SLCL Initiative for Undergraduate Research

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The SLCL Undergraduate Research Initiative annually seeks proposals involving faculty-initiated research projects that will allow for the involvement of undergraduate students who have not yet decided on their own research topic, but who would like to obtain research experience. Ideally, a student's participation in a faculty member's research project would be a stepping-stone toward conducting independent research. The school provides funding for such projects at a maximum of $1,500 each, and the projects typically span one academic year. Participation in the program is open to all tenure-line faculty in SLCL.


Since the inception of this initiative in 2013, fifteen such projects have been funded, including, most recently:


Departments of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Linguistics - Chilin Shih and Xun Yan, Investigating fluency characteristics of test responses to controlled versus spontaneous speaking tasks: Implication for second language pedagogy and assessment (Fall 2020) 

Department of Linguistics - Xun Yan, Validating the diagnostic potential of a profile-based writing scale for second language writers (Fall 2020)