SLHS PhD Student Hilary Miller Awarded Acoustical Society of America Scholarship

Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences doctoral candidate Hilary Miller was awarded one of two Raymond H. Stetson Scholarships in Phonetics and Speech Science from the Acoustical Society of America (ASA). Honoring the memory of pioneer phonetics and speech science investigator Professor Raymond H. Stetson, the scholarship facilitates research efforts of promising graduate students.

The Stetson Scholarship includes a $30,000 stipend plus travel expenses to attend ASA meetings during the 2022-2023 academic year.

Miller’s research interests focus on applying neurocomputational models and neuroimaging methods to understand the neural bases of motor speech disorders. She currently studies neural control of speech in the Speech Neuroscience Lab with her academic mentor Professor Frank Guenther.

Miller also recently received a Predoctoral Individual National Research Service grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how patients with primary progressive aphasia learn new speech sequences and to determine the brain regions that support successful learning and if patients’ patterns of brain atrophy are predictive of their learning.

Previously, she was awarded a prestigious ASHFoundation New Century Scholars Doctoral Scholarship, which recognizes doctoral candidates who demonstrate academic excellence and a commitment to a teacher-investigator career in the field of communication sciences and disorders.

Miller received a dual degree from the University of New Hampshire with a BS in chemistry and BA in Spanish. She earned her MS in communication sciences and disorders at the University of New Hampshire, where she completed a thesis on treatment of childhood apraxia of speech. Prior to beginning her PhD at Boston University, she worked as a speech-language pathologist in the Vermont public school system.