Bryan M. Wong received an American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation Minority Student Scholarship during the 2019 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention, held November 21-23 in Orlando, Florida. Wong graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences from the University of Arizona in 2015 and is now pursuing a Doctor of Audiology degree with a minor in Neurosciences. He also obtained a graduate certification in Intraoperative Neuromonitoring from the University of Connecticut in 2017. His current research interests involve a combination of central auditory processing and electrophysiology, namely utilizing behavioral and electrophysiological measures to explore underlying central mechanisms involved in auditory processing ability. Additionally, he is interested in increasing accessibility of hearing health care to marginalized populations via generative manufacturing processes.
The $5,000 Minority Student Scholarship, supported by the ASHFoundation’s Minority Fund, supports a student who is a member of a racial or ethnic minority group. The student must be enrolled in graduate study in the communication sciences and disorders discipline and demonstrate outstanding academic achievement.
Of the scholarship, Wong said, "This will allow me to focus on my studies and research without the added financial stress looming over head. Additionally, this scholarship has allowed me to pursue new and innovative research ideas that have the potential to increase the accessibility of hearing health devices. I am extremely honored to be selected for this scholarship and thankful to each and every member of the ASHFoundation scholarship committee as well as the donors who made this possible. I would also like to thank those who supported my application, including Frank Musiek, PhD, Barbara Cone, PhD and Linda Norrix, PhD, who wrote letters of recommendation on my behalf."
The ASHFoundation is a charitable organization that promotes a better quality of life for children and adults with communication disorders. The ASHFoundation is affiliated with ASHA and is part of the Association’s annual Convention ─ the most comprehensive development conference for audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language and hearing scientists.