PAST RESEARCH ASSISTANTS
Sarah Awad-Farid graduated from the University of Michigan ('13) with a Bachelor’s in Spanish and Middle Eastern Studies. As lab manager during the lab’s inaugural year, she oversaw the launch of the lab website, supported the principal investigators, and created processes for a growing team of research assistants. Inspired by the lab’s research in applied linguistics, and a personal interest in language education, Sarah took on several opportunities in the fields of teaching and study abroad. After living and working in Spain, she received a Master’s in Education (M.Ed) in Higher Education from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Sarah is currently an Assistant Site Lead with a study abroad program in Dublin, Ireland. She aims to continue supporting language learning among students, and utilizing research in second language acquisition to inform her work.
Ariana is a PhD candidate in Linguistics at U of M and received an MA in Linguistics from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. Her research interests are in the areas of language contact and bilingualism. In her previous research she focused in more depth on the morpho-syntactic aspects of code-switching in Romanian-English and Romanian-Spanish. She enjoys working with naturalistic data and conducting fieldwork to collect data.
Callie Bartkowiak graduated in April 2018 with a BA in Spanish and a BS in Biomolecular Science, and spent 6 weeks abroad in Salamanca, Spain during her second summer of college. In the future, she plans to pursue a graduate program in medicine. Currently, she works collaboratively with Michael, Jiseung, Tony, and Sarah to analyze the bilingual production of /p t k b d g/ in Praat.
Colleen Buckley is a University of Michigan graduate ('18), having studied Spanish with a minor in Biochemistry. In the lab, she worked on multiple important projects including assisting Dr. Nicholas Henriksen in the production of /p t k/ in Andalusian speakers. Most notably, she helped lead the /p t k b d g/ analysis within the Argentine Afrikaner Collaboratory project. She currently works at Beghou Consulting in Chicago, IL as Associate Consultant.
Myrna is a recent University of Michigan graduate with a PhD in Psychology (Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience) who completed her B.A. at the University of Puerto Rico. She works with Dr. Lorenzo García Amaya and Dr. Nick Ellis (Psychology) to investigate the acquisition of Spanish grammar through captioned media and various forms of Form Focused Instruction. Her research interests broadly focus upon issues of Second Language Acquisition and Applied Linguistics.
Ian graduated from the Residential College of LSA ('18), where he completed a double-major in Spanish and Cognitive Science. His work with Profs. García-Amaya and Henriksen centers on investigations into second-language acquisition and bilingualism, making use of his knowledge of both Spanish linguistics and cognitive sciences. His post-graduate plans include teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) in Spain, and later, he hopes to continue his studies of psycholinguistics and SLA.
LILIANA DE LEON
Liliana is a graduate of the University of Michigan having who in Psychology and Spanish ('17), and is now attending Indiana University to obtain a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Literacy development is a strong interest of hers and she would like to conduct further research on early language development. This summer, she worked on the Argentine Afrikaner Collaboratory project, analyzing the production of front vowels in bilingual speakers of Afrikaans and Spanish.
Mallory Fuller is a graduate of the University of Michigan ('17), having majored in Linguistics and Spanish. In the lab, she worked with Dr. Lorenzo Garcia-Amaya on the oral production of second language learners in a study abroad context, and additionally assisted Dr. Nicholas Henriksen with his study of the identification of geminate consonants amongst Castilian and Andalusian speakers. Her interests for post-graduation include traveling, teaching English as a Second Language (ESL), continuing with linguistics research, and pursuing graduate programs in linguistics.
Libby Garno graduated from the University of Michigan ('16) with a Bachelor's in Spanish and International Studies. During her time as lab manager, she coordinated the ongoing projects in the Speech Production Lab, such as analyzing study abroad corpora from both Salamanca and León, and comparing the effect of textual enhancement and captioning on university students' grammar acquisition. Libby also was a member of the Humanities Collaboratory team where she conducted phonetic analysis of Afrikaans data and oversaw the Spanish fluency analysis. She is now a Fulbright Scholar to Colombia where she is teaching English to university students. Afterwards, she plans to pursue higher education and a career in applied linguistics and bilingual education policy.
Kara Genther is a University of Michigan graduate ('19) with degrees in Linguistics and Spanish. She worked with Dr. Lorenzo García-Amaya in the Speech Production Lab researching Spanish second language acquisition. Additionally, Kara is a member of Impact, a student-run dance group, and the Pre-Speech and Hearing Club. After graduation, she plans on going to graduate school for Speech-Language Pathology.
Lindsey graduated from the University of Michigan ('15) with a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and Spanish. In her time working for the Speech Production Lab, she worked on a number of projects, including Spanish-Afrikaans bilingual rhythm and consonant gemination in Andalusian Spanish. Her work there sparked a love of research and an interest in a career in academia. Lindsey is currently a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she is working toward a PhD in linguistics.
Bri is a recent graduate ('19) with degrees in Movement Science and Spanish. She's interested in physical therapy and is applying to PT schools this summer. When she's not in the lab, she's working as a PT Tech, studying for the GRE, or visiting her nephews.
Breanne Holton is recent University of Michigan graduate ('19) with a degree in both Economics and Spanish. She worked with Dr. Lorenzo García Amaya, studying second language acquisition. She also worked on the Argentine Afrikaner Collaboratory project. Breanne also works with ESL students in Ann Arbor Public Schools to help facilitate better learning for native Spanish speakers.
Mackenzie Kramer is a senior in the college of Literature, Science of the Arts majoring in Political Science and Spanish. She worked with Professor Lorenzo García-Amaya collecting and logging data on second language learners of Spanish. She is the Social Chair of the Michigan Club Synchronized Swimming team and she is looking to pursue immigration law in the future.
Lydia is a recent graduate ('19) school of Literature, Science and the Arts, earning degrees in Spanish and Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience, with a minor in Community Action and Social Change. Along with her research in the Speech Production Lab, Lydia is also a part of the Emotion and Self-Control lab. She aims to go to graduate school for clinical psychology to further her interests in language, mental health, and cognitive control.
Claire Laing is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan ('17), with a B.A. in both Spanish and Linguistics. She previously lived in Sevilla, Spain working as a language assistant in a primary school, where she was placed as an extra teacher in science classes as the "English expert" to help with grammar and pronunciation in students' science learning. She is currently pursuing a Master's in Speech-Language Pathology at Hunter College in Manhattan, NY. In the lab, she worked as a part of the Argentine Afrikaner Collaboratory, helping with the analysis of back vowels in bilingual Afrikaans/Spanish speakers. She has also worked with Dr. Nicholas Henriksen in the past, analyzing the speech of Spanish speakers in Andalucía, specifically looking at the varying production of /p t k/ in different contexts.
Sean Lang is recent graduate ('19) with degrees in Spanish and neuroscience. Within the Romance Languages and Literatures Speech Production Lab, he is involved on projects tackling the development of syntactic complexity in the speech of second language learners in a study abroad context as well as the influences that the languages of bilingual speakers have on each other. Sean also works for the statistics department at the university, and spends most of his time outside of class running, listening to and writing about music for the Michigan Daily. If he had more hours in the day, he would start a band, run even more, and write "poetry." But alas, he does not. Such is the life of an undergrad.
Lauren Levitt is a senior at the University of Michigan, studying Spanish and International Studies. In the lab, she has been working on facilitating second language learning through a study done with college students in an intermediate Spanish class. Outside of the lab, she is involved in LSA Student Government, where last year she was the Vice Chair of the Diversity Affairs Committee.
Moiz Mahmood is a senior in the college of LS&A. He is working with Professor Lorenzo García-Amaya to collect data on speech production of second language learners of Spanish. In the coming years, He is interested in studying economics along with comparative literature.
Robert Malecki is a graduate of University of Michigan with a degree in Psychology (B.A.) and a minor in American Culture. He's currently working at the Speech Lab with Myrna Cintron-Valentin to study the effectiveness of a new series of Spanish learning videos, recording and managing the data collected by the research. He is also interested in computer programming and entrepreneurship and hopes to use his experiences gained studying Psychology to found and successfully manage a tech startup. When he's not working on research, he can be found watching and analyzing movies, playing rugby, skiing, being a photographer, and enjoying life.
Sean is a recent graduate ('19) with degrees in Screen Arts & Cultures and Anthropology. He utilizes his film making skills as the lab's videographer. He has directed, edited, and shot videos for the Michigan Daily and Michigan News. In addition, he has shot and edited a short documentary film called "What Good Can Come From Bad TV?" and co-directed and assisted editing for the feature-length documentary, The Big House, which premiered in Berlin in 2018. Sean's role in the lab is to create videos documenting the lab's research in an effort to promote the lab's exciting and meaningful work to the public.
Fawnnie Pamenan is a recent graduate ('19) with degrees in Biology and Spanish. She works with Dr. Nicholas Henriksen on the Argentine Afrikaner Collaboratory project. Outside of the lab, she enjoys volunteering in the local community and traveling.
Jessica Ruzgal is a graduate of the University of Michigan having, majored in Spanish Language and Literature ('17). She worked on the Argentine Afrikaner Collaboratory project, as well as on the comparative research studying the influence of learning context on Spanish second language acquisition. Now in her gap years, she will be working in clinical settings before applying to a Physician Assistant program in the next couple of years.
Isabel Sandweiss graduated from the University of Michigan in the spring of 2018 with degrees in Creative Writing and Psychology, as well as a minor in criminal justice reform. She was a member of the Prison Creative Arts Project throughout her undergraduate career and plans to work with criminal justice reform, particularly creative arts-based methods of healing and humanization. She currently teaches English as a Second Language (ESL) in the Andalusian region of Spain.
Sarah is a recent graduate ('19) with degrees in Cellular & Molecular Biology and Spanish. In the lab, she is currently helping to analyze the Spanish-Afrikaans Code Switching data for the Argentine Afrikaner Collaboratory project. She also works as a research assistant in the Csankovszki genetics lab and holds a job with the LSA Honors Office. In addition to working, Sarah is on the Executive Boards of MEDLife and the Pre-Surgical Club.
Ishan Vashishta is recent graduate ('19) with degrees in Computer Science and Philosophy. Ishan developed the website for the Argentine-Afrikaner Collaboratory Project, and he helps with any technical issues the Collaboratory team faces. In his free time Ishan enjoys reading, listening to music, playing soccer, and playing chess.
Ella Zhang is a junior studying Business Administration in the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. She worked on the Captioning Project in the Spanish Speech Lab. She is thinking about minoring in Spanish. Interested in languages, Ella likes to read books and listen to songs in multiple languages. Her dream is to become multilingual in the future. Ella is also in Sustainable Living Experience, which is a club promoting sustainability on campus.