2020 PDSA Recipient, Alexandra Insoft

Ali Insoft

Ali Insoft

Highland Park, Illinois | Speech Pathology & Audiology Major

Ali has a "strong passion for education and advocacy for individuals with disabilities," which has been strengthened by her involvements and accomplishments at Miami. In her research on and administration of child language assessments, Ali often takes on tasks typically reserved for strong graduate students. Not satisfied with only working on her nominator's existing research project, Ali developed her own research questions about parent-child literacy engagement for families of children with Autism. The promise of her work was recognized with the Dean's Scholar Award, which provided the funding to undertake the project. Ali was slated to present her findings at Miami's Undergraduate Research Forum and the Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Meeting.

Ali's passion isn't confined to the research lab. She is currently the president of both the Miami Autism Allies Club and Miami's chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association. In these organizations, Ali works to raise advocacy on campus and research funds for national efforts. Ali has also been an active member of Best Buddies for her entire tenure at Miami, is in a social sorority, and was a member of the Miami Sign Language and Deaf Culture Awareness Club.