- August Jenkins has won the Michigan State University's prestigious Richard Lee Featherstone Endowed Prize 2016 for undergraduates. August has been an active member of the Sociolinguistics Lab since August 2014, and she's currently working on a discourse-pragmatic variation project funded by the College of Arts and Letters. According to the award criteria: The award recipient will exhibit an open, curious, creative approach to education and ideas, and intellectual ingenuity will be evident.... The award recipient will have demonstrated exceptional character and leadership in furthering her/his own progress and in enriching the lives of others, especially in intellectual and international dimensions. She/he will have utilized innovative approaches in these efforts. A commitment to community service and to lifelong learning should be evident. August is graduating this May and is going on to a PhD in clinical psychology at Penn State. Her award is intended to be used for "future growth and development, travel, graduate study, or meditation".
- Chenchen Xu won third place in the Michigan State University S. C. Lee Best Paper competition 2016. Prizes are awarded for students' scholarly papers that are focused on Asia or have significant content related to Asia. Chenchen submitted her work on Chinese attitudes to syllable contraction in Mandarin.
- Mingzhe Zheng was awarded a University Dissertation Fellowship to complete his doctoral project on the phonology of Chinese-Americans in Troy, Michigan. Mingzhe will use his fellowship in spring of 2017.
Congratulations to these prize-winners!
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