Etan Haziza of Wanaque, NJ, a graduate student in the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) program at the School of Health and Medical Sciences (SHMS), received a national Scholarship of Excellence Award from the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP). The award recognizes outstanding students in the allied health professions who are achieving excellence in their academic programs and have significant potential to assume future leadership roles in the allied health professions.
Haziza, who received a $1,000 scholarship from ASAHP, is a second-year graduate student in the SHMS SLP program, which prepares students to evaluate and treat speech, language and swallowing disorders and to critically analyze and convey complex information to patients, colleagues and healthcare professionals. His current research interest is the use of music as a therapeutic tool to support language development in children with language-learning disorders.
"Etan clearly demonstrates the drive to do his very best in every opportunity presented to him in the program, be it academic, clinical or research," says Vikram N. Dayalu, PhD, CCC-SLP, chair of the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at SHMS. "He is an eager and active participant in the classroom, and he has expressed interest in pursuing an advanced degree in the profession — I am confident that he will excel in it."
In the essay that Haziza wrote as part of the award application process, he says: "My path to speech-language pathology has been unorthodox. I started by going to school for music, earning a B.A. in jazz performance and continuing on to perform and teach classical and jazz guitar. After many years as a performer and educator, I have come to the field of speech-language pathology intrigued by the similarities between language and musical development. Having an understanding of the necessary skills that support the fluent expression of the language of music has inspired my ongoing interest in imparting similar skills to clients with communication difficulties."
Haziza and his research mentor, Nina C. Capone-Singleton Capone, PhD, CCC-SLP, an associate professor in the SLP department, received the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's (ASHA) Research Mentoring-Pair Travel Award, which, according to ASHA, "fosters the professional development of students and emerging scientists who have expressed an interest in research careers in communication sciences and disorders" by helping to defray the cost of attending the association's annual Research Symposium.
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