Undergraduate Research Projects

Below is a list of research projects completed by undergraduate students in the Departmental Honors and Research Experience Programs.

Spring 2019

Presented at the 2019 Undergraduate Research Symposium

Schedule for Thursday, May 2, 2019 from 3:30-4:30 PM in Dole 3049

Schedule for Friday, May 3, 2019 from 3:00-4:00 PM in Dole 3049

Presented at the 2018 KSHA meeting

  • Betsy Snell (with Savannah Wilkins, Corinne Walker, Brenda Salley), “What are you looking at? Infants’ eye gaze during joint attention”
  • Olivia Rodriguez (with Lauren Mason, Corinne Walker, Debbie Daniels, Brenda Salley), “Associations between attention and language development in infants”

Schedule for December 6, 2018 from 3:30-5:00 PM in Dole 3049

  • Michaela Richardson, “Augmentative and alternative communication: gaining perspectives on the speech and language styles of communication partners”
  • Lindsay Roush, “Mothers’ perspectives on parenting their child with fragile X syndrome: a qualitative study”
  • Nicole Jong, “Understanding speech motor impairment using phonetic contrasts”
  • Sidney Sorrells, “Developing protocols for joint book reading and fidelity of treatment for the multimodal approach to word learning for children with autism project.
  • Emma Gaffney, “AAC & diversity: where are we and where can we go from here?”
  • Kaman Dhanoa, “Effect of rate manipulation on vowel acoustics”​ 


News and events

SPLH/IPCD Graduation Ceremony Information Page, May 18, 2019


Dr. Julie Washington is coming as the invited speaker on February 11, 2019: The Annual Betty H. Bunce Multicultural Lecture 

Dr. Holly Storkel leads a research project aimed at developing effective interventions for kids with DLD called KAW Story. The project just earned a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders to continue research with 60 Kansas kindergarteners across several school districts.

SPLH Professor, Holly Storkel, has been selected as Associate Dean for Academic Innovation & Student Success

SPLH Acting Chair, Nancy Brady, has been promoted to Professor by Chancellor Douglas A. Girod - Chancellor announces faculty awarded promotion and tenure for 2018

Three students received Undergraduate Research Awards for SPLH projects in the Spring 2018 semester!  Congratulations to Grace Carlson (mentored by Navin Viswanathan), Beth Fentress (mentored by Holly Storkel) and Bri Marsh (mentored by Jon Brumberg).

Ana PaulMumy's TEDxKU talk- Placing Value on Human Imperfection

Holly Storkel and Navin Viswanathan receive Friends of the Life Span Institute Investigator Awards in 2017

McKenzie Butcher is one of 13 students to receive Undergraduate Research Awards in fall 2017

Kate DeJarnette, a student in KU’s speech-language pathology program, walks us through why she chose to study augmentative and alternative communication.

Explore a degree in audiology or speech-language pathology at the University of Kansas

"The Impact of Parenting on Fragile X Syndrome" in "Research Features", UK online science magazine, featuring research by Steven F. Warren and Nancy C.Brady

KU to present University Scholarly Achievement Award to Nancy Brady on April 10, 2017

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