Student Awards

Fall 2016 / Spring 2017

Award for Excellence in the Study of Linguistics
• Emma Reidy

Award for Excellence in the Study of Psychology and Linguistics
• Taylor Block

Leadership and Service in Linguistics
• Michael Zhong

Outstanding Promise for 2nd year student
• Anna Bintinger

Outstanding Promise for 1st year student
• Cecillia Carrol

Students Completing Honors

  • Migyeong Jang, High Honors. "Exploring Near-Nativeness in Second-Language English Speakers"  (Marjorie Pak, Director).
  • Mackenzie Levy, Highest Honors.  "The Past, Present and Potential of Hinglish in India" (Hossein Samei, Director).
  • Margo Menkes, Highest Honors - "Self-Generation of Novel Information through Integration of Cross-Language Episodes" - Joint Psychology & Linguistics Major, Psychology Honors.
  • Emma Reidy, High Honors - "An Investigation of the Linguistic Properties of Emoji" - High Honors (Marjorie Pak, Director).
  • Michael Zhong, Honors - "A Study into Emoji Use in the Multi-Party Chat" (Yu Li & Hiram Maxim, Directors).

Fall 2015 / Spring 2016

Award for Excellence in the Study of Linguistics
• Cody Stephens

Award for Excellence in the Study of Psychology and Linguistics
• Cameron Coppala

Outstanding Promise for 2nd year student
• Andy Dong

Outstanding Promise for 1st year student
• Doris Zhou

Students Completing Honors

  • Cameron Coppala, "Making heads or tails of idiom processing: Semantic transparency, syntactic flexibility, and the lexical representation of idioms." Highest Honors (director: Dr. Marjorie Pak).

Fall 2014 / Spring 2015

Award for Excellence in the Study of Linguistics
• Austin Blodgett

Award for Excellence in the Study of Psychology and Linguistics
• Christopher Naber

Outstanding Promise for 2nd year student
• Belinda Chung

Outstanding Promise for 1st year student
• Nury Perez-Martinez

Students Completing Honors

  • Danielle Berkowsky, "Compensating for the Lack of a Gender-Neutral Pronoun in English: What Makes a Method Successful (with Evidence from Chinese)
    and What Should We Do?"
  • Kristina Juergensmeyer, "Equestions in Mediation: How Mediators Change their Language to Facilitate the Process of Mediation."
  • Christoper Naber, "Account and acquisition of Hiatus Resolution: /r/-Linking and /r/-Intrusion."
  • Aneyn O'Grady, "Embodied Fictions: Narratives of the Face."
  • Shivani Patel, "Prosody and the Development of Conversational Interactions in Infants at Risk of ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder)."
  • Sarahmarie Specht-Bird, "I Can't Even Because Language: Investigating Attitudes Towards Internet Phrases in Speech."
  • Tiffany Vu, "The Syntactic Constraints of the Japanese Particle 'NE'."

Fall 2013 / Spring 2014

Award for Excellence in the Study of Linguistics
• Kristin Denlinger
• Ian Kirby

Award for Excellence in the Study of Psychology and Linguistics
• Arielle Friehling

Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service to the Program in Linguistics
• Cass Lanford

Outstanding Promise for 2nd year student
• Peter Witzig

Outstanding Promise for 1st year student
• Marla Rojas

Students Completing Honors

  • Kristin Denlinger, "The Role of syntax in Word Conversion: Users and Limits to a Corpus-Based Approach to Converted Denominal Verbs." Highest Honors (director: Dr. Phillip Wolff).
  • Arielle Friehling. "Emergence and Development of Phonological awareness in 2.5-and 3.5-Year-Old Children." Highest Honors (director: Dr. Laura Namy).
  • Ian Kirby, "Any as a Negative Polarity Item: From Old English to Early Modern English." Highest Honors (director: Dr. Majorie Pak).
  • Connor Leydecker, "The Language of Prayer: A Qualitative Linguistic Analysis of Prayer Form & Function." High Honors (director: Benjamin Hary).
  • Alexandra Lopez, "Bitch, You're Such a Slut!: How College Women use Bitch and Slut for Relationship and Identity Work." High Honors (director: Dr. Susan Tamasi).
  • Laura Manor, "Dictionary Dissection: A Computational Approach to Recovering Primitive Concepts." High Honors (director: Dr. Phillip Wolff).

Fall 2012 / Spring 2013

Award for Excellence in the Study of Linguistics
• Kimberly Edmunds
• Lauren Henrickson

Award for Excellence in the Study of Psychology and Linguistics
• Valentin Lazar

Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service to the Program in Linguistics
• Alexander Riddle

Outstanding Promise for 2nd year student
• Christopher Naber

Outstanding Promise for 1st year student
• Cameron Coppala

Students Completing Honors

  • Kimberly Edmunds, "Chinese ESL Learners' Overuse of the Definite Article: A Corpus Study." Highest Honors (director: Dr. Marjorie Pak)
  • Sarah Leiter, "Christianese: A sociolinguistic analysis of the evangelical Christian dialect of American English." Highest Honors (director: Dr. Benjamin Hary)
  • Michelle Linch, "The Role of Sound Symbolism on Product•Label Pairings." High Honors (director: Dr. Lynne Nygaard )


Awarded the Bobby Jones Scholarship for a year of study at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland
• Lauren Henrickson

Awarded the 2013 Academy of American Poets Prize
• Alexander Riddle

Honorable Mention (Social Sciences), 2013 College Research Symposium
• Michelle Linch, "The Role of Sound Symbolism on Product - Label Pairings."
Director: Dr. Lynne Nygaard 

Fall 2011 / Spring 2012

Award for Excellence in the Study of Linguistics
• Wes Smith

Award for Excellence in the Study of Psychology and Linguistics
• Katherine Dzubinski

Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service to the Program in Linguistics
• Margaret Swerlick

Students Completing Honors
• Kelsey Jamerson, "Revisiting Possession in English." High Honors (director: Dr. Phil Wolff)
• Wes Smith, "Gestural Origins of Language as an Evolutionary Explanation for the Digital and Analogic Properties of Human Communication." Highest Honors (director: Dr. Bradd Shore)

College Symposium Best Presentation Award in Social Sciences
• Kelsey Jamerson, "Revisiting Possession in English."

Fall 2010 / Spring 2011

Award for Excellence in the Study of Linguistics
• Joshua Keller

Award for Excellence in the Study of Linguistics
• Robert Smith

Award for Excellence in the Study of Psychology and Linguistics
• Christianna Beachley
• Jennifer Clegg
• Samuel Ritter

Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service to the Program in Linguistics
• Alec Fox

Students Completing Honors
• Marina Santiago, Linguistics, With High Honors (Director: Dr. Tamasi)
• Robert Smith, Linguistics, With Highest Honors (Director: Dr. Pak)
• Jennifer Clegg, Psychology and Linguistics, With Highest Honors (Director: Dr. Rochat)
• Samuel Ritter, Psychology and Linguistics, With Highest Honors (Director: Dr. Wolff)

Fall 2009 / Spring 2010

Award for Excellence in the Study of Linguistics
• Nihar Mathur

Award for Excellence in the Study of Psychology and Linguistics
• Kaitlyn Bankieris

Students Completing Honors
• Tonia Davis, Linguistics, With Highest Honors (Director: Dr. Phil Wolff)
• Nihar Mathur, Linguistics, With Highest Honors (Director: Dr. Lynne Nygaard)
• Meredith West, Psychology and Linguistics, With Highest Honors (Director: Dr. Phil Wolff)

SIRE Research Best Presentation Award (Humanities)
• John Culnan, "The REALM Test in Health Communication"
Mentor: Dr. Susan Tamasi, Linguistics

College Symposium Best Presentation Award (Social Sciences)
• Nihar Mathur, "Phonetic Correlates of Sound Symbolism"
Mentor: Dr. Lynne Nygaard, Psychology

Honorable Mention:
• Kaitlyn Bankieris, "Sound Symbolism and the Perception of Shape and Implied Motion"
Mentor: Dr. Lynne Nygaard, Psychology
• Tonia Davis, "Who really turned out the light? Defining metonymic licensing from an empirical standpoint"
Mentor: Dr. Phillip Wolff, Psychology

Fall 2008 / Spring 2009

Award for Excellence in the Study of Linguistics
• Presley Pizzo
• Hilary Prichard
• Alessia Waller

Award for Excellence in the Study of Psychology and Linguistics
• Rebecca Ojo

Fall 2007 / Spring 2008

Award for Excellence in the Study of Linguistics
• Julia Johnson

Award for Excellence in the Study of Psychology and Linguistics
• Emily Malina