Get to know Associate Professor Sharyl Samargia-Grivette, a faculty member in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.
When did you start at UMD?
I started as an instructor for one summer class in the summer of 2001 and was hired as a full-time faculty member in August of 2019.
What do you like most about your job?
I'm not sure I can narrow it down to one thing. I enjoy every aspect of the work I do. But, I have to say the energy of the classroom is something I really enjoy and am looking forward to getting back to. My students always bring in a great, positive, curious energy that makes teaching fun.
Can you give a brief description of your research?
I am interested in optimizing neuroplasticity for motor and communication recovery after stroke and brain injury through an integrative rehabilitation approach including neuromodulation.
Why did you choose to work at UMD?
I am an alum, receiving both my B.A.S. and M.A. from UMD! It feels like I have come home. Aside from the sentimentality, I chose UMD because of the faculty and staff in the CSD department. I have so much respect for all of them and knew I would enjoy working with them. Also, I was impressed with all of the resources and support UMD can offer to faculty. I truly feel supported in my teaching and research agendas.
What advice do you have for students?
Don't be worried if you don't know what area(s) of study you want to pursue yet. Enjoy the process of learning and exploring new things. Through that experience, you will find something that ignites your passion!
What do you like to do in your free time?
I can usually be found in my garden digging in the dirt or on the lake trying to catch the elusive walleye!