Resume & CV

 
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Summary

I am a second year PhD student in the Department of Linguistics at UCLA, specializing in first language acquisition. My current interests include:

  • Acquisition at the phonetics/phonology interface

  • Multimodal aspects of language acquisition, such as visual discrimination of language by bilingual infants

  • Development of complex language processing mechanisms, such as resolving temporary syntactic ambiguities 

  • Acquisition of various logical components of language, specifically through the lens of formal and compositional semantics

More broadly, I am interested in how language acquisition can fit into our understanding of language as a whole, and strongly believe that acquisition can inform linguistic theory in powerful ways. For this reason, I am always searching for ways acquisition can provide novel insights into areas of linguistics that are currently unexplained. 

Skills

Coming soon! :)

Education
University of California, Los Angeles
PhD: Linguistics (2019-present)

Anticipated MA completion: Spring 2021

Awards & Honors: 

  • Graduate Summer Research Mentorship (GSRM) Awardee: awarded by the UCLA Graduate Division to fund summer work with a faculty mentor. Will be used to kickstart my project on the visual discrimination of language by bilingual infants in collaboration with Professor Megha Sundara.

    • Postponed to Summer of 2021 due to COVID-19. 

Duke University
Bachelor of Science: Chemistry, Linguistics (2019)

As an undergraduate at Duke University (Durham, NC), I pursued a double major in Chemistry (with a concentration in Chemical Biology) and Linguistics (with a concentration in psycho/neurolinguistics), as well as a minor in Russian Language and Culture. 

Awards & Honors: 

  • Angier B. (AB) Duke Memorial Scholarship: Full merit scholarship covering the expenses of housing, tuition, and related fees for all four years, as well as an independent research fund and a summer session at the University of Oxford. Awarded for demonstrated academic potential and evident intellectual curiosity and drive.

  • Bass Connections Fellow: Program providing funding to undergraduates engaged in interdisciplinary and inter-departmental research.

    • Used towards a Biomedical Engineering/Neuroscience project, "Oculomotor Response as an Objective Assessment for Mild TBI in the Pediatric Population" 

    • Spearheaded project on development of biomarkers for mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) 

    • Assisted with eye-tracking assessments of regional K-12 football players 

  • Undergraduate Travel Award, Charles Latiffe Foundation: Funding to attend Boston University Conference for Language Development (BUCLD), including travel, registration, and accommodation.

Languages

Natural Languages:

English (native)

Russian (fluent)

French (advanced)

Dutch (beginner)

Programming Languages:

LaTeX (advanced)

Python (beginner)

R (novice)

Relevant work​
experience​
Graduate Student Researcher (UCLA)

​2019-present

 

  • Completing relevant coursework as part of the PhD track in Linguistics​​

  • Working with Prof. Megha Sundara on a project investigating the role of visual language discrimination by bilingual infants 

 

 

Research Assistant, Bergelson Lab (Duke University)

​2018-2019

 

  • Research Assistant responsible for running infant eye-tracking studies, annotating videos, and recruiting participants 

  • Used Python scripts to extract tokens from in-home recordings of child-parent interactions from the SEEDLingS corpus