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Tina Bolek is an undergraduate student at UW-Madison who is majoring in Linguistics. She enjoys learning new languages such as Spanish, Italian and Latin. Some of her hobbies include reading, playing the piano and clarinet, and traveling.

Yige (Luke) Chen is a Master’s student in Linguistics at University of Cambridge in the UK. He has a B.S. in Economics, Linguistics, Mathematics and Asian Studies with a Certificate in Computer Sciences from UW-Madison, and graduated in the Summer of 2020. His research interests are natural language processing, East Asian languages, and economics of language. Prior to attending UW-Madison, Yige spent two years studying at South China University of Technology in Guangzhou, China.

Amy Clay is an assistant professor in French at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has a PhD in SLA and graduated in the Spring of 2018. Her dissertation was about the way second language learners construct knowledge about the tense-aspect system. Amy received her MA in French Linguistics at the University of Caen Basse-Normandie.

Maggie (Shuo) Feng is an assistant professor in English linguistics at Peking University in Beijing China. She has a PhD in English Language & Linguistics from UW-Madison, where she focused on Second Language Acquisition and Psycholinguistics. She received her MA in Applied English Linguistics from UW-Madison in May 2015. Maggie received a BA in Translation and Interpretation from Central China Normal University. Her e-mail address is

Fiona Freeman was an undergraduate student majoring in Psychology and Linguistics at UW-Madison. She is interested in studying second language acquisition to aid in her work as an English language tutor on campus and to better understand her own learning of Korean and Spanish.

Jinman Fu has now graduated from the Applied English Linguistics Program and the TESOL Certificate Program at UW-Madison. She is interested in Second Language Acquisition, experimental semantics and pragmatics. Prior to attending UW-Madison, she received her BA in English Translation and Interpretation at Shijiazhuang Tiedao University, China. She is now an English teacher in Sichuan, China.

Melanie LaFountain graduated with a degree in International Studies and certificates in TESOL and Educational Policy Studies. She is interested in how studying second language acquisition can inform and improve her future endeavors as an English language teacher.

Leksi Scarr is a senior at UW-Madison majoring in Linguistics. They enjoy reading about history, politics, and economics, especially as they apply to language and language change. Their interest in L2 acquisition stems in part from their hopes to learn more languages, including French and Ojibwe.

Sara Sheibani holds a BA in International Studies and certificates in French and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Her experiences working with different English speakers and learning languages herself made her interested learning more about the factors that impact language acquisition and intercultural communication.

Rachel Sobiesk graduated UW-Madison in Spring 2018 and majored in Nursing. She was also a lab assistant in a lab studying autism at Mayo Clinic in her home town, Rochester, MN. She became interested in helping in the SLA lab after taking a course in child language acquisition.

Glenn Starr is an assistant professor of linguistics at UW-Milwaukee. He has a PhD in English Language & Linguistics at UW-Madison, having graduated in Spring 2022. He is interested in pursuing further study in the areas of Second Language Acquisition and Psycholinguistics. Prior to attending UW-Madison, Glenn spent over a decade in East Asia studying Chinese and Korean while also gaining experience as an instructor of English as a Foreign Language.

Suzanne Weathersby double majored in Communication Sciences & Disorders and Spanish. She enjoys learning new languages and is interested in language acquisition and multilingualism. Her language experiences have encouraged her to learn more about how multiple languages interact with each other during language acquisition and she plans on further studying this area after completing her undergraduate degree. She is now a full-time graduate student at Marquette University.

Peigen Zhou graduated with a PhD in Statistics in Spring of 2020. His interests were survey inference, Machine Learning, Non-parametric method, and Bayesian analysis. Before coming to Madison, Peigen studied in School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC).