Past Baggett Fellows and Scholars


Baggett Fellows

Christopher Hammerly, 2014-15

Chris worked with Omer Preminger, Naomi Feldman, and Ellen Lau during his year as a Baggett Fellow. With Omer and Naomi together he designed and executed an experiment testing the limits of productivity in French nominal morphology associated with grammatical gender. With Omer he advanced his formal work on how gender is interpreted at the semantic interface. With Ellen and William Matchin he worked on an fMRI/MEG study on the neural correlates of syntactic and semantic combination. He is now in his first year of graduate study at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Tom Roberts, 2014-15

As a Baggett fellow, Tom was involved with a variety of semantic projects. He worked on an empirical and theoretical study of English sequence of tense and double access with Valentine Hacquard, Aaron White, and Daniel Altshuler (Düsseldorf), as well as a corpus study of attitude verbs in child-directed speech with Rachel Dudley. He also launched a study into the semantics of thinking verbs in Estonian, combining corpus methods with fieldwork. Tom and Julia Buffinton hosted the NACLO competition for high school students, a first for UMD. Tom is currently a PhD student at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Aleksandra Fazlipour, 2013-14

Natalia Lapinskaya, 2013-14

Josh Falk, 2012-13

Josh is now a PhD Linguistics student at the University of Chicago.

Lawrence Chen, 2012-13

Lawrence worked on two projects during his year at UMD as a Baggett Fellow. He worked with Naomi Feldman and two research assistants, Anna Bonnet Namyst and Krista Voelmle, using an eye tracker to investigate the age when children use their lexical knowledge to influence their perception of phonological sounds. Furthermore, Lawrence worked with Ellen Lau on a magnetoencephalography study to model M100 dipoles that are stimulated by pure tone frequencies. Lawrence is currently a PhD Neuroscience student in the Integrated Program in Neuroscience at McGill University.

Lawrence says about his time as a Baggett, "There are so many interesting things to do here--inside and outside the work environment. I have developed many skills as a researcher while relishing great company. I had an enjoyable year as a Baggett and I hope the future Baggetts will have the same."

Rachel Dudley, 2011-12

During her Baggett year, Rachel worked on studies in both acquisition and adult psycholinguistics. The acquisition studies Rachel worked on include preschoolers' comprehension of factivity with Naho Orita, Morgan Moyer, Valentine Hacquard and Jeffrey Lidz and preschoolers' ability to use syntactic cues to learn novel attitude verbs with Valentine Hacquard and Jeffrey Lidz. The adult psycholinguistic studies she was involved in include adults' implicit knowledge about the syntactic and semantic properties of attitude verbs with Aaron White, Valentine Hacquard and Jeffrey Lidz as well as adults' perception of simple causal events with Erin Bennett, Alexis Wellwood, Brendan Ritchie and Christopher Vogel. Rachel was also an active member of the Theory of Mind research group and PHLING. She continues the work she began as a Baggett as a current graduate student in linguistics at Maryland.

Of her time as a Baggett, Rachel says: "The Baggett Fellowship is a great opportunity for anyone interested in pursuing graduate work in language science. From the experimental skills I acquired to the relationships I developed with fellow researchers, my Baggett year has only positively affected my research and my life."

Erin Bennett, 2011-12

In her Baggett year, Erin worked with Naomi Feldman and Yakov Kronrod on a project comparing distributional models of vowel learning in Spanish and Catalan to lexically informed ones. She also worked with Naomi Feldman and Annie Gagliardi on a model of novel word learning that made use of children's growing knowledge of grammatical categories. With the PHLING research group, she programmed and ran experiments exploring the semantics and perception of events. She is now a researcher in the Computation and Cognition Lab at Stanford.

Erin says, "I learned so much doing research at UMD, and worked with wonderful people. I also benefited immensely from participating in workshops, attending conferences, and meeting people from other departments and other universities who do interesting work in Linguistics. I'm so grateful for my time as a Baggett!"

Myles Louis Dakan, 2010-11

Myles worked with Akira Omaki, Ellen Lau, and Colin Phillips on an eyetracking study investigating whether English speakers construct filler-gap dependencies before verb transitivity information is available. He also developed a study with Naomi Feldman looking at the lexical identification shift in stimuli with simultaneously ambiguous onsets and codas, and assisted Annie Gagliardi in a study on children's generalization of new words. He then spent a year as a lab manager in the Psychology Department at Northeastern University.

Nora Oppenheim, 2010-11

As a Baggett, Nora worked on a diverse set of projects pertaining to phonology and phonetics with Bill Idsardi, including a study of dialect perception using both behavioral and electrophysiological methods (MEG). She also worked with So One Hwang on phonological processing in sign language, with Bridget Samuels on an MEG study about phonological acquisition, and in the infant acquisition lab on a large scale eye-tracking study involving 400 infants.

Aaron Steven White, 2009-10

Aaron spent his time as a Baggett fellow immersed in a number of projects. His work in acquisition studies included infant parsing with Jeff Lidz and attitude verb comprehension in preschoolers with Valentine Hacquard, Jeff Lidz and graduate student Shevaun Lewis. The work Aaron did with semantics involved a study on number cognition and quantifier understanding with Jeff Lidz, Paul Pietroski and Justin Halberda, and a study on the psychosemantics of the epistemic containment principle with Valentine Hacquard and graduate student (and former Baggett Fellow) Alexis Wellwood.

Aaron received his PhD in Linguistics from UMD in 2015, and is currently a postdoc in Johns Hopkins’s new Science of Learning Institute.

Dave Kleinschmidt, 2009-10

Jennifer Merickel, 2008-09

Jennifer worked on the acquisition of phonological rule systems with Bill Idsardi, Jeff Lidz, and Elika Bergelson, asymmetries in place vs. manner encodings with Mathias Scharinger, Josh Riley, and Bill Idsardi, the acquisition of quantification systems with Jeff Lidz and Alexis Wellwood, active filler-gap processing with Akira Omaki, and infant speech perception in noisy environments with Rochelle Newman. She received her PhD in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the University of Rochester, and is now a postdoc at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Alexis Wellwood, 2008-09

Alexis worked on an acquisition of quantification study with Jeff Lidz and Jennifer Merickel, adult and child behavioral studies on the conservativity property of natural language determiners with Tim Hunter, Jeff Lidz, and Stacey Conroy, behavioral studies on the epistemic containment principle with Valentine Hacquard and Michaël Gagnon, production/comprehension studies of comparative illusions (i.e. Escher sentences) with Colin Phillips, Valentine Hacquard, Roumyana Pancheva, and Scott Fults, and a processing study of comparative ellipsis using EEG with Roumyana Pancheva. Alexis received her PhD in Linguistics from UMD in 2014, and is now an Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Northwestern University.

Alexis says about her time as a Baggett Fellow, "I have benefited greatly from the amazing support and resources (both machine and human) available in the CNL and the Ling Dept in general; my time could not have been better spent!"

Elika Bergelson, 2007-08

Elika worked on an infant rule learning project with Jeff Lidz and Bill Idsardi, an MEG study of two-tone dyads with Bill Idsardi, and an MEG study on the differentiation of words and other human sounds with David Poeppel. She received her PhD in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013, where she was awarded an NSF Graduate Fellowship. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester. In 2014, Elika was awarded $1.25 million by the NIH for being named one of the 2014 Early Independence Award recipients, and in 2015 was named one of Forbes Magazine’s 30 Scientists Under 30. She will will join Duke University as Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience in Summer 2016.

Elika says, "This was really an amazing experience to get involved with research in a hands-on way. The fellowship gives you great freedom to engage in the research that interests you, and allows you to gain skills with lots of different methodologies, and form relationships with faculty and graduate students. The department itself is a really caring and nurturing environment, and the faculty and facilities are really amazing."

Dave Kush, 2007-08

Dave worked on apparent Island Violations in Swedish with Norbert Hornstein and Akira Omaki, online c-command computation with Colin Phillips, Jeff Lidz, Akira Omaki, Brian Dillon, and Pedro Alcocer, processing generics with Shannon Hoerner, David Poeppel, and Sandeep Prasada, and Hindi modality with Valentine Hacquard.

Dave received his PhD in Linguistics from UMD in 2013, where he was an IGERT Fellow. Currently, he is a postdoctoral research at Haskins Laboratories in New Haven, CT.

Rachel Shorey, 2006-07

Rachel worked with Bill Idsardi on formalizing a phonology and morphology representations system based on directed graphs, investigating formant ratios in vowel sound samples, and writing code to try to learn words in an unsupervised environment by segmenting transcribed speech. She received her MS in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where was awarded an NSF Graduate Fellowship. Rachel now works as a software developer at the Sunlight Foundation.

Rachel says, "It was my first experience in a research environment. I went to a small college with no graduate students. I got to do interesting research as an undergrad, but it was mostly done in isolation with one or two other students and a professor. At UMD I participated in lab meetings and heard about and was inspired by the work going on around me."

Annie Gagliardi, 2006-07

Annie worked on the acquisition of filler gap dependencies with Jeff Lidz, categorization systems (like noun classes) with Jeff Lidz and Colin Phillips, and quantifier scope with Takuya Goro. She then became a graduate student in linguistics at Maryland, winning a UMD Summer Research Fellowship, an IGERT Fellowship, and a NSF Graduate Fellowship. As a graduate student she continued to work on the projects she started in her Baggett year, eventually writing a dissertation on the acquisition of noun class systems. She completed an NEH-funded postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Linguistics at Harvard University, working in the Polinsky Language Sciences Lab. Annie is currently a postdoc in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh.

Annie says, "The Baggett fellowship was overall a really good experience - it really showed me what life as a grad student/linguist would be like, helped me develop as a researcher and (I think) helped to have a good range of choices for grad school."

Research assistants

Caitlin Richter, 2013-15

Ilia Kurenkov, 2013-14

Ilia continued the work on Wing Yee Chow's project, looking at what information gets retrieved about antecedents in the process of resolving syntactic and semantic dependencies. He tried getting at these questions with ERP as well as piloting a new technique called speeded cloze. He spent another year in the DC area working for the College of Arts and Humanities as a web developer before pursuing a Master of Science in Cognitive Systems at the University of Potsdam.

Glynis MacMillan, 2012-13

Allison Fogel, 2012-13

Cybelle Smith, 2011-12

Cybelle examined the pattern of sensitivities to semantic stimuli of the N400 electrophysiological neural component in two projects with Colin Phillips, Ellen Lau, Wing Yee Chow, Sol Lago, Shannon Barrios, Dan Parker and Giovanna Morini (Hearing and Speech Sciences). She also helped Sol Lago with her work on anaphora resolution using eyetracking.

After volunteering in rural Yunnan for a non-profit organization called Prop Roots, which empowers child speakers of the endangered language Zaiwa through creative arts and language education, Cybelle is currently a graduate student in Psychology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Shayne Sloggett, 2010-11

Shayne worked with Brian Dillon and Colin Phillips on the use of cue-based retrieval as a model of morphosyntactic licensing, and the effects of intrusion on the perception of agreement and reflexive dependencies. He also worked with Sol Lago and Wing Yee Chow on the processing of pronouns, looking at the kinds of information about antecedents accessed in the course of determining reference. Shayne is currently a graduate student in the Linguistics department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

"I cannot overstate the benefits of my experience as a research assistant in the CNL lab. I came from a fairly theoretical undergraduate department, and my year in the lab was instrumental in getting me thinking about sentence processing, as well as acquainting me with a number of experimental methodologies. The CNL's active and lively lab culture have, for me, set the bar for an excellent lab experience, and the collaborations I engaged in there have continued to shape my interests and research since."

Alan Mishler, 2009-10

Alan worked with Colin Phillips and Brian Dillon on grammatical illusions and intrusion effects in subject-verb agreement and reflexive anaphora, with Akira Omaki on the processing of wh-filler gap dependencies in children, and with a group of IGERT students on the modeling of ferret auditory perception of human speech sounds. Alan is currently a faculty research assistant in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language.

"I learned a tremendous amount as a CNL RA. I got hands-on experience with a variety of research methodologies, I was exposed to areas of linguistics and cognitive science that I knew almost nothing about, and I learned a lot about academia and how behavioral research labs are run. Both intellectually and practically, this was an extremely valuable experience for me."

Michael Shvartsman, 2008-09

Michael worked on selective fallibility in agreement with Brian Dillon and Collin Phillips, the encoding of syntactic predictions with Ellen Lau, Roumyana Pancheva, Valerie van Mulukom, Matt Wagers, and Colin Phillips, musical tone and dyad with Elika Bergelson, Daniel D'Avella, and William Idsardi. He also did a tremendous amount of work to outfit the lab with new eye-trackers and a new experimental backup system. Michael completed his PhD in the Psychology Department at the University of Michigan, working with Rick Lewis and Satinder Singh. He is currently a postdoc at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute with Jon Cohen.

Michael says, "I think that the overall experience was very useful. First of all, it provided a transition for me from a job in industry unrelated to ling/psych (Product Management in a large tech/advisory company) back to science. It also gave me much more experimental experience and really got me a sense of what being a grad student would be like, allowing me to affirm the decision to go to grad school based on much more information. Finally - and perhaps most importantly - it really helped me decide what aspect of language I'd like to focus on, what sort of program I'd like to be in, and what sort of person I'd like to work with. After this year, I really can't imagine going to grad school straight out of undergrad or straight out of industry without having this kind of experience."

Brian Dillon, 2004-06

Brian worked with Colin Phillips and Ming Xiang on illusory licensing in negative polarity item (NPI) dependencies, using both behavioral and electrophysiological measures, as well as with Andrew Nevins and Shiti Malhotra on the processing of Hindi agreement and tense. He went on to study Linguistics at UMD, and wrote a dissertation on memory access during the construction of long-distance dependencies in online sentence comprehension. Since 2011 Brian has been an assistant professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Brian tells us, "Being the CNL RA was a great experience for me, and I learned just about everything I know about doing psycholinguistics during my time in this position. I can't emphasize enough how the whole experience (the research, the people, the environment) impacted me as a researcher."

Ellen Lau, 2003-04

Ellen worked with Colin Phillips on a series of self-paced reading experiments examining the extent to which predictive mechanisms underlying the comprehension of backwards anaphora respect grammatical constraints, and syntactic category prediction in comprehension. She completed a post-doc at the the Massachusetts General Hospital and Tufts University Department of Psychology. She was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Since 2010 Ellen has been an assistant professor in the linguistics department here at the University of Maryland.

Ellen says, "Having a year out of school, close to but on the outside of a graduate program, gave me an outsider's perspective on graduate school that helped me mentally prepare myself to push back a little against the natural tendency for overachievers in high school and undergrad to throw everything into succeeding in school. When you're in graduate school you'll never have done everything you can do in terms of your research, so if you keep that same perspective you'll go crazy. Having that year in between I think put me in a better position to find a better work-life balance through graduate school and after."

Henny Yeung, 2003-04

Henny worked on phonological and sentence processing with Colin Phillips. He recently completed his doctorate in the Developmental Psychology Department at the University of British Columbia. He was awarded an NSF Graduate Fellowship. Henny now lives in Paris, where he is completing a postdoc position.

Henny says, "What really stands out in Maryland is the human resource. After having had experience in 4-5 different laboratories, one realizes how uniquely collaborative and exciting the people are in Linguistics at Maryland. I remember this experience with distinct fondness: the environment there is fosters real intellectual discussion in a relaxed setting. It was not uncommon to schedule impromptu roadtrips to attend workshops or conferences, or debate the finer aspects of Chomsky over barbecue. It really helped me a lot in thinking about a career in research, especially after I had finished my university degree, wondering how to move forward."

Baggett Summer Scholars

Morgan Moyer, 2013

Faculty mentor: Valentine Hacquard

After having perfected my puppeteering skills as a research assistant, this past summer I worked on designing my own study for an undergraduate honor’s thesis. It examines children’s acquisition of indexicals pronouns, specifically in overheard speech. Designing my own experiment was fun as well as challenging, for many reasons. For one, I’m working with a younger age group than before. After adjusting, I now feel that I’ve developed a 6th sense for interacting with toddlers and preschoolers. I am excited for the next step—data analysis.

Anna Marie Bonnet, 2012

Faculty mentor: Naomi Feldman

Naomi Feldman was my faculty mentor and I worked with her on her study of the Ganong Effect (Lexical Identification Shift) in children and infants. We used eye tracking to measure anticipatory eye movements as an indication of how they identified the sound they heard. I also helped Shannon Barrios research the perception of L2 (non-native) phonological relationships in Spanish learners of English. We used the odd-ball paradigm in MEG to measure the M100 neural response to phones in contrastive or allophonic distributions in the L1 or L2. I started working on both studies as a summer Baggett and was able to continue as an undergraduate researcher, ending in August 2013.

Emma Nguyen, 2012

Faculty mentor: Jeff Lidz

Sandy Wan, 2012

Faculty mentors: Jeff Lidz and Alexander Williams

Katrina Connell, 2010

Faculty mentor: Jeff Lidz

Katrina worked with Jeff Lidz in the Child Language Acquisition Lab on two separate studies. One was in the infant lab looking at how children are able to learn novel verbs based on syntax. The other was in the preschool lab, looking at children's understanding of quantifiers like "most" or "more", and their relationship to the development of counting.

Katrina said that "Working in the lab has given me the chance to use what I learn in class in a real world research environment . My time working there inspired my dream to continue researching and go to graduate school. It simultaneously gave me the experience and critical thinking tools I will need to excel in a graduate program. It is truly an amazing experience for anyone who wants to learn more about linguistics."

Mike Fetters, 2010

Faculty mentor: Jeff Lidz

Mike spent the summer of 2010 in the Language Acquisition Lab investigating children's distribution of referential expressions with Jeff Lidz. Mike went on to major in linguistics and write an Honors Thesis on the same topic. In the fall of 2012 Mike became a graduate student at Maryland, on track to get a PhD in linguistics.

Mike says, "The Baggett Summer Scholarship gave me the opportunity to experience the scientific process in full and pursue my own independent studies. This scholarship is invaluable to anyone who wants to see how work in this field gets done, from the nontrivial minutiae of designing an experiment to the broad theoretical underpinnings guiding our research."

Sam Blitzstein, 2010

Faculty mentor: Valentine Hacquard

Summer 2010 found Sam spending his time on two separate linguistics research projects. For half of the summer he worked on a language acquisition project with Dr. Valentine Hacquard, and the other half he worked with Dr. Amy Weinberg on a Computational Linguistics information processing project. Sam is a Linguistics and Computer Science double major, and hopes to work in the tech industry for a few years, before going to apply his studies toward a graduate degree.

Says Sam: "I really enjoyed the experience, and couldn't have asked for anything more. I learned a lot about the research, and even more through being in a research-intensive environment around like-minded people. It is with high regard that I will remember my Baggett Summer, and with little doubt would I aver the merits of a Baggett scholarship."

Heather Cameron, 2009

Faculty mentor: Jeff Lidz

Heather worked with in the Language Acquisition Lab with Jeff Lidz, while completing a double major in Philosophy and Linguistics. She is also interested in becoming a writer, and completed a summer internship at the Kneerim and Williams Literary Agency at Fish and Richardson.

Heather says, "It's such an incredible opportunity to gain work and research experience in a field you're interested in as an undergraduate. If I hadn't gotten the Baggett Summer Scholarship to work in the Lab, I would be spending the summer serving burgers and milkshakes at my old waitressing job. This is a more fulfilling experience and a much more direct step in the direction in which I want to take my life."

Allison Cheng

Faculty mentor: Jeff Lidz

Allison worked on the acquistion of syntax with Jeff Lidz. She is currently an undergraduate at the University of Maryland majoring in Biology and minoring in Linguistics.

Allison says, "As this was my first experience working in a lab, it was exciting to have such a wide range of responsibilities (running subjects, coding movies, thinking critically about studies, etc.). Of these responsibilities, I especially enjoyed running subjects. I hope to be a pediatrician and the lab provided a great opportunity for me to interact with parents and children. I also learned a great deal from lab meetings, where we discussed the methods and details of one study per week. These meetings gave me a good look into how research in linguistics in performed."

Daniel D'Avella

Faculty mentor: Bill Idsardi

Dan worked in the CNL on a project headed by Elika Bergelson and Mike Shvartzman that investigated the perception of dyads. He was particularly interested in the opportunity to explore the relationship between the perception of musical and linguistic sounds. He graduated in 2010 with a degree in Linguistics and a minor in German and hopes to return to the study of linguistics sometime in the future.

Dan says, "Working in the CNL lab was a great way to gain hands-on experience in linguistics research. The opportunity to contribute to science was really rewarding and I was especially excited to work on a project that combined my two major interests: music and linguistics. Most important, though, was the opportunity to learn from other people in the lab and to exchange ideas on a wide range of topics. I would recommend this experience to any student interested in taking the next step in the study of linguistics."

Nathan Ycas

Faculty mentor: Valentine Hacquard and Andrea Zukowski

Nathan worked on designing an experiment investigating the epistemic containment principle, an experiment on 'Escher sentence' production, and corpus research using the NYT Gigaword, with Alexis Wellwood and Valentine Hacquard. He is currently a UMD undergraduate in linguistics.

Nathan says, "The CNL lab was a great environment to work in, and I learned a lot about how research is done. I enjoyed the responsibilities of conducting actual research and getting a chance to solve linguistics problems."

Lori Hoglund, 2008

Faculty mentor: Andrea Zukowski

Lori worked with Andrea Zukowski on tag questions and focusted polarity in normal children and children and adults with Williams Syndrome. She also completed Linguistics and Economics majors while at the University of Maryland.

Lori says, "I really got to delve into the topic and participate in every aspect-- initial research, testing participants, organizing and analyzing data, even talking about possible explanations for results."

Adam Fishbein

Faculty mentor: Juan Uriagareka and Jerry Wilkinson, Biology

Adam worked on vocal mimicry patterns of Satin Bowerbirds. He is currently enjoying a year off from school and plans to attend graduate school in the future.

Adam says, "I really enjoyed having the opportunity to work one on one with one of my favorite professors and engage in truly original research. I also gained the experience and confidence to pursue my academic interests in the future."

Lauren Hoffman

Faculty mentor: Jeff Lidz

Tara (Shenk) Mease

Faculty mentor: Jeff Lidz

Tara spent the summer of 2008 working with Jeff Lidz and Annie Gagliardi on an investigation of the development of comprehension of filler-gap dependencies at different ages. This work fed into her Honors Thesis of 2009. She is now working as the lab manager for the Project on Children's Language Learning, which is the language acquisition lab at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Tara says, "The opportunity to focus on the research full-time over the summer was really an important time for me to dig into the work, gaining a fuller understanding of the background and reasoning, to be able to better contribute to the current needs of the study, and focus on developing the next steps of the research project. Working in the lab the semester before had given me a good introduction, and the summer gave me a solid footing to continue my work in the lab until I graduated the following year."

Hana Quon, 2007

Faculty mentor: Colin Phillips, Akira Omaki, and Andrea Zukowski

Hana worked on sentence processing and filler-gap dependencies with Akira Omaki, PaulHines, Matt Wagers, and Colin Phillips. She received the UMD President's Scholarship 2004-2007, and was listed on the UMD Dean's List.

John Brinjak

Faculty mentor: Andrea Zukowski

John researched Williams Syndrome with Andrea Zukowski. He is a member of the University of Maryland Neuroscience Society.

Cynthia Caviglia Lukyanenko, 2006 and 2007

Faculty mentor: Jeff Lidz

Cynthia worked on children's knowledge of the binding principles with Jeff Lidz and Stacey Conroy. She is currently in the Developmental Psychology Department at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Cynthia says, "The research I started as a Baggett Summer Scholar ended up growing into an Honors Thesis. Working on this project was a huge undertaking, but it was incredibly useful to me. I learned so much about how to design and conduct research, how to dig through data and make sense of what I saw, and I got an introduction to serious scientific writing. The whole thing helped me get a feel for the field of language acquisition research and make my decision to continue in graduate school."

Kevin de Souza

Faculty mentor: Bill Idsardi

Katya Rozanova, 2006

Faculty mentor: Colin Phillips and Ellen Lau

Katya worked on a sentence processing study with Colin Phillips and Ellen Lau.

Paul Hines

Faculty mentor: Bill Idsardi

Paul worked in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Lab under David Poeppel and Bill Idsardi on behavioral and MEG studies examining the effect of syllabic structure on processing written words, the role of contextual information in accessing stored linguistic structures and hemispheric asymmetries in processing global versus local information. He graduated from UMD with a Bachelors of Arts in Linguistics and worked part time in the CNL as a Research Assistant prior to enrolling in law school at Georgetown University. He is currently in his second year of law school, predominantly interested in international and foreign relations law, and works full time as a legal researcher for Garvey Schubert Barer in Washington, DC.

Paul says, "My involvement in research with the Linguistics Department at UMD was an invaluable experience for me. I was able to be involved in fascinating and challenging research and it provided me the opportunity to attend and present research at nationwide conferences. The instruction and guidance I received from the phenomenal professors and graduate students I worked with helped me to grow both intellectually and personally. While I ultimately realized that cognitive science was not the direction I wanted to head in the long term, the analytical abilities and precise thinking skills my research experience taught me have been a huge advantage to me academically and professionally."

CASL-UMD Summer Scholars

Morgan Moyer, 2012

Faculty mentor: Valentine Hacquard and Jeff Lidz

During the summer of 2012, Morgan worked with the Theory of Mind research group under the guidance of Valentine Hacquard and Jeff Lidz. She assisted two acquisition projects: Rachel Dudley and Naho Orita's study on factive verbs, and Kate Harrigan's study on the verb 'want'. Morgan is taking an extra year of undergrad in order to write a thesis on the acquisition of pronouns. She will graduate in the spring of 2014.

Morgan says, "Getting this scholarship was an amazing opportunity in so many ways. I was exposed to a new way of thinking and looking at language and meaning. Also it was fascinating to learn how to integrate the finer theoretical points with more concrete research methods. I can't wait to continue in linguistics and go to grad school."

Alex Ralph, 2012

Ilanna Newman, 2012

Faculty mentor: Jeff Lidz

Ilanna spent the summer of 2012 working with Jeff Lidz on a project that examines children’s verb learning by looking at their knowledge of a particular sentence structure, the Resultative Construction, from a cross-linguistic comparative perspective. She is graduating in May 2013 with degrees in linguistics and hearing and speech sciences. In August 2013, Ilanna is moving to Israel, where she hopes to pursue graduate study in linguistics.

Ilanna says, "Working in the lab during the summer was wonderful. There was ample time to run several subjects a day, and being able to focus fully on research without the commitments of classes meant that I could devote more of my energy to the study. The lab meetings and lunch talks provided the undergraduate researchers with the opportunity to learn about language research across a broad spectrum."