Most Innovative Panel

The Most Innovative Research Panel is composed of three presentations chosen by three faculty members from various UC Davis departments through rounds of blind abstract review.

Congratulations to our panel award winners for the most Innovative Research:

Most Innovative - Undergraduate
• 1st Place: Christy Lei
• 2nd Place: Amari Grey Johnson
• 3rd Place: Irene Yi

Most Innovative - Graduate
• 1st Place: Jennifer Kaplan
• 2nd Place: Emilie Schiess
• 3rd Place: Andrea Ramirez Barajas

Find the talk titles and read the full abstracts here!

All submitted abstracts are considered for this panel. The finalists will then be notified and asked to confirm participation.

The panel takes place at a special time during the symposium, with no parallel sessions. The same three judges from the abstract review chooses the winning presentation. Winners will be announced during the closing remarks, and will receive a special prize.

This year we will be holding two sessions for Most Innovative Panel. One session will be for undergraduates and the other for graduate students. One winner will be chosen from each session.

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Past Finalists:

2020 - 7th Language Symposium


    • Finalists have not been chosen. Selection will be announced closer to the date of the Symposium.


2019 - 6th Language Symposium


  1. Priscilla Sung & Nameera Akhtar - Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz

    • Links between Code-switching and Task-switching in Bilingual Preschoolers

  2. Melina Sarian - Linguistics, University of California, Davis

    • Human vocal alignment to voice AI is mediated by acoustic expressiveness

  3. Megan Simon - Linguistics, San José State University

    • A hybrid approach to intelligibility between regional dialects of Mam


  • Jack Hawkins (Linguistics)

  • Emily Morgan (Linguistics)

  • Robert Blake (Spanish and Portuguese)

2018 - 5th Language Symposium


  1. Peter Joseph Torres - Linguistics, University of California, Davis

    • 'On a Scale of 1 to 10, How Much Pain Are You in?' Conversations on Chronic Pain and Controlled Substances.

  2. Hiba Al Ghabra & Tiffany R. Diebold - Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

    • Constructing Shared Knowledge Through Gesture

  3. Silvia Aguinaga Echeverria - Spanish and Portuguese, University of California, Davis

    • Building Fluency: A Corpus Based Contrastive Analysis of Formulaic Speech in Students of Spanish as a Second Language and Native Speakers


  • Eric Russell (French and Italian)

  • Nobuko Koyama (East Asian Languages and Cultures)

  • Eugênia Fernandes (Spanish & Portuguese)

2017 - 4th Language Symposium


  1. Lisa Gonzalves & Emily Moline - Linguistics, University of California, Davis

    • Emergent Adult Literacy: Parallels and Divergences Between L1 and L2 Learners

  2. Leslie Banes - Math Education, University of California, Davis

    • Toward Stronger Genre Uptake in Mathematical Argumentative Writing (MAW)

  3. Lina Martín-Corredor - University of Texas at San Antonio

    • Heritage Language Ideologies of Bilingual Teacher Candidates


  • Travis Bradley (Spanish and Portuguese)

  • Agustina Carando (Spanish and Portuguese)

  • Kenji Sagae (Linguistics)

2016 - 3rd Language Symposium


  1. Glen Heinrich-Wallace - Linguistics , University of California, Davis

    • “Working Memory and L2 Evaluation: Construct Validity in First-Year Language Testing”

  2. Aaron Yamada and Melissa Vega-Valdez - Spanish and Portuguese, University of California, Davis

    • “Elliptical tener que in Twitter corpora”

  3. Kimberly Morris - Spanish and Portuguese, University of California, Davis

    • “Teaching Pragmatics through Tasks: The Case of Beginners in Study Abroad”


  • Robert Bayley - (Linguistics)

  • Noriko Ishihara - (Visiting Scholar, Professor of ESL/TESOL at Hosei University)

  • Claudia Sánchez-Gutiérrez - (Spanish and Portuguese)

2015 - 2nd Language Symposium


  1. Matthias Sjerps, Visiting Scholar, University of California, Berkeley

    • “The initiation of speech planning in turn-taking”

  2. Kenton de Kirby - Education, University of California, Berkeley

    • “Complexifying a deficit perspective: A reappraisal of pronoun avoidance and reversal in autism”

  3. William Dyer - Linguistics , University of California, Davis

    • “Entropic effects in adjective ordering restrictions”


  • Robert Blake (Spanish and Portuguese)

  • Georgia Zellou (Linguistics)

  • Fernanda Ferreira (Psychology)

2014 - 1st Language Symposium


  1. Renee Kemp - Linguistics, University of California, Davis

  2. Dan Villareal - Linguistics, University of California, Davis