Michigan Humanities Emerging Research Scholars (MICHHERS) program

Michigan Humanities Emerging Scholars Program ‐ Linguistics

*Application deadline February 8, 2019*

The University of Michigan Linguistics Department invites you to apply to the Humanities Emerging Research Scholars (MICHHERS) program.

This all expenses paid program will bring talented undergraduate and MA students to Ann Arbor for a 12-day workshop to help you prepare to apply to a PhD in Linguistics, and to give you an overview of the opportunities and resources available for students at the University of Michigan, including Linguistics. You will meet with faculty and PhD students to talk about research in linguistics, and will have the opportunity to work on your own research project under the guidance of U-M Linguistics faculty and current PhD students. The event will also include a graduate application workshop and social gatherings with faculty and current graduate students from Linguistics and other disciplines.

The application deadline is Friday, February 8, 2019. See link for application materials that you should submit, including statements and recommendations. Send this flyer right away to two faculty you think could recommend you, so that they already know you are interested in applying.

Selected applicants will receive a $1,000 stipend for their participation in the program. Round trip travel, lodging, and on‐campus meals will also be paid by MICHHERS.

To apply, go to http://www.rackham.umich.edu/michhers

This summer program will take place from June 10 to June 22, 2019. We seek rising seniors, bachelor’s degree holders, and those currently in M.A. programs, particularly those from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in graduate education who are planning on pursuing a Ph.D. in Linguistics. Application open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents or non-U.S. citizens with DACA.

Linguistics has participated in the MICHHERS program since it started six years ago, and it is now a full two-week internship, including additional benefits, with the support of a grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation.

Please contact us at rackmichhers@umich.edu if you have any questions. We look forward to your application.

If you would like more information about the Linguistics Department at the University of Michigan, go to: https://lsa.umich.edu/linguistics/

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CLBR Senior Resources

Dear all,
Wanted to share three things with you as we move toward the break:

1) SENIOR BOOTCAMP: If you advise seniors, please refer them to the link. In one day, seniors get a polished resume, cover letter, Linkedin profile, employer and alumni contacts, interview practice (and return to their thesis a little less stressed, we hope).

2) EMPLOYER ENGAGEMENT EVENTS: More than 25 companies (as well as several graduate and law schools) have been on campus this fall to help students write resumes and interview for internships, jobs, or placement. Three more events in spring. All students are invited and seem to love them. Stay tuned.

3) CAREER ADVANCEMENT AWARD: Up to $500 to defray cost of exploring a career-related activity including attending/networking at a professional conference.

We’re here to make career and graduate school exploration accessible to all. We are also open throughout the holidays and available to help students practice for interviews, funding, or get their documents ready.

We hope you had a great semester so far, and we’re grateful for partnership with you in helping students develop at Reed. Their research, writing, and critical thinking skills are in high demand in grad schools and beyond.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Alice Harra (She/her/hers) | REED COLLEGE
Associate Dean of Students | Center for Life Beyond Reed, Director
3203 SE Woodstock Boulevard | Portland, Oregon 97202
harraa@reed.edu | 503.517.7421| reed.joinhandshake.com

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AEON – Teach English in Japan – Seattle Interview

My name is Katie Regnier and I work for AEON Corporation, one of the largest English Conversation schools in Japan.

I am one of the recruiters in charge of finding and hiring new teachers who are interested in teaching English in Japan with us. In the past, we have interviewed and hired Reed College students and are interested in meeting more students and recent graduates at our next interview session in Seattle.

AEON offers full-time teaching positions, a good salary, and a lot of support to help our newly hired teachers with their move to Japan. For more information about AEON, please feel free to visit our website at www.aeonet.com.

We visit Seattle a few times a year for interviews and are always interested in hiring Reed College students. Our next interview session will be held on Saturday, December 8.

I hope some students in your department might be interested in this opportunity. I have attached a flyer to this email that I hope you could make available to students.

If you would like any additional information, or if there is a different person I should contact with this information, please let me know.

Thank you in advance for your help.


Katie Regnier, Andy Gadt, Alex Grant & Kyla Krause
Personnel Recruiters

AEON Los Angeles
222 N. Pacific Coast Hwy., Suite 2000
El Segundo, CA 90245
Tel (310) 662- 4706
Fax (310) 662- 4705

AEON Digital Brochure – Teach English in Japan
AEON – Seattle – Dec 8 2018

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Talk @ Reed: Preschoolers’ Curiosity about Novel Words

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 4:30pm
Psychology 136

Sofia Jimenez, Ph.D. in developmental science at Peabody College at Vanderbilt University, will discuss how in the preschool years, children who become curious about words’ meanings may be making active, self-directed attempts at learning those words. Her current study’s aim is to create a measure of children’s curiosity about novel words, determine whether 3-to-5-year-olds seek information about novel words more systematically across development, and uncover the characteristics of children who are the most word-curious. Jimenez will address whether awareness of gaps in one’s lexicon, vocabulary size, verbal fluency, epistemic curiosity, and cognitive control influence the likelihood of seeking information about a novel word.

Sponsored by the psychology department and the office for institutional diversity’s Young Scholar program. Free and open to the public.

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Reed Institutional Review Board (IRB) Open Forum on Friday, September 14th

Dear Reed Community Members,
The Institutional Review Board (IRB) would like to invite you to our annual Open Forum on Friday, September 14th. This is an opportunity for Reed students, faculty, and staff to learn about the IRB Review Process. As a friendly reminder, the IRB reviews all research conducted on human subject by community members, including senior thesis projects. Topics covered during the open forum include the new categories of review, our online submission portal, and safety precautions for online data collection.
Date: Friday, September 14
Time: 2:30-3:30 pm
Location: Eliot 314
Applications for all categories of review except Full are accepted on a rolling basis, and the review process normally takes 1-3 weeks. Please build this time into your plans for research.
For thesis research: Please note that advisers must approve proposals before they are
submitted to IRB. Students and faculty should begin working together as soon as possible.
If you cannot attend the Open Forum, you can find useful information on our webpage:
http://reed.edu/irb/ . You can also contact us directly or reach out to Kayla Johnston
(johnstonk@reed.edu), the IRB’s administrative coordinator.
Kara Becker kbecker@reed.edu
Kathy Oleson koleson@reed.edu
Reed College Institutional Review Board
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Job @ interActive Language Processing Lab, Stanford

The interActive Language Processing Lab at Stanford (ALPS), based in the Linguistics Department at Stanford under the direction of Judith Degen, seeks candidates for the position of Lab Manager for a start date of Sep 1, 2018. Please apply here.


The interActive Language Processing Lab at Stanford (ALPS) studies the inference processes involved in language production and comprehension. We study both sides of the communicative coin: how speakers choose an utterance to convey an intended meaning and how listeners arrive at interpretations that are often much richer and more detailed than the utterance’s literal meaning. To develop and test explicit theories of these processes, we employ linguistic analysis, behavioral experiments (both lab-based and web-based), corpus methods, and computational modeling.

The Lab Manager will help with various aspects of creating and maintaining the lab: keeping the lab homepage and lab wiki up to date, creating templates for running online experiments, submitting and renewing IRB protocols, purchasing and maintaining research equipment and supplies, recruiting, training, and supervising undergraduate research assistants, collecting, managing, and analyzing data, running eye-tracking experiments, preparing conference presentations and manuscripts, managing lab calendars and schedules, and reading relevant literature. The position will allow authorship on research presentations and articles. The position also includes a limited teaching assistantship for LINGUIST 245 (Methods in Psycholinguistics).

This position is fixed term for one year with possible extension. Please submit a resume and cover letter outlining your interest in the position, background and goals. In addition, please provide 2-3 references. Applicant review and interview process will begin week of July 2, 2018.

Assist in designing experiments, exercising independent initiative and judgment gained from completing a variety of high level assignments, including activities such as defining variables, formulating hypotheses, and selecting subjects, sources of information, or planned and coordinating experimental protocols.
Adapt or work out the details of new, nonstandard procedures, with the supervisor providing only general guidance and suggestions.
Interpret, synthesize, and analyze data using scientific or statistical techniques.
Solve problems, and make decisions which affect the direction of the research and result in independent contributions to the overall project.
Select and apply standard calculations and formulas independently to compile data or process documents; often serve as a resource for research methods and numerical analyses.
Co-author sections of research publications and regulatory reports as needed.
Complete project-related administrative and budgetary responsibilities of a limited scope as needed.
Supervise staff or students as needed, including oversight and instruction on techniques, as well as consultation on project work.
* – Other duties may also be assigned


Education & Experience:
Bachelor of Arts degree in an applicable social science related field and two years applicable experience, or combination of education and relevant experience in an applicable social science

Preferred Education & Experience:
Bachelors degree in cognitive science, linguistics, psychology, computer science, or a related field OR two year college degree and one year of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of experience, education, and training.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Comprehensive understanding of scientific theory and methods.
General computer skills and ability to quickly learn and master computer programs.
Strong analytical skills and excellent judgment.
Ability to work under deadlines with general guidance.
Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to complete detailed work accurately.
Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.
Ability to work with human study participants.
Developing supervisory skills.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Some background in statistical methods for analyzing experimental data.
Programming skills in R, Python, JavaScript/HTML/CSS.
Experience with open science best practices (e.g., version control and data sharing with git/github, study pre-registration on Open Science Framework).
Experience with or interest in running eye-tracking experiments, and analyzing eye-tracking data.
Excellent interpersonal skills required for working with human study participants.
Ability to get tasks done efficiently and independently, and to show initiative in doing so.
Some experience with academic writing.
Organized and detail-oriented.
Experience with or interest in corpus methods (e.g., searching syntactically parsed corpora) a plus.
Experience with or interest in cognitive modeling using probabilistic programming languages (e.g., WebPPL) a plus.

Certifications and Licenses:

Frequently perform desk-based computer tasks, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
Occasionally stand/walk, sit, use a telephone, writing by hand, and sort/file paperwork or parts.
Rarely twist/bend/stoop/squat, kneel/crawl, rarely reach/work above shoulders, operate foot and/or hand controls.

* – Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.

May be required to work non-standard, extended or weekend hours in support of research work.

Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu

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Arabic Language & Culture at Jordan Language Academy

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Reed Ling Softball Team!

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CWSL Conference

We had a successful CWSL conference! Thanks to our organizers and participants!  photo credit: Alexandra D’Arcy

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3 post-bac research positions at U of Maryland

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Maryland, is looking to fill up to 3 full-time positions for post-baccalaureate researchers.
Starting date for all positions is Summer/Fall 2018. Salary is competitive, with benefits included. The positions would be ideal for individuals with a BA degree who are interested in gaining significant research experience in a very active research group as preparation for a research career. Applicants must already have permission to work in the US, or be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and should have completed a BA or BS degree by the time of appointment. The ability to interact comfortably with a wide variety of people (and machines) is a distinct advantage. Applicants may request to be considered for all four positions.
The positions are open until filled. For best consideration, applications should be submitted by April 13th, 2018. However, review of applications will begin immediately.
Positions #1–#2: Baggett Research Fellowships 
Baggett Fellowships are full-time positions. Fellows can pursue research in linguistics, cognitive (neuro-)science of language, language acquisition, or computational modeling. 1–2 positions are available for 2018-2019, subject to confirmation of funds. Positions are for one year and are not renewable. Information on the program and faculty mentors is at http://ling.umd.edu/baggett
Contact: Dr. Andrea Zukowski
Position #3: Research Assistant in Psycholinguistics/Cognitive Neuroscience 
This person will be involved in all aspects of studies of language comprehension using behavioral and neuroscientific techniques, including electrophysiological brain recordings (training provided). The person will also contribute to Maryland’s Language Science program (http://languagescience.umd.edu/). Previous experience in (psycho)linguistics preferred. 1 year initial appointment, possibility of extension.
Contact: Dr. Colin Phillips
Application Requirements
Applicants may request to be considered for all three positions, or any subset. Applicants for any of the positions should submit a cover letter outlining relevant background and interests, including potential faculty mentors (having multiple mentors is both possible and fruitful for the Baggett Fellowships), a current CV, and names and contact information for 3 potential referees. Reference letters are not needed as part of the initial application. Applicants should also send a writing sample. All application materials should be submitted electronically to the following recipients:
Positions #1–#2 – Andrea Zukowski; zukowski@umd.edu. Put ‘Baggett Fellowship’ in the subject line.
Position #3 – Colin Phillips; colin@umd.edu. Put ‘Research Assistantship’ in the subject line.
The Department of Linguistics has shared facilities for testing of infants, children and adults, eye-tracking labs, an ERP lab and a whole-head MEG facility, as part of the Maryland Neuroimaging Center. The department is part of a vibrant language science community under the umbrella of the Maryland Language Science Center (http://languagescience.umd.edu) that numbers 200 faculty, researchers, and graduate students across 17 academic units. The Language Science Center coordinates many interdisciplinary projects, including a research field station in Guatemala, and partnerships with school districts and various (inter)national organizations.
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