Every year the Linguistics Department awards two prizes to graduating undergraduate linguistics majors.
For AY 2010, the Linguistics Department Prize for Academic Excellence was awarded to Kelly Garvey. Kelly, who also received the Henry Rutgers Scholar Award, wrote a thesis on the perceptibility of place contrasts, supervised by Shigeto Kawahara. She has presented at the CUNY Psycholinguistics Supper, the Penn Linguistics Colloquium, and – most impressively – at the prestigious West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL).
The Robert Jeffers Prize for Outstanding Contributions to the Linguistics Program was awarded to Jesse Zymet. Jesse has been president of the Undergraduate Linguistics Club for the past year. He also wrote a thesis on cocompounds, supervised by Mark Baker.