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3 Linguistics students receive Undergraduate Research Awards for spring

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

3 Linguistics students receive Undergraduate Research Awards for spring  

Tue, 01/26/2021


LAWRENCE — This spring, 41 KU students will receive an Undergraduate Research Award. UGRA recipients are awarded a $1,000 scholarship as they work on mentored research and creative projects.   

Students apply for UGRAs by writing a four-page research proposal under the guidance of a mentor. Faculty reviewers evaluate the applications based on the merit of the applicant's proposal and a recommendation from the mentor.   

“Undergraduate research allows students to apply their classroom knowledge to real-world problems, and experiential learning opportunities like these add richness to their educational journey at KU,” said Alison Olcott, director of the Center for Undergraduate Research and associate professor of geology.   

The Center for Undergraduate Research is currently taking applications for the Summer/Fall 2021 UGRA competition.  The deadline for student proposals will be March 25. More information can be found here: www.ugresearch.ku.edu/ugra   

Linguistic students receiving awards for the spring of 2021 are listed below in alphabetical order, along with their academic level, hometown, project title, mentor and mentor’s department:  


Amber Mikkelsen, a senior from Lawrence: “Examining the Origin of 'Island Effects' in Complex Sentence Comprehension,” mentored by Robert Fiorentino and John Gluckman, linguistics. 


Sara Mulneix, a senior from Lawrence: “Humor and Transgender Identity,” mentored by Philip Duncan, linguistics.   


Katherine Patz, a senior from Tulsa, Oklahoma: “Analyzing Syntactic Structure of Question Sentences by Simultaneous Bilingual Children Acquiring English and Japanese,” mentored by Utako Minai, linguistics.   


For information on how to get involved in research as an undergraduate Linguistics student, please contact Dr. Utako Minai, Undergraduate Research Coordinator, Department of Linguistics (minai@ku.edu).


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