Veronica Vidal Receives Marion Morse Wood Fellowship

Veronica Vidal, a Ph.D. student in SHS advised by Dr. Laura DeThorne, is a recipient of the prestigious Marion Morse Wood Fellowship from the Graduate College.  The fellowship, which will be awarded to only two students in this academic year, supports U of I graduate students whose research focuses on interpersonal communication.  The fellowship provides waivers of tuition and fees and provides dental and vision insurance as part of a substantial stipend.  “Receiving the Marion Morse Wood Fellowship is a wonderful accomplishment,” shared Dr. Karen Iler Kirk, head of the department of Speech and Hearing Science.  “We are proud to have an SHS doctoral student as one of the recipients.”
Veronica’s primary interest is in children’s communication acquisition in naturalistic environments. Her focus in particular relates to the pragmatic aspects of communication and social interaction in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders within community settings.  “I was attracted to study and develop my work here because this department of Speech and Hearing Sciences has a holistic and integrative view of communication and its disorders, with a particular interest in the development of evidence-based intervention,” shared Veronica.
Congratulations to Veronica on this honor!

Veronica Vidal