Each year an ILAA representative attends the Illinois Junior Academy of Science (IJAS) Fair State Finals to provide specialty judges in the area of sound, hearing, and balance – all things Audiology. We have attended this event for more than 10 years with the primary goal of increasing awareness and encouraging young scientists to pursue the field of Audiology.
This year there was an outstanding response from the volunteer Au.D. students as well as submissions for the science fair. 10 students volunteered to help with judging, which is a record! And it is a good thing we had that many judges… 29 projects were reviewed by the panel (also a record) in 2½ hours with each team presenting and defending the projects they felt were worthy of a prize. Monetary prizes were provided by ILAA and additional prizes were provided by industry supporters Etymotic Research, Phonak, and Oticon.
Natalie McKee, Au.D. from Bloomington-Normal Audiology served as the ILAA representative this year. She was accompanied by Au.D. student judges Robert Risley, David Hirchak, and Katie Eldridge from Rush University; Lauren Moss, Casey Cummings, and Perrine Pham from Northern Illinois University; and Kelcey Cushman, Sara Neumann, Leslie Townsend, and Bayle Anderson from Illinois State University. The projects with audiology ties included auditory processing, balance/dizziness, auditory memory, hearing, physics of sound, hearing aids, and hearing conservation. Five were chosen as exemplary projects and awarded prizes. See the full article for project descriptions.