Bragging on our Tutors

Posted on: October 27, 2014

15619010586_7cf9b22e26_o (1)We are so proud of of our Writing Center tutors who presented during Undergraduate Research Day last week!

Meredith gave an oral presentation titled, “Interpersonal Engagement in Undergraduate First Year Writing.” Meredith said that “By looking most specifically at the use of ‘interpersonal themes’ in students’ writing…I identified components of academic writing that distinguish students who feel more and less prepared and comfortable with college-level writing. The value of this research is that it begins to pinpoint how students who feel more and less ready for college writing actually use language in their essays.”

Caroline presented her research on “The Effects of Age on Second Language Acquisition: Examining How the Older Brain Connects Sound and Writing System.” Her study “examined how age affects a person’s capacity to learn a new language after the age of fifty.” One interesting conclusion that Caroline drew from her research was that “the identification of ‘self-created’ mnemonic clues [is] the best method for adults over the age of fifty to acquire the sounds of a new language in conjunction with its writing system…”

Dee conducted her research this past summer in Vietnam and developed a poster titled, “Eliminating the ‘Mail-Order Bride’ Stigma and Empowering One’s Agency.” Dee concluded that “after interviewing 15 Vietnamese women who are currently involved in international relationships, the finding show that technological advancements have closed the gap of communication and distance for individuals who are involved in long-distance relationships.” She goes on to say that “more Vietnamese women today are involved in international relationships because of modernization, exposure to American media and ideologies, and cultural concentric circles in Vietnam.

Way to go Meredith, Caroline, and Dee!


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