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Grad student named Linguistic Institute Fellow

March 8, 2013
Erin Vobornik

Erin Vobornik

Erin Vobornik, a second-year graduate student at NIU who is working on her master’s degree in English linguistics, was named a 2013 fellow of the  Linguistic Society of America.

Vobornik, who earned a bachelor’s degree in French from NIU in 2008, was awarded  the Dictionary Society of North America Fellowship.

This fellowship provides $1,700 tuition for the most promising student who enrolls in the course Lexicography in Natural Language Processing at the 2013 Linguistic Institute at the University of Michigan.

“My professional goals are to use my love of linguistics to help others,” Vobornik says.

“I am interested in dictionary compilation for under-represented languages. These dictionaries do not only function as a corpus for other researchers, but also as a medium through which a language community can see its own language as important globally,” she adds. “This fellowship allows me to learn key skills that will help me achieve my goals and contribute to open-sharing of information.”

Vorornik is a teaching intern with NIU’s First Year Composition Program. She also has worked at the Writing Center, providing students with detailed feedback on their papers.

The LSA and the 2013 Linguistic Institute awarded 75 fellowships to attend the institute, including the Bloch Fellowship, the James McCawley Fellowship and 10 Rackham Diversity Allies Fellowships. Nearly 350 deserving candidates applied for the fellowships.