Wendy Herd Graduate Student Support Award
July 2, 2020: The Department of Linguistics at the University of Kansas would like to announce a new scholarship for graduate students that will honor Dr. Wendy Herd,
a 2011 graduate of our Ph.D. program. Wendy is currently in hospice care, spending time at home with her family, after battling cancer for many years. The goal of this
scholarship is to honor her energy, intellect, and strength and to keep her spirit with us always. Click HERE to learn more about Wendy Herd.
To contribute to this award, click on ‘Give Now’ below. You will be directed to the KU Endowment page for Linguistics. In the box marked Special Instructions, please
indicate that your award should go to the ‘Wendy Herd Graduate Student Support Award.’
The Linguistics Department at KU offers a full range of degrees: B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. The first linguistics courses at KU were offered in 1957. In 1968, Linguistics became a department and was authorized to offer a Ph.D. degree. Today, the unique strength of the Linguistics department is the systematic pairing of theoretical and experimental investigations of linguistic knowledge. Its nucleus of full-time faculty members in Linguistics, plus several actively involved faculty members in other departments, serves a student body of about 35 graduate students, 80 undergraduate majors, and many non-majors taking introductory and intermediate courses each semester.
Areas of special strength in the graduate program include Phonetics, Phonology, Syntax, First and Second Language Acquisition, Psycholinguistics, Neurolinguistics, Semantics, and Indigenous Languages. The department also cooperates with other departments, such as Speech-Language-Hearing, Child Language, Indigenous Nations Studies, Anthropology, Education, and Psychology.