Linguistics Department

Award-Winning Students in Linguistics

Mon, May 6, 2013

Many students in the Department of Linguistics—undergraduate and graduate students alike—have worked hard to gain their degrees and to advance their research. Here are some award-winning undergraduate students, along with their recent accomplishments:

•Marla Rosner won honorable mention in the competition for Dean’s Distinguished Graduate this year. In September, Marla will enter the doctoral program in linguistics at the University of California San Diego. Here at UT Marla has been working as a research assistant in Prof. Colin Bannard’s child language lab. The title of her Plan II thesis is "Pragmatic Imitation of Referring Expressions in Three-Year-Olds." Her thesis has been selected as one of the Plan II Model Theses for the Class of 2013 and will be recognized at the Plan II Commencement Ceremony on May 18.

•Clayton Bryson, who graduated in December 2012, will be entering the doctoral program in linguistics at Northwestern University.

•Dylan T. Bumford (B.A., December 2010) is now in the doctoral program in linguistics at New York University. He has just been awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

•Linguistics major Aidan A. Aannestad has been awarded an Unrestricted Endowed Presidential Scholarship for academic year 2013-14. Aidan has been assisting Prof. Rajka Smiljanic in her research in experimental phonetics.

Several of the doctoral students in the Department of Linguistics have recently won recognition too:

•Rachael Gilbert has won a Named Continuing/Endowed Graduate Fellowship for academic year 2013-14 from UT’s Graduate School. Rachael’s dissertation is in experimental phonetics.

•Gabriela Garcia has been selected as a 2013-2014 Library Resident Research Fellow by the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia. Her fellowship will support a one-month residence in which she will consult the library’s holdings on Tepehuan, a Uto-Aztecan language of the Mexican state of Durango that is the subject of her dissertation.

•Tammi Stout has won a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship for Summer 2013. Tammi’s fellowship will support her enrollment in Tulane University’s Kaqchikel Mayan Summer Program in Antigua, Guatemala. Tammi has also recently won a scholarship from the Pan American Roundtable to support her research in Guatemala.

•Natalia Bermudez has also won a FLAS Fellowship for this coming summer.  Her fellowship will support study of the Naso (Teribe) language in Panama.

•Justin McIntosh has won an E. D. Farmer International Fellowship from the Mexican Center of the Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies. Justin’s fellowship will support his continued fieldwork in Mexico on Teotepec Chatino. Justin has also been awarded a fellowship (la Beca Genaro Estrada para Expertos Mexicanistas) from the Mexican government to be a visiting student at CIESAS-Sureste. CIESAS-Sureste is a Mexican graduate school in anthropology located in San Cristóbal de las Casas in the state of Chiapas.

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