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Glaze Fellowship Bridging the Funding Gap

Leslie E. Glaze Fellowship match aims to raise endowment & bridge funding gap for SLHS doctoral scholars
December 6, 2016

In 2002, Phyllis Maizlish established the Leslie E. Glaze Graduate Fellowship Endowment to honor her daughter, a former director of clinical programs and academic professional in our department. Both of Mrs. Maizlish’s parents had suffered massive strokes in later years and received speech-language therapy to mitigate the debilitating effects of aphasia. To date, this endowment has provided partial doctoral support for three SLHS Glaze Fellows:

  • ŸKerry Danahy Ebert (PhD 2011), assistant professor at Rush University, studies cognition and language in bilingual and monolingual children
  • ŸKathryn (Katy) O’Brien (PhD 2016), assistant professor at University of Georgia-Athens, studies neurogenic disorders and traumatic brain injury
  • ŸTrevor Perry (current University of Minnesota PhD student), studies hearing loss and related impairments
Portrait of Katy O'Brien

“As someone who was working clinically as a speech-language pathologist, the Glaze fellowship award made returning to school for a doctoral degree an attainable goal. The fellowship allowed me to focus on research as soon as I started my program and set me on the path toward designing studies on evidence-based practice that were fundable at the College, University, and Foundation level while still a doctoral student. Now in a faculty position at a research intensive university, I continue to benefit from the experiences I gained during my years supported by the Glaze Fellowship.”  
– Katy O’Brien

On December 1, 2016, our SLHS faculty and academic professionals, in partnership with Richard and Leslie Glaze, announced a new fundraising effort to increase the principal balance of the Glaze Fellowship. A special 1:1 challenge match will double the impact of any donation to the Leslie E. Glaze Graduate Fellowship, with the goal of raising an additional $100,000.

The need for doctoral student aid has never been more acute, as nationally, the speech-language-hearing professions face a looming academic crisis due to the declining numbers of PhD graduates in our discipline. In 2013–14, there were 299 open faculty positions available to 156 PhD graduates (down from 183 in 2012–13). One third of these open positions went unfilled. Although a strong job market for clinical speech-language pathologists and audiologists may dissuade some MA graduates from pursuing doctoral study, the cost of doctoral education is the largest single barrier for most talented applicants. With annual tuition and fees ranging from $25,000–$50,000, doctoral students rely on grants, stipends, and scholarships.

Our department has a long and celebrated record of doctoral education in speech, language, and hearing sciences, with PhD graduates placed in faculty and administrative positions at universities nationwide. Nearly all of our PhD graduates earn the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence, reflecting our emphasis on translational research that leverages scientific inquiry to improve clinical problem solving. Nonetheless, our program competes against other peer institutions for a smaller pool of PhD applicants. Mark Deruiter, Director of Graduate Studies explained: "Offering competitive scholarships to our most deserving PhD applicants is an ongoing challenge. Many will receive multiple offers from different universities. The Glaze Fellowship gives an incoming doctoral student time to focus on research and scholarship immediately, setting the stage for future success in an academic career."

A shortage of research faculty threatens our capacity to prepare the next generation of clinicians, scientists, and educators, diminishing evidence-based innovation in speech, language, and hearing sciences and disorders. An increase in the Leslie E. Glaze Graduate Fellowship Endowment will provide permanent tuition funding to support future SLHS doctoral students in speech, language, or hearing. If you are in a position to contribute, your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar by this challenge match.

Contact Colleen Donahue by email or by phone at 612-626-7642 to learn how to help