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Bush Awarded Phi Kappa Phi Dissertation Fellowship

Dr. Matthew Bush

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 5, 2017) – Dr. Matthew L. Bush, associate professor in the Division of Otology, Neurotology, and Cranial Base Surgery at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, has been selected as a recipient of a 2017 Dissertation Fellowship from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all disciplines. Bush is one of only 10 recipients nationwide to receive the $10,000 fellowship.

Bush is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Behavioral Science at UK. His research investigates hearing health care disparities in underserved rural populations with a goal to develop and implement innovative interventions that improve the diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss.

Bush was selected for the award based on several criteria including how the fellowship will contribute to the completion of the dissertation, the significance of original research, and endorsement by the dissertation chair. His award will be applied toward 12 months of dissertation writing.

Bush has received extensive medical training at Marshall University and UK in hearing health care, ear surgery, and revolutionary technologies like cochlear implants. It was during a fellowship at OSU where he began to develop a line of research related to disparities of hearing health care for rural populations.

Established in 2014, the Dissertation Fellowship Program allocates $100,000 annually in support of active Phi Kappa Phi members. In addition to these fellowships, the Society awards $1.4 million each biennium to qualifying students and members through study abroad grants, graduate fellowships, funding for post-baccalaureate development, member and chapter awards, and grants for local, national and international literacy initiatives.

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