Student Achievements

The Claro Group Competition


The Sound Solutions Team, comprised of Abby Dorolek, Rachel Weber, Karolina Marczewski, Arpan Mehta, and Danielle Houpy, took first place and a $5000 prize in the second annual The Claro Group Case Competition on April 14. Sponsored by the Community Health program, The Claro Group—a Chicago-based financial advisory and management consulting firm—and the registered student organization Future Health Care Executives, the competition presents student teams with a real-life healthcare administration problem to solve. They share their solutions with an executive team from The Claro Group in formal presentations. Team Applied Health Solutions—made up of Lauren Bline, Kevin Geary, Kyle Copeland, Claudia Morawa, and Clare Stanhope—took second place and a $2500 prize. The Claro Group is led by two Illinois alumni, founding partner Venny Arquilla and managing director Lee Kuhn.


Our Amazing Graduates


Bronze Tablet Scholars

Eighteen students in the College of Applied Health Sciences were recognized among the top three percent of graduating seniors by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Their names will be permanently inscribed on the Bronze Tablet display in the main library. This year’s Bronze Tablet Scholars in AHS, who had a mean grade point average of 3.98, are:

Margaret Boland

Meridith Bradford

Jamie Cohen

Rachel Collins

Reynaldo De Leon, Jr.

Meghan Diamond

Justice Hammers

Eric Kadolph

Bong Yin Lau

Megan Perez

Jamie Rymut

Cassandra Rynott

Melanie Samuels

Rikka Skillrud

Morgan Swingler

Katherine Trchka

Emily Wells


Senior 100 Honorary

Four students in the College of Applied Health Sciences were named to the Senior 100 Honorary. Sponsored by the University of Illinois Alumni Association and Student Alumni Ambassadors, the Senior 100 Honorary recognizes 100 outstanding graduates across campus who have been active campus leaders and who have demonstrated loyalty to the University through their past campus involvement as well as their future plans. AHS students who were recognized this year were Meridith Bradford from the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism, Anna Fischer from the Department of Speech and Hearing Science, and Megha Mathur and Claire Oosterbaan from the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences degree program.


Fulbright Student Scholar


Kinesiology doctoral student Matthew Haugen was selected to the Fulbright US Student Program, and will spend the 2017-2018 academic year in China completing his dissertation on the intersection of education and athletics within the Chinese cultural context. The Fulbright US Student Program is the largest exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. Read more about Matthew.


Summer Research Award


Fanting Kung, an undergraduate student in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science, has received the Campus Honors Program’s Summer Research Award. She is a research assistant in the Aging and Neurocognition Lab directed by Dr. Raksha Mudar, who will supervise Fanting’s research on functional communication in Alzheimer’s disease.


Graduate College Recognition

Zora McFarlane-Blake, a master’s student in Speech-Language Pathology, and Zoe Dinger, a doctoral student in Audiology, were recognized for excellence by the Graduate College.


Zora served as a teaching assistant for Community Partners and Health, an undergraduate service learning course, and mentored first-year Speech-Language Pathology students at the Urbana Head Start program. She will present her master’s research at the 2017 convention of the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing in April.


First-year AuD student Zoe already has three second-author publications in peer-reviewed journals (2016 and 2017), and one first-author conference presentation at a national meeting (ASHA 2015 in Denver). She is interested in central auditory processing and is a research assistant in the lab of Dr. Ian Mertes.


Tata Education Trust Scholarship


Speech and Hearing Science graduate student Shraddha Shende received The Lady Meherbai D. Tata Education Trust Scholarship, which is designed to help women from India pursue higher education. Shraddha is working toward a PhD in Speech and Hearing Science. Her research investigates links between hearing loss and cognition in the aging population.