Dr. Judith Gravel: a lasting legacy
People who inspire others with their passion leave behind a legacy. Dr. Judith Gravel, an internationally acclaimed authority in pediatric audiology, was one of those people. Each year, the Hear the World Foundation ensures that her valuable work is continued by awarding a fellowship grant to an outstanding student at the University of North Carolina.
Place & Year
Project PartnersUNC Chapel Hill
AwardsRichard Seewald Award
The Judith Gravel Fellowship
Dr. Judith Gravel was an inspiration and role model for many people: with her knowledge and commitment. She helped shape the development of pediatric audiology worldwide. After her passing, at the age of 60 in 2008, the Hear the World Foundation joined forces with the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of North Carolina (UNC) in the USA to set up the Judith Gravel Fellowship in her honor.
Insights into audiology in practice
Judith Gravel devoted her whole life to improving advanced education and training in the field of pediatric audiology. She particularly believed in the importance of allowing students to gain experience in clinical practice and encouraging them to work together in interdisciplinary teams. The aim of the Judith Gravel Fellowship is to carry on this mission and enable future generations to benefit from it too. This fellowship, which is awarded annually and comes with a grant of 15,000 US dollars, is designed to support outstanding audiology students in the fourth year of their Doctor of Audiology degree program. Through their active involvement in activities at the UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine and the UNC Hospital, the fellowship recipients gain extensive insights into dealing with hearing loss in babies and children.
A prestigious award
This year, the Judith Gravel Fellowship program has been presented with the 2015 Richard Seewald Award. ”Over the past six years, the Judith Gravel Fellowship at the University of North Carolina has provided a mentored clinical experience to an outstanding graduate student pursuing a career as a pediatric audiologist. The goal of this project has been to create a comprehensive and well-rounded clinical experience that includes both the technical and interpersonal demands of a pediatric audiologist. The 2015 Hear the World Foundation Seewald Award is given to the Department of Audiology at the University of North Carolina Hospitals for developing and implementing a model program for professional capacity building in pediatric audiology”, says Professor Seewald, explaining his choice.
About UNC Chapel Hill
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (known as “UNC Chapel Hill” for short) is a public research-oriented university located in the city of Chapel Hill in the US state of North Carolina. With 30,000 students, it is the second largest university in the state and is regarded as one of the top universities in the country. UNC Chapel Hill’s Pediatric Audiology department provides audiological care to 1,200 children with hearing loss every year and receives more than 3,400 visits from people seeking pediatric audiology consultations.