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.

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.

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Past Finalists:

2020 - 7th Language Symposium

Finalists:

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

Judges:

2019 - 6th Language Symposium

Finalists:

  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

Judges:

  • Jack Hawkins (Linguistics)
  • Emily Morgan (Linguistics)
  • Robert Blake (Spanish and Portuguese)

2018 - 5th Language Symposium

Finalists:

  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

Judges:

  • Eric Russell (French and Italian)
  • Nobuko Koyama (East Asian Languages and Cultures)
  • Eugênia Fernandes (Spanish & Portuguese)

2017 - 4th Language Symposium

Finalists:

  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

Judges:

  • Travis Bradley (Spanish and Portuguese)
  • Agustina Carando (Spanish and Portuguese)
  • Kenji Sagae (Linguistics)

2016 - 3rd Language Symposium

Finalists:

  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”

Judges:

  • Robert Bayley - (Linguistics)
  • Noriko Ishihara - (Visiting Scholar, Professor of ESL/TESOL at Hosei University)
  • Claudia Sánchez-Gutiérrez - (Spanish and Portuguese)

2015 - 2nd Language Symposium

Finalists:

  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”

Judges:

  • Robert Blake (Spanish and Portuguese)
  • Georgia Zellou (Linguistics)
  • Fernanda Ferreira (Psychology)

2014 - 1st Language Symposium

Finalists:

  1. Renee Kemp - Linguistics, University of California, Davis
  2. Dan Villareal - Linguistics, University of California, Davis