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Student Lands National Speech-Language Award to Study Autism

Katherine Belardi, a student in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at Duquesne University, has been selected as one of 10 students nationwide to receive a 2008 Students Preparing for Academic-Research Careers Award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Belardi, who is a resident of Allison Park, has entered the professional phase of the speech-language program at Duquesne this fall. Dr. Diane Williams, assistant professor of speech-language pathology, will serve as her faculty mentor.

Belardi will receive a $1,500 award to be used toward teaching/research activities. She will complete a study of narrative discourse in adults with autism that will be submitted as a student poster for presentation at the International Meeting for Autism Research in Chicago in May 2009.  Dr. David Somers, chair of the Department of Physical Therapy, will mentor her teaching experiences.

The awards program is designed to foster student interest in a career in academia, working as a faculty member and researcher in communication sciences and disorders.

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