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PhD Student, Lauern Covey, Dissertation Awards

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Congratulations to Linguistics PhD student Lauren Covey who has now won three different dissertation awards for the coming academic year! Lauren’s dissertation project, which is co-supervised by Dr. Robert Fiorentino and Dr. Alison Gabriele, will use event-related potentials to examine the processing of complex sentences by both native speakers and second language learners of English. Lauren was awarded dissertation grants for her project “An ERP Investigation of Individual Differences in the Processing of Wh- Dependencies by Native and Non-Native Speakers” by both the National Science Foundation and the journal Language Learning. The NSF grant will allow Lauren to hire an undergraduate research assistant, allowing an undergraduate in Linguistics to get hands on training in research on the cognitive neuroscience of second language acquisition. Lauren is also the recipient of the William Orr Dingwall Foundation’s Dissertation Fellowship in the Cognitive, Clinical, and Neural Foundations of Language; only two fellowships are given each year.

 A summary of the project can be found on the NSF website: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1728019&HistoricalAward...


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