Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Success Stories

Please celebrate with us, as we honor one of our very own! Katelyn Dietrich, a recent 2021 Communication Sciences and Disorders, Masters graduate, was awarded the 2021 St. Cloud State University Distinguished Thesis Award! Her topic was, "Dynamic Assessment with Bilingual (Somali/English) Children: Implications for Improving Accuracy of Identification for Language and Reading Disorders". Our CSD department is so very proud of Katelyn and all of her hard work and dedication! 

"Competing a thesis was the best decision for me. It provided an opportunity to make connections with a local school, collect data in-person, and share findings with professionals across related fields. All of this was done on a flexible schedule and with strong support and guidance from my thesis committee. Along the way, I developed a deeper understanding and appreciation for the research process and its "real world" implications."   ~Katelyn Dietrich

Way to go Katelyn!

 Katelyn Dietrich

Maggie Boling and Katie Denzen, recent 2022 Masters graduates in our CSD program, presented their work at the 2021 ASHA Convention in Washington DC, along with faculty mentors Dr. Mili Mathew and Dr. Grama Rangamani. The title of their paper was “Relationship between Gestures and Verbal Discourse - Evidence from Monolingual English and Asian-Indian Bilingual Speakers". Both Maggie and Katie received the SCSU Student Mentor Collaboration Grant as well as the College of Health and Wellness Professions Internal Funding Scholarship, which supported their presentation and conference attendance. 

We are so very proud of you both and your successes!

 Maggie Boling  Katie Denzen 

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