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Student & Alumni Achievements

South Carolina: Doctoral Student Wins National Award to Support Dissertation Research

After studying music and psychology as an undergraduate in her home state of Kentucky, Ms.Rachel Miller considered pursuing a PhD combining the two fields. However, she decided she wanted to make more of an impact in a clinical setting.

The Norman J. Arnold Doctoral Fellow is well on her way to achieving these goals. Ms. Miller has already published papers in peer-reviewed journals and is the recipient of both the Elaine M. Frank Fellowship (Fall 2018) and the Sharon G. Webber Endowed Fellowship (Spring 2018). Most recently, she received the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders PhD Scholarship — the third University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health Communication Sciences and Disorders (COMD) student in a row to receive this award.

Ms. Miller will use the scholarship to fund her dissertation project, which focuses on amplification techniques, listening effort and cognitive factors associated with speech perception. “Research in speech and hearing science is of clinical significance as treatment for individuals with hearing impairments often fails to restore ‘normal’ auditory functioning, even with technology such as hearing aids, and in turn impacts quality of life,” she explains. “Through my research, I aim to address this impact on quality of life and how it may be improved.”

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