Program: Ph.D., Speech-Language Pathology
Institution: Wayne State University
Focus: Stuttering and Down Syndrome
Hometown: Perth, Australia
Emily Lowther, a Ph.D. student in speech-language pathology with an emphasis on genetics, stuttering and Down syndrome, came to Wayne State University in August 2014 from Australia, specifically because of the research opportunities in WSU’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.
Lowther was recruited for the program just as she completed her master’s in speech pathology in Perth, Australia. She said the decision to come was an easy one because Wayne State could offer her academic and research experience that would be incredibly difficult, if not impossible, to replicate in Australia. She also was drawn by the opportunity to work with her Ph.D. supervisor, Dr. Shelly Jo Kraft, who is prominent in the field of fluency disorders and genetics.
Lowther lives on Wayne State’s campus in Detroit. She said that being part of a university with top-tier research credentials is exciting. But aside from the academics, she has found Michigan — and Detroit, in particular — to be rich in history, art, music and cultural diversity.
Lowther added that it makes her feel as though Michigan has offered her a home away from home.
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