David Muir Graduate Student Award

Nature of the Award

Passy-Muir Inc. invites master's students to compete for the 2014 David A. Muir Graduate Student Award for a Case Study Presentation related to the use of the Passy-Muir® Valve in the assessment and treatment of dysphagia and/or communication. The recipient will be announced and recognized at the November 2014 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention in Orlando, FL.


    One award includes the following:
  • Travel assistance to the 2014 ASHA Convention in Orlando,FL to receive award
  • $200 donation to the NSSLHA scholarship fund in honor of the award recipient
  • $1500.00
  • Text book: Communication and Swallowing Management of the Tracheostomized and Ventilator Dependent Adult, Karen J. Dikeman and Marta S. Kazandjian
  • Pocket T.O.M.™ Anatomical Model, used for bedside education


The competition is to recognize the presentation of a case study in the area of dysphagia and/or communication related to the tracheostomized adult or child. It is open to master’s students enrolled in graduate study in speech-language pathology or speech-language science at an academic program in the United States. Master’s degree candidates must be in a program accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and a member of National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA). The student must be enrolled full-time in the year 2014.

Deadline for Submission of Applications

Complete submissions must be received by October 3, 2014 to be eligible for consideration during this award cycle. No extensions will be granted. Confirmation that your application has been received will be sent via e-mail.

Evaluation Criteria

A review panel will evaluate the presentation of the case study based on the following five criteria:

1. Style – The case study is presented clearly with correct formatting, grammar and spelling.

2. Significance – The care plan and treatment modalities described is of interest to clinicians in the field of communication science disorders and impacts clinical needs relevant to speech-language pathology.

3. Approach - The writer has a unique perspective in presenting the case study.

4. Design – The case study must include at least the following:

  • Complete history and diagnosis
  • Initial evaluation including methods of assessments of speech, voice, language and swallow and assessment results.
  • Complete description of assessment for the Passy-Muir® Valve and initial placement.
  • Plan of care
  • Concise goals of therapy
  • Clinical outcomes
  • Resources and materials used including clinical preceptors and any training the writer used in preparation of treatment plan or presentation.
  • Patient perspective
  • Video of patient(including written permission to share video)
  • Discussion and summary including limitations
  • Optional (highly recommended): MBSS and/or FEES studies

5. Innovation – The writer suggests refinement, improvement, or new application of theoretical concepts, methods, or interventions


The recipient of this award is strongly encouraged to submit the case study to:
  • The Program Committee of an upcoming ASHA Convention
  • The National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA) journal, Contemporary Issues in Communication Science and Disorders
  • ASHA research journals

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