Bruce Tesar sends word of the winners of the 2010 undergraduate awards in Linguistics:
The Award for Academic Excellence in Linguistics: Sophia Kao
This is awarded to the senior who has achieved the highest academic distinction in Linguistics.
Sophia has an outstanding record in her coursework, and has conducted independent research under the supervision of Shigeto Kawahara. She has presented her research at the ARC Undergraduate Research Symposium, and is presenting a talk at the 5th meeting of Formal Approaches to Japanese Linguistics, to be held at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Sophia will begin graduate school this fall at SUNY Stony Brook.
The Robert Jeffers Prize: Michael Opper
This is awarded to the senior who has made the most outstanding contribution to the academic life of the Linguistics Department.
In addition to his excellent academic performance in the program, Michael has been a leader in the department as president of the Linguistics Club for the past two years. He just completed his Honors Thesis under the joint supervision of Paul de Lacy (Linguistics) and Richard Simmons (Asian Languages and Cultures). He did his own fieldwork in Taiwan, and presented his research at the ARC Undergraduate Research Symposium. Michael will begin graduate school this fall at the University of Michigan.