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Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) provides grants of up to $1,700 (including stipends and research expenses) for you to carry out a project of your own design in close collaboration with a faculty sponsor or work with a faculty member on her/his scholarly or creative project.

How to find a UROP project

UROP projects can be initiated either by students or by faculty. You are welcome to approach faculty members with your own research project ideas. Sometimes UROP project announcements are sent via e-mail to linguistics students. Individual students and faculty also may approach each other. The UROP website includes a blog where faculty can post projects.

Recent UROP/URS research projects in Linguistics

  • Joanna Shoemaker: Seeking the structure of multiple sluicing. Supervised by Tim Hunter.  Dates: 1/19/2016-5/14/2016
  • Kassandra Williams: Comparative Analysis of the Augment in Bantu Languages. Supervised by Claire Halpert.  Dates: 1/21/2014-5/17/2014
  • Alexander Jarnow: Variation in Chinese Topic-Prominent Constructions. Supervised by Claire Halpert.  Dates: 1/21/2014-5/17/2014
  • Colin Davis: A Comparative Linguistic Study of Azeri and Japanese Verbal Morphosyntax. Supervised by Claire Halpert.  Dates: 1/21/2014-5/17/2014
  • Thuy Bui: Yes-no questions in Vietnamese. Supervised by Hooi Ling Soh.  Dates: 1/21/2014-5/17/2014
  • Benjamin Slye: A study of Bantu languages and their augments.  Supervised by Claire Halpert.  Dates: 4/15/2013-6/30-2013
  • Christopher Hammerly: Which semantic and phonological characteristics of known words optimize foreign word-learning in preschoolers? Supervised by Maria Sera. Dates: 1/22/2013-5/18/2013
  • Dominic Fladland: The likeness requirement for coordination in English. Supervised by Brian Reese. Dates: 2/11/2013-4/30/2013
  • Kyle Marek-Spartz: Classifying language change, determining which aspects social network structure most affect change. Supervised by Brian Reese. Dates: 2/21/2012 to 5/15/2012
  • Hannah Sande: Nouchi: A phonological case study Supervised by Nancy Stenson. Dates: 7/1/2011-12/31/2011
  • Xuyen Dinh: The distribution and interpretation of time and spatial classifiers in Vietnamese Supervised by Hooi Ling Soh. Dates: 7/1/2011-12/31/2011
  • Ethan Poole, The partitive Case in Northern Swedish Supervised by Hooi Ling Soh. Dates: 9/12/2011-12/5/2011
  • Kyle Marek-Spartz: Sociolinguistic implications of outgroups on texting and slang use Supervised by Brian Reese. Dates: 9/06/2011-12/15/2011
  • Laura Ruuska: Perceptual learning of gender differences in speech Supervised by Benjamin Munson. Dates: 7/18/2011-11/1/2011
  • Evan Jones: Irish initial mutations and English loanwords Supervised by Nancy Stenson. Dates: 8/30/2010 to 12/6/2010
  • Erin Baker: Storytelling in colloquial Malay Supervised by Polly Szatrowski. Dates: 12/15/09 to 5/15/10                

Contact Information

Portrait: Brian Reese
Brian Reese
Director of Undergraduate Studies

S314 Elliott Hall
Spring advising hours:
Mondays 3:00pm–5:00pm
Thursdays 10:00pm–11:00pm
and by appointment

Undergraduate News

LSA 2014 Annual Meeting
Three of our Linguistics undergrads have been selected to give talks at the LSA 2014 Annual Meeting, held in Minneapolis this January.  Carolyn Spadine will be presenting “Circumstantial voice and aspect in Malagasy”, Andrew Hedding and Hannah Sande will be presenting “Geminates and weight in Amharic”, and Maria Stolen will be presenting “Fixed aspect in Amharic Conditionals” which she co-authored with Professor Claire Halpert.

Talle Family Scholarships (2013-2014)
Congratulations to our student Christopher Hammerly! Chris has been awarded a Talle Family Scholarship, which provides full tuition support for his senior year. Read more.

Selmer Birkelo Scholarship for 2013-2014
Congratulations to our undergraduate student Mary Elson! Mary was awarded the prestigious Selmer Birkelo scholarship for 2013-2014. The scholarship was awarded on the basis of academic merit, and only 18 students in CLA were awarded the scholarship for 2013-2014. The recipients receive up to $4000.

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