New Mexico State University College of Education assistant professor and doctoral candidate Amelia Rau received a 2013 Student Research Grant in Early Childhood Language from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation.
As both a professor and student in the special education and communication disorders department, Rau was selected for her dissertation proposal “Comparing Treatment Effects for Young Bilinguals with Language Impairment.” The $2,000 grant is only given to two recipients each year through a national competition, and is funded by the Arlene M. Matkin Memorial Fund. Rau was nominated by communication disorders program director Linda Spencer.
Rau said she was honored and humbled to receive the grant, but not surprised following the detailed work that went into her dissertation proposal.
“Many years of labor, my own and those of many editing advisers and mentors have gone into even the proposed stage of my dissertation,” Rau said. “Scientific experimentation is all about tightening, controlling and clarifying the conditions under which causality holds. Heeding the critique of my mentors and advisers has been invaluable in tightening my research questions and design.”