Partnerships for International
Research and Education
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Research and Education

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September 15, 2022

Are you interested in language? In languages in a foreign setting? In what is involved in speaking or learning more than one language?

The Center for Language Science at Penn State has received a multi-year grant from the National Science Foundation as part of the Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) program. The project is titled “Translating cognitive and brain science in the laboratory and field to language learning environments,” and is designed to study the way one or more languages are learned and used across the lifespan. The scope is very broad and includes the consequences of being or becoming bilingual, the use of minority languages and dialects, and the incorporation of research on language into the educational curriculum.

Undergraduate students who participate in the PIRE program will have the opportunity to work closely with Penn State research faculty who study language from a variety of perspectives. They will also spend a summer abroad at one of our partner institutions (in Europe, Latin America, and Asia) participating in collaborative projects, both in an academic setting and through educational and community outreach efforts. This is an excellent opportunity to engage in hands-on research in an exciting field with significant social implications.

Expenses to travel abroad during the summer to conduct research (e.g., summer tuition, airfare, lodging, meals, incidentals) will be covered by the grant.


Advance registration is required.

January 24, 2019
Moore 127

Maura Jaeger & Dana Winthrop - Using developmental milestones to characterize language delay in preschool-age users of American Sign Language
Alec Powers & Gabriella Rivera-Corchada - Cognate Facilitation and Syntactic Ambiguity in Bilingual Children
Joana Pinzon-Coimbra, Julia Rembalsky, & Gloria Xu - English proficiency and the understanding/use of articles
Kellie Harrington, David Miller, & Maggie Rose Pelella - The processing of Spanish dialectal variation by native Spanish speakers
Emily Pifer - Creativity in two languages: Convergent and Divergent Thinking in Billingual Engineering Students
Julian Yee - Comprehension of code-switched speech in non-habitual code-switchers: An electrophysiological study
Carmen Gonzalez Recober - Comprehension of code-switched speech: Does code-switching experience play a role?

January 17, 2019
Moore 127

Madison Krieger - How gender based bias impacts language perceptions
Sara Ostergren - Spanish-Palenquero Code-Switching
Gabrielle Herman - Language Identification in Lengua Palenquera and Spanish
Natalie Wenger - Phonological differences between Spanish and Palenquero
Jason Giovagnoli - Perceiving difficult L2 phonetic contrasts: a view from perceptual learning
Rosa Padt - Vocabulary Consolidation in L2 Speakers
Shane Cummings - Idiomatic Comprehension in the L2: Is Nativelike Speed Possible?
Carly Danielson - The Influence of Speakers’ Physical Appearance on Listeners' Accented Speech Comprehension
Sydney Harfenist - Syntactic Priming of Possessive Noun Phrases in Bilingual Children

December 7, 2018
Moore 127
September 27, 2018
Moore 130

During this meeting we will be discussing the PIRE application procedure and, in particular, the process of designing a project in conjunction with your advisor and a partner institution. If you think you might be interested in applying for a PIRE fellowship, please plan on attending.

August 29, 2018
Moore 127