UT Dallas professor partners with high school senior on research

A professor from UT Dallas has partnered with a high school senior on speech therapy research. | File image
A partnership between a professor at UT Dallas and a high school student has stemmed a scholarly paper, a forthcoming presentation and various awards and accolades for the student, Divya Prabhakaran, who aspires to be a scientist.

“She’s really a self-starter,” Katz said. “I just described to her what we were doing in our lab and she got on board, designed her own experiment and ran it.”

Prabhakaran, who is a Plano East High School senior, has been working with Dr. William Katz, professor of speech science and neurolinguistics, for the past two years. The two have research systems for visual feedback for speech therapy patients.

“I would say he's one of the reasons I've gotten really interested in doing research,” Divya said. “Dr. Katz has taught me a lot, encouraged me to explore topics I'd want to study, and always has been very supportive.”

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