A: It’s tremendously exciting in a way. There are not many people operating in my same field because I’m working at the interface of audiology, otolaryngology, gerontology and public health. It’s exciting because since there really hasn’t been much research done in this area, there are a lot of opportunities to make some very quick advances. But it’s daunting in the sense that I feel like I’m at the very tip of an iceberg and there’s a lot more to do.
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Q: These are competitive grant processes. What kind of honor is it to be awarded the financing?
A: It’s absolutely fantastic, especially in today’s funding climate, where research funds are getting increasingly scarce. It’s an incredible honor to be considered by my peers as well as the people at the top of the field as being worthy to have this investment put into developing my academic career.