(Manually xposted from my site
I am happy to announce that I am going to attend the PhD program in Speech and Hearing Science at the University of Iowa. Moreover, the university awarded me a Presidential Graduate Research Fellowship, which is a really wonderful opportunity.
The Iowa program is currently ranked #1 in the US in speech-language pathology. I’m amazed I got this offer, this was my first time applying and I had little idea what to expect. This is probably the best offer that’s out there in the field.
I have many people to thank! First and foremost I’d like to thank Rose Lemberg for all the amazing support and advice I’ve received – I couldn’t have done this without you, I probably wouldn’t even have tried. I thank you with all my heart. Likewise a lot of thanks to Mati for his love and happiness!
I’m very much looking forward to working with Dr. Karla McGregor, and I’d also like to use this opportunity to thank her and all members of the Word Learning Lab for their hospitality and the kind welcome. On my visits to Iowa it was also great to meet Amanda Van Horne, Jean Gordon and Bob McMurray, among others. I owe a lot of thanks to Mary Yotty and Katherine Rebal of the administrative staff, who put up with all my visa trouble and paperwork and were amazingly helpful and supportive.
I am very grateful to everyone who wrote me recommendation letters – in alphabetic order: László Kálmán, Rupert Lanzenberger, András Vargha.
I am also greatly thankful to everyone at the departments who’d agreed to meet me even before I’d even applied, and put up with my travel difficulties and dietary needs. Especially huge thanks to Karla McGregor, Amanda Van Horne, Matthew Rispoli, Holly Storkel, Laura DeThorne, again in alphabetic order. I am also very grateful to Laura DeThorne for being interested in ASDs beyond the pathology aspect, and I would like to use this opportunity to recommend her if any of you are considering the University of Illinois.
A special mention also goes to Pamela Hadley and the good people at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who’d even offered me a travel grant after my Greyhound bus never showed up in the middle of the night and I got stranded in Champaign. Sadly I wasn’t able to accept this money due to the terms of my visa waiver, but it was greatly appreciated.
A huge thank-you for all the grad students who were assigned to drag me around campus and answer my incredibly naive questions about American universities. Especially big thanks to Megan-Brette Hamilton for the secrets of academic small talk :D and Mariana Aparicio Betancourt for telling me about Jewish life and border crossing experiences. And to everyone in Iowa – looks like we’ll meet again!
I’d also like to thank my friends who made my stays in the US a lot more hospitable and who I was happy to meet, again in alphabetic order – Lisa Bradley, Bryn Greenwood, Karina Meléndez (thank you for the surprise books!), Shweta Narayan, Nathaniel J. Smith, Tom @orlikeawhale (yay food!). And there is always Mippo :D