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Kopp earns CISLL Graduate Student Fellowship

June 29, 2011
Kristopher Kopp

Kristopher Kopp

Kristopher Kopp, a Ph.D. student in the NIU Department of Psychology, is the recipient of the CISLL Graduate Student Fellowship.

Laurie Elish-Piper and Joseph Magliano, co- directors of NIU’s Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Language and Literacy (CISLL), said Kopp’s promise as a scholar and his commitment to interdisciplinary research of educationally relevant research in language and literacy make him a perfect recipient of the first CISLL Student Fellowship.

The purpose of this award is to acknowledge and support the professional development of future scholars in varied fields associated with CISLL. This award will support the research endeavors of the recipient for one academic year.

Kopp has made substantial contributions to his chosen field as well as to the NIU and CISLL communities, Elish-Piper and Magliano said.

His general area of focus is cognitive psychology and his specific interest pertains to the psychological processes that support the comprehension of discourse and, in particular, arguments. He also has pursued the development and assessment of computer-based interventions that help students think critically about science.

Kopp’s interest and research embody the interdisciplinary agenda of CISLL and has drawn upon the fields of psychology, education, linguistics and computer science.

Moreover, he has actively participated in the interdisciplinary activities associated with CISLL since the inception of the center.

CISLL is dedicated to creating a new generation of scholars who have a broad perspective on the study of language and literacy. For more information, call (815) 753-5793
or e-mail [email protected].