Summer Graduate Research Award


Congratulations to our Summer 2021 GRA Recipients!

The goal of the graduate research award program is to support innovative interdisciplinary research in cognitive and brain sciences. Students with interdisciplinary interests are particularly encouraged to apply.


Shanmukha Battula

“Improving Intelligibility of Reverberant Speech in combined Speech and Non-speech Interference”

Home Department: Computer Science Engineering

Visiting Department: Speech and Hearing Sciences

Advisors: Dr. DeLiang Wang and Dr. Eric Healy


Preston Lennon

“Aphantasia and Conscious Thought”

Home Department: Philosophy

Visiting Department: Psychology

Advisors: Dr. Declan Smithies and Dr. Alex Petrov


Holly Lind-Combs

“Using Dynamic Time Warping and Levenshtein Distances to Predict Variability in Perception of Non-Ambient Accents“

Home Department: Speech and Hearing Sciences

Visiting Department: Linguistics

Advisors: Dr. Rachael Frush Holt and Dr. Cynthia Clopper


Michael McKenna

“Validating and Extending a Whole-Brain Functional Connectivity Model of Alzheimer's Disease Pathology”

Home Department: Psychology

Visiting Department: Neurology

Advisors: Dr. Ruchika Prakash and Dr. Douglas Scharre


Connor Rouillier

“Delimiting the Boundary Between Object File Representation and Ensemble Representation of Plural Objects and its Interaction With Morphological Form”

Home Department: Linguistics

Visiting Department: Psychology

Advisors: Dr. Andrea Sims and Dr. Nikole Patson

Headshots of the 2021 Summer GRA Recipients


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