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December 17, 2019

Communication sciences and disorders student receives Golden Ticket award from national organization

Submitted by Chelsi Medved

Anna Boyer

Anna Boyer, master's candidate in communication sciences and disorders, received the Golden Ticket award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Convention's Special Interest Group focused on swallowing and swallowing disorders.

The award is given to a project that is deemed important, exciting and noteworthy. With the award, Boyer will be invited to submit a related manuscript to Perspectives, a journal of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Special Interest Groups, for publication consideration.

Boyer was able to attend the convention with the help of the organization's student research travel award. She received the award as she was the first author on "Looking Back & Ahead: Updates to SLP Practice Patterns with Thickened Liquids," which was the highest-rated, student-authored paper in its convention topic area. Her research was funded through the Perry C. and Virginia Peine Excellence for Aging Initiative.

"Anna is a pleasure to collaborate with and an outstanding graduate student in communication sciences and disorders," said Jane Garcia, professor of communication sciences and disorders. "Her dedication to excellence extends beyond her research contributions to the nutritional well-being of children and adults to also include her work as a future speech-language pathologist."

Boyer is a December 2019 master's candidate in family studies and human services, with a specialization in communication sciences and disorders.