2020 Student Research Symposium
The Student Research Symposium (SRS) is an annual event at SDSU where undergraduate and graduate students showcase their research projects. The event is free and open to the public. It offers a variety of oral, poster, exhibit, and performance presentations that all recognize the outstanding scholarly accomplishments of SDSU students.
This past February, the BDC lab’s three on-going projects (Peer Interaction, Reading Attitude, and Sentence Formulation) each had poster presentations at SRS. They presented on the current progress of their research, preliminary findings, and future steps to undertake. The poster presentations were titled:
Peer Interactions in an Intervention for Spanish-speaking Children with and without Developmental Language Disorder
Is Reading Attitude related to Reading Ability to Monolingual Vietnamese Children?
Eliciting Grammatical Productions in Vietnamese Children Using a Sentence Formulation Task
The BDC Lab is incredibly proud of the work that they have done, and all participating lab members found it to be a very educational and enriching experience.
SLHS Poster Presentations
The SLHS Poster Presentations was a departmental event to prepare for the following week’s university-wide Student Research Symposium. BDC lab members practiced presenting their research posters to SLHS faculty and peers. Posters were hung throughout the SLHS building, and SLHS faculty, masters’ students, and members of the public were able to walk through, listen to presentations, and ask questions to prepare presenters for the next week’s main event.
Introducing our International Student Scholar: Lisa Nguyen
For the semester of Fall 2019, Lisa Nguyen was one of the newest student researchers in our lab. Lisa is a visiting scholar from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. She is currently a senior majoring in Speech Sciences and aims to become a Speech-Language Pathologist. She received the Globalink Research Award from Mitacs, a nonprofit organization that supports industrial and social innovation in Canada. Utilizing this Research Award, she has traveled to San Diego State University to conduct her research. Her project at the BDC Lab focuses on phonological awareness development in Vietnamese children. The BDC team is excited to host Lisa and support her research endeavors.
Speech-Language Awareness & Information Day (SAID) 2019
SAID is a community event that raises awareness about speech and language disorders and resources for affected individuals, their families, friends, and allied professionals in the San Diego area. The event is free and open to the public. It offers a community resource fair, a keynote presentation, along with other presenters, and an expert panel for questions.
Our lab shared with attendees what we study and how the outcomes and results can help the community. In this event, we were able to talk to SLPs, parents, and related professionals about bilingual language development and disorders.
This event is co-sponsored by the SDSU Chapter of the National Student Speech-Language and Hearing Association and the SDSU School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences.
Presentations by Dr. Sharynne McLeod and Ben Pham
Dr. McLeod presented on the topic of “Multilingual Children’s Speech: A World Tour.” In this talk, Dr. McLeod discussed the importance of effective assessment practices, particularly for monolingual speech-language pathologists (SLPs) who work with children from linguistically diverse backgrounds. Dr. McLeod shared with the audience a compilation of free resources from the Multilingual Children’s Speech website. The audience included undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral students, and faculty from the School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, as well as SLPs from the community. Dr. McLeod enthusiastically engaged this wide audience and shared her insights on supporting multilingual children’s speech.
Ben Pham, a recipient of the Australian Awards Scholarship, is currently completing her fourth year in the PhD program under Dr. McLeod. She presented with Dr. Giang Pham and Dr. Sharynne McLeod on the latest clinical research on Vietnamese children’s speech and language development with a focus on finding potential markers for impairments. These findings were also shared at an invited seminar at the 2017 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention in Los Angeles, which makes it such a privilege to have these speakers here at San Diego State University.
2017 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention
Every year, ASHA organizes a professional conference that provides attendees with opportunities to learn about the latest research and clinical resources. This year, BDC lab members conducted three presentations.
Dr. Pham, Dr. Sharynne McLeod of Charles Sturt University, and Ben Pham, a PhD Student at Charles Sturt University gave an invited one-hour seminar titled, "Vietnamese Children’s Speech and Language: Latest Clinical Research." This presentation attracted a large crowd of SLPs who work with Vietnamese clients.
Dr. Pham, Dr. Kerry Ebert, and Quynh Dam presented a poster titled, "Introducing a Nonword Repetition (NWR) Task for Vietnamese-Speaking Children." This study focused on the development and validation of a Vietnamese NWR task that can be used to screen Vietnamese-speaking children’s phonological memory skills.
Dr. Pham and Tim Tipton, SLP at San Diego Unified School District, presented a poster titled "Child-Internal & External Factors Supporting First vs. Second Language Development." This study examined which factors supported Vietnamese and English vocabulary outcomes in bilingual children during the early school years.
Society for Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Conference 2017 and the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) Conference 2017
BDC Lab’s very own Kristine Thuy Dinh, an Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) scholar, presented research from this lab on creating the Vietnamese nonword repetition task and on children’s performance on this task at two different conferences, SACNAS and ABRCMS. The 2017 SACNAS: The National Diversity in STEM Conference, was held in Salt Lake City, Utah from October 19-21 while the ABRCMS Conference was held in Phoenix, Arizona from November 1-4.
At both events, Kristine was able to network with other undergraduate and graduate students, faculty members from other universities, and prestigious professionals including brain surgeons, astronauts, Nobel Prize winners, and more. “Meeting successful individuals who come from low-income, undocumented, disabled, or first generation backgrounds at the SACNAS and ABRCMS conferences inspires me to think that anything is possible,” stated Kristine. Through meeting these inspiring individuals, she realized that her education in statistics could be applied in ways she had never thought of before, such as studying outer space with NASA or researching music.
When it came to presenting, the hard work paid off as Kristine was awarded an outstanding research award for her poster presentation at the ABRCMS conference. The BDC is proud of lab member Kristine Thuy Dinh for achieving all that she has and all that she will.
Speech-Language Awareness & Information Day (SAID)
SAID is a community event that raises awareness about speech and language impairments and resources for affected individuals, their families, friends, and allied professionals in the San Diego area. The event is free and open to the public. It offers a community resource fair, a keynote presentation, along with other presenters, and an expert panel for questions.
As a San Diego State University SLHS research lab, we share with attendees what the BDC lab is about, what we study, and how the outcome and results will help the community. In doing so, we are able to talk directly to SLPs, parents, and related professionals about bilingual language development and disorders.
This event is co-sponsored by the SDSU Chapter of the National Student Speech-Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA) and the SDSU School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (SLHS).