Communication Sciences and Disorders Majors Honored for Research

College of Wooster seniors Liz Striegl and Amanda Klump recognized for exceptional scholarship

April 11, 2012 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio — Seniors Liz Striegl and Amanda Klump, both communication sciences and disorders majors at The College of Wooster, have been honored for exemplary undergraduate research and awarded scholarships to further their education in the field.

Striegl, whose poster on cochlear implants and therapy for children at last summer’s Pediatric International Conference in Chicago was chosen as one of the top 15 among more than 250 entries, has had another poster — this one on Cochlear Implants and therapy for adult patients — accepted for the upcoming Cochlear Implant meeting in Baltimore in May. After graduation, she will attend the University of Akron, which is part of the Northeastern Ohio Audiology Consortium, to pursue a clinical doctorate of audiology.

Klump, whose achievements are particularly noteworthy in light of her own hearing loss in her left ear and her younger brother’s bilateral cochlear implants, was selected as Wooster's top undergraduate student and clinician at the Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association meeting on March 9. She has been awarded a full scholarship to pursue a master’s degree in deaf education at Fontbonne University in St. Louis.

Both students credit Wooster for their success. “I’ve been given an opportunity to do a lot of research during my four years here,” said Striegl, who is president of the Wooster chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association. “The College really helped to prepare me for these types of conferences as well as graduate school.”

Klump expressed similar sentiments. “I am very grateful,” she said. “Wooster has been so instrumental in helping me achieve my goals. The knowledgeable and supportive faculty pushed me to do my best and encouraged me to have confidence my abilities.”

Donald Goldberg, professor of communication at Wooster, praised both students for their work ethic and their achievements. “Liz’s presentation at last year’s international conference was not in some ‘student’ category, but instead in comparison to Ph.D., M.D., and Au.D. authors throughout the world,” he said. “Not bad for a Junior I.S. project. Now she is preparing to share data from her Senior I.S. on adult cochlear implant rehabilitation at the 2012 meeting in Baltimore in early May.”

“Amanda has a very exciting future, which will include a full scholarship to one of the nation's finest training programs dedicated to teaching graduate students about children who are deaf or hard of hearing,” added Goldberg. “At Fontbonne, she will further learn about strategies and techniques in teaching infants, toddlers, and school-age students that they can, indeed, learn to listen and develop spoken language — and then conquer the world.”