The Hear the World Foundation has announced the 2016-2017 Judith Gravel Fellowship in Pediatric Audiology as Sarah Webster, a fourth-year AuD student at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. Webster will complete the Judith Gravel Fellowship at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in the Department of Otolaryngology at UNC Chapel Hill.
A native of Oakton, Virginia, and a graduate of the University of Virginia, Webster entered UNC in the fall of 2013 to begin her AuD program. She has been strongly committed to a career in pediatric audiology throughout her graduate program. She has taken on additional coursework and leadership experiences through a federally funded training grant in pediatric audiology at UNC, and as a graduate student funded by the North Carolina LEND Program (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities).
Webster has a special interest in the delivery of pediatric audiology services to Spanish-speaking families and is focusing her LEND project on the development of a Resource Guide in Spanish for families with newly diagnosed infants and young children. She will begin her fourth year externship in June at UNC Hospitals where she will be the seventh Gravel Fellow.
“Dr. Gravel’s immense impact on the field of pediatric audiology is evident in the literature and when speaking with those who knew her,” said Webster upon accepting her award. “Her passion for research, teaching, and clinical service was unparalleled and I am truly honored to continue my training through a fellowship in her name. I look forward to learning from the dedicated and experienced pediatric audiologists at UNC Hospital as I pursue my goal of making a difference in the lives of infants and children with hearing loss,” she concluded.
The Gravel Fellowship was created by the Hear the World Foundation in 2010 and is named in honor of the late Judy Gravel, who passed away in 2008. Dr Gravel was internationally renowned for her expertise in pediatric audiology and for her many contributions to clinical research and professional service. She is also remembered for her dedication to the advancement of educational opportunities for students and clinicians. The Gravel Fellowship is awarded each year to a fourth-year Doctor of Audiology (AuD) student whose externship is completed at UNC Hospitals with a focus on audiological management of infants and young children with hearing loss.
Source: Hear the World Foundation