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The BAS organises two annual student prizes. The closing date for receipt of submissions is 17th July 2015

Student Essay/Case Report Prize:

£150 will be awarded for the best essay or case report on any topic relating to acquired aphasia. Entrants should be undergraduate or postgraduate students (Masters level). The prize will be divided on the basis of £100 to the winning student and £50 to his/her educational establishment. Click here to view the guidelines and to download the entry form.

2014-2015 Winner: Fiona Robinson, from University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, supervised by Janet Scott for her essay entitled ‘Is there sufficient evidence to support the relationship between executive functioning and the functional use of AAC for people with aphasia? Examining the research evidence.’

2012/2013 Winner: Chloe Beech from Sheffield University, supervised by Ruth Herbert: "Discuss the methods by which speech and language therapists might assess outcomes from therapy in accordance with the ICF framework with reference to clients with lexical retrieval difficulties in aphasia".

2011/12 Winner: Elizabeth Anderson from Sheffield University, supervised by Ruth Herbert: 'Auditory processing in aphasia: theory and data'

2010/11 Winner: Laura Affleck from the University of Strathclyde, supervised by Catherine MacKenzie: 'Apraxia of Speech: Diagnostic Issues'

2008/9 Winner: Joanne Macleod (Strathclyde University) 'The wider benefits of impairment based interventions for word retrieval difficulties in aphasia: a discussion of generalisation.'

2006/7 Winner: Lauren Haugh (University of Strathclyde) 'Exploring the counsel explanations of right hemisphere pragmatic language difficulties.'

2005/6 Winner: Laura Harvey (University of Strathclyde) 'Aphasia and employment reintergration.'

2003/4 Winner: Shalva Abel (University of Manchester) 'People with aphasia can be given therapy using an impairment-based approach or a functional-communication approach. Define, compare and evaluate the two approaches and describe how each approach can improve a person's quality of life.'

Student Project Prize: (click on student names for link to summaries where available)

£300 will be awarded for the best student project on any topic relating to acquired aphasia. The prize will be divided £200 to the winning student and £100 to his/her educational establishment.The project or dissertation should have been submitted as part of the normal examination procedure in the final year of an undergraduate or postgraduate course (Masters level).  Click here to view the guidelines and to download the entry form.

2014-2015 Winner: James McGoldrick, from UCL, supervised by Carolyn Bruce for his project entitled ‘Assessing the text-level reading skills of adults with aphasia’ 

2012/2013 Joint winner: Cathy Blair  supervised by Anne Edmundson (UCL) "Investigating semantic impairments in people with aphasia using mouse-tracking technology: the effect of semantic distractors in a single word           comprehension task"

 2012-2013 Joint winner: Alison Milne  supervised by Carol Sacchett (UCL) "A study to investigate the                     influence of familiar and unfamiliar communication partners on the effectiveness and efficiency of message transaction using total communication with a person with aphasia".

2011/12 Winner: Belen Lopez from University College London, supervised by Anne Edmunson & Carolyn Bruce: 'Investigating the effects of social interaction and intellectual activities on cognitive functioning in people with aphasia'

2010/11 Winner: Helen Davy from University College London supervised by Carolyn Bruce and Caroline Newton: 'Getting into shape: The effect of Shape Coding on the spoken language production of a man with chronic aphasia'

2009/10 Winner: Justine Green (University College London) 'The effect of unfamiliar accent on immediate story recall in adults with aphasia.'

2009/10 Runner Up: Catherine Tattersall (University of Sheffield) 'The effect of phonological blocked cyclical naming on errors made by individuals with aphasia.'

2008/9 Winner: Nicola McGreal (Newcastle University) 'Fairytales, contemporary narratives and picture sequences: Do they tell us the same things in aphasia?'

2007/8 Winner: Claire Rossiter (University College London) 'Penguins don't fly. An investigation into typicality and its effect on naming in aphasia.'

2007/8 Runner Up: Fiona Johnson (University College London) Reconsidering formulaic expressions in aphasia: a conversation analytic case study of usage in interaction.'

2006/7 Winner: Lisa Clarkson (City University) 'Developing a test of abstract word recognition.'

2004/5 Winner: Eleni Peristeri (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece) 'Agrammatism in Greek: aspects of production and comprehension.'

2003/4 Winner: Kendall Bright & Linda May (City University) 'Developing a measure to assess conversation in aphasia: a comparison between aphasic and non aphasic people.'

Guidelines for the student prizes are available from the links above, or contact Jennifer Vigouroux