Most Innovative Research Panel

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

Check back soon to see the award winners and judges for the Most Innovative Research Panel for the 9th Symposium in 2023!

Past Finalists:

2021 - 7th Language Symposium

Finalists (Undergraduate):

  1. Christy Lei

  2. Amari Grey Johnson

  3. Irene Yi

Finalists (Graduate):

  1. Jennifer Kaplan

  2. Emilie Schiess

  3. Andrea Ramirez Barajas

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