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Davenport Fellowship

Sandra Davenport CHARGE Syndrome Fellows Program

The CHARGE Syndrome Foundation is committed to nurturing and educating professionals who have an interest in CHARGE syndrome. The Davenport Fellowship program brings professionals (clinical, research, therapeutic, educational) early in their careers to the International CHARGE Syndrome Conferences. Conferences provide an ideal opportunity for professionals to learn more about CHARGE, interact with one another and get to know families.

The program is named in honor of Sandra Davenport, MD, a medical geneticist with expertise in sensory deficits who was on the original board of the CHARGE Syndrome Foundation. Sandra set the tone for conferences from the beginning – making sure medical and educational professionals interact with one another and ensuing that the conference is a family-friendly place. Her expertise in sensory deficits and deafblindness influenced a generation of CHARGE professionals.

2015 Davenport Fellows

Caitlin Hale, Genetic Counseling student, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Sara Espanet, Deafblind Education specialist, Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown, MA

Alexandra Hudson, Medical student, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Ben Kennert, PhD candidate, Educational Psychology, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI

Rachel Malta, Specialist in Educational Psychology student, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI

Neeraja Reddy, Genetic Counseling student, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Hailey Ripple, PhD candidate, Educational Psychology, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS

Lauren Siems, Genetic counseling student, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Ethan Sperry, MD/PhD candidate, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI


What do Davenport Fellows do?

  • Attend Professional Day Conference (Thursday)
  • Attend the International CHARGE Syndrome Conference (Thursday evening through Sunday noon)
  • Get matched with a family with a child with CHARGE
  • Volunteer for 1/2 day in Camp, with the child from your family
  • Participate in daily sessions with the Fellowship advisors (Meg Hefner and Pam Ryan) and other Fellows
  • Write up observations/experiences/highlights for the CHARGE Accounts newsletter

Who is eligible to apply for a Davenport Fellowship?

Students or professionals early in their career with interest in and some experience with CHARGE syndrome, including (but not limited to) those in the fields of:

  • Medicine
  • Genetic counseling
  • Deafblind education
  • Education and educational psychology
  • Therapists (OT, PT, SLP, etc)

What does the fellowship cover?

  • Registration for Professional Day (Thursday)
  • Registration for International Conference (Thursday evening – Sunday noon)
  • Hotel costs for shared room for four nights (Wednesday – Saturday nights)
  • Travel costs up to $300

Application Information

Applications for 2019 Davenport CHARGE Syndrome Fellowships will be available here in early January, 2019.  Application Deadline for application will be April 1, 2019.