Congratulations – Linguistics Opportunity Award Recipients for 2024!

This Fall Language Sciences announced a new scholarship program, the Linguistics Opportunity Award. The award uses proceeds from the Linguistics Fund to recognize the academic and service achievements of our amazing undergraduate Linguistics majors!

This year four outstanding students were selected to each receive a $500 scholarship in the Fall of 2024. Read more about their projects and activities here:

Jack Crabb

Jack Crabb in front of the Miraflores Locks, Panama

Major: Linguistics

Certificate: Arabic

Jack’s primary area of interest is morphology and he currently works as an undergraduate Project Assistant in Professor Monica Macaulay’s Wisconsin Indigenous Language Lab on the Nisinoon Database (a database of Algonquian derivational morphemes). He has also engaged in community service through his work as an ESL tutor and Conversational English program manager at GUTS, the university’s free student tutoring service.


Thomas Harb

Major: Linguistics

Certificate: Folklore

Thomas is an undergraduate co-president of the Linguistics Student Org, and has been taken an active role in expanding the group’s activities to grow undergrad involvement. He has also served our community as a co-organizer of our annual student conference, the Workshop in General Linguistics (WiGL). His linguistic interests are in morphology, the speech patterns of heritage language speakers, and language contact and change. He has conducted research with Professor Rajiv Rao on heritage and L2 Spanish phonology, which he presented at the Undergrad Symposium in Spring 2023.


Carmina Heideman

Major: Linguistics

Certificate: Classical Studies

In Fall 2023, Carmina began volunteering in Professor Eric Raimy‘s Larynx Lab, and she found it so enjoyable that she started working there. She also wrote a phonological sketch on the tonal language Ewondo for her Phonology class. Carmina plans to begin an undergraduate research project with Professor Raimy as mentor this semester. Her work in the classroom and the lab has kindled a passion for linguistics, and she would like to study endangered languages in graduate school some day.


Grace Wall

Grace Wall looking outside a subway train window

Majors: Linguistics and Computer Sciences

Grace is interested in verb morphology, pragmatics, informal language usage on the internet, and the Germanic language family. They conducted a research project on the verb morphology of  Central Alaskan Yup’ik in their Survey of North American Indian Languages class with Professor Monica Macaulay, and developed a project proposal on the sociolinguistics of emojis in the class Statistics & Data Science for Linguists with Professor Eric Raimy. Grace also takes classes in AI, statistics, text mining, and semantics, and in the future they would like to pursue computational linguistics as a career.


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