Two local high school students, Aurora and Isai, joined CCANDL this summer for the “The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Research Internship”! During their time with the lab, they have been busy observing Speech Language Pathology and Audiology sessions, touring other research labs, and assisting with many research projects within CCANDL. One of their many projects involved designing research posters for the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference! At the end of the internship each student will do a presentation on an area of research that CCANDL would like to explore in the future. The two research topics look at the relationship between white matter hyperintensities and speech/language/general cognition in older adults at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease (AD) or with AD and the effects of medication on speech in older adults. We are so grateful to Aurora and Isai, and have truly enjoyed having them in the lab!
This internship was made possible when the Morgridge Center for Public Service awarded two undergraduate NSSLHA students, Sanjana Kumar and Julia Zacher, with the Wisconsin Idea Undergraduate Fellowship. NSSLHA, Sanjana, and Julia then partnered with CCANDL to bring this project to fruition.