Butera and Hawkins Win PODS Awards

Katie Butera (left) and Kelly Hawkins


Rehabilitation Science students, Katie Butera and Kelly Hawkins were recently awarded 2017 Promotion of Doctoral Studies (PODS) Scholarships from the Foundation for Physical Therapy. These scholarships are part of the Foundation’s Doctoral Opportunities for Clinicians and Scholars (DOCS) Program, and are designed to fund post-professional doctoral students, who, having completed one full year of coursework, wish to continue their studies or have entered the dissertation phase of their post-professional doctoral program.

Kelly Hawkins received a PODS I award for her projected titled “Neural and Behavioral Control of Complex Walking Tasks in Adults Post-Stroke.” This $7,500 award supports of the coursework phase of post-professional doctoral studies prior to PhD candidacy. Kelly is mentored by Dr. Emily Fox.

Katie Butera received a PODS I scholarship last year and this year, after being admitted to PhD candidacy, was awarded a PODS II scholarship for her project “Pain as a Nervous System Disease.” This $15,000 award is supported by the Neurology Section Endowment Fund. Katie is mentored by Dr. Emily Fox and Dr. Steve George.

Congratulations to Katie and Kelly!