Since 2002, the Dizikes Award has been given each year to a faculty member in the Humanities Division for their commitment and effectiveness in transformative teaching and effective mentoring of both undergraduate and graduate students. In addition to receiving the award, recipients have the honor of selecting an undergraduate student to receive a scholarship in their name. Past recipients include Pranav Anand in 2016, Donka Farkas in 2013, Jorge Hankamer in 2011, and Jaye Padgett in 2006. Current students and recent alumni are now invited to nominate faculty for the 2018 award. According to the call, “Nominations should address the faculty member’s ability to arouse curiosity in students, to encourage high standards, and to stimulate students to original and rigorous work though guidance and mentoring. Other criteria include creating an inclusive learning environment that is open and encouraging to all students, relating the subject to other fields of knowledge and making the learning relevant to experience outside the academy.” Nominations must include a single-page form, available here, along with a one-page narrative. Nominations should be submitted to the the Linguistics Undergraduate Coordinator Matthew MacLeod by Monday February 5th, 2018. If you are considering a nomination, you are encouraged to consult with Matthew for guidance.


Applications are open for the Michigan Humanities Emerging Research Scholars (MICHHERS) program, open to undergraduates and MA students. Additional details from the University of Michigan are provided below:

This 14-day workshop will bring to Ann Arbor talented undergraduate or MA students from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in graduate education who are interested in pursuing a Ph.D in Linguistics. 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 covered by the program.

The application deadline is February 9, 2018. 

This program has now been expanded to a full two-week internship, including additional benefits, thanks to support of a grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation.

The program will help participants prepare to apply to a PhD in Linguistics, and will give them an overview of opportunities and resources available for Linguistics students at the University of Michigan.  Participants will meet with our faculty and PhD students about research in linguistics, and will work on their own research project under the guidance of U-M Linguistics faculty.

For details about application, students can go to:


The Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) will be held in Austin, Texas, February 15-19, 2018.

AAAS needs a number of session aides for the meeting. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to serve as session aides. Those who volunteer for 8 hours will receive free registration for the entire meeting. Those who volunteer for 16 hours will receive free registration and a year-long digital subscription to Science. Registration is handled on a first-come first-served basis, and the deadline is January 24, 2018.

Students may sign up to volunteer here and register for the meeting here.


Applications are open for Stanford’s 5th CSLI Undergraduate Summer Internship Program! Undergraduate students interested in research are encouraged to apply. For more information and an application form, see A blurb about the program is given below.


Join us at Stanford for an interdisciplinary summer research experience program in the cognitive sciences!

At the Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI), interns will work closely with a faculty, postdoc, or grad student mentor on an original cognitive science research project. They will gain experience developing the project, collecting data, and analyzing the results. In addition to their individual projects, interns will attend weekly mentorship meetings and seminars with such topics as reading a scientific paper, introduction to data analysis, statistics and visualization, and presentation skills. The program will culminate with each intern presenting their work to an interdisciplinary audience.

Accepted students will receive on-campus housing and a stipend to cover food, travel, and other expenses.

The topical focus of the program will be on language, learning, computation, and cognition, with an emphasis on giving students the skills they need to complete an independent project. Mentors will be from cognitive science departments across Stanford, including Psychology, Linguistics, Computer Science, Management Science & Engineering, and Philosophy.

The program is 8 weeks, from June 25 to August 17, 2018, and is primarily intended for rising college Juniors and Seniors, though we will consider other applicants as well. Applications are due by midnight on February 16, 2018.

One goal of the internship is to increase the diversity of the higher education pipeline, and we therefore especially encourage applicants who come from groups that are historically underrepresented in research careers, such as Black/African American, Latinx/Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander, and first-generation college students. We also welcome applications from students without prior research experience and from non-research institutions.

The CSLI Internship Program is supported in part by the NSF’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program (award #1659585).


In connection with the IHR-sponsored SPOT workshop, we will be hosting several visiting faculty in the department this week. Besides giving their respective talks, they will be attending seminars, reading groups, and holding office hours.

Please welcome:
Shin Ishihara (Lund University, Sweden): Monday 11/13 – Sat 11/18
Lisa Selkirk (UMass, Amherst): Friday 11/17 – Sat 11/18


Junko Ito and Armin Mester are mounting a one-day IHR (Institute of Humanities Research)-sponsored workshop on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, called SPOT (“Syntax-Prosody in Optimality Theory”) at Santa Cruz. They provide additional details:

“This is part of our research project aiming to create a computational platform that generates prosodic candidate sets from syntactic structures. Besides a presentation of the pilot SPOT program by Nick Kalivoda and Jenny Bellik, the workshop will consist of research talks focused on the syntax-prosody interface. The invited speakers are Lisa Selkirk (UMass/Amherst) and Shin Ishihara (Lund University, Sweden), and more locally, Nicholas Rolle (UC Berkeley), and Ryan Bennett and Jim McCloskey (UC Santa Cruz).

Here is the program with links to abstracts of the talks:

We hope you will be able to join us!”