Annual Graduate Student Symposium

The 2023 Research Symposium will be held Thursday, May 4 (Reading Day), in the Lucy B. Ellis Lounge of the Foreign Language Building, FROM 10:45 AM - 2:15 PM.

(Lunch will be served to REGISTERED attendees. Registration BELOW.)


Email abstracts to Professor Kiel Christianson <>. You will be notified of acceptance via email within 48 hrs of submission.
1. Max length: 500 words
2. Include your NAME and HOME DEPARTMENT
3. Specify whether you want to present a TRADITIONAL PRINTED poster or a LAPTOP poster. SLATE will print traditional posters for you. Laptop posters can be presented on your own computer.
4. DEADLINE: All abstracts must be submitted to Prof. Christianson by 5:00 pm, April 20.



Eunice Eunhee Jang, Ph.D.

Professor Eunice Eunhee Jang


Department of Applied Psychology & Human Development
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
University of Toronto


TITLE: The Effects of BalanceAI Diagnostic Assessment on Students Cognitive, Affective, and Metacognitive Growth through Personalized Human Mediation


Eunice Eunhee Jang is a Full Professor in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on the intersection of education, assessment, and technology, with a particular emphasis on using artificial intelligence (AI) to develop new methods of assessment and support students' self-regulated learning. Her work examines the opportunities and challenges of using AI for educational assessment and learning and investigates how technology can be augmented to enhance student achievement, motivation, and well-being.



Viorica Marian, Ph.D.

Professor Viorica Marian


Northwestern University

TITLE: The Power of Language: How the Codes We Use to Think, Speak, and Live Transform Our Minds


The majority of the world population is bilingual or multilingual. In this talk, I will suggest that accommodating multiple communicative codes is the prototypical state of the human mind. I will present eye-tracking, mouse-tracking, EEG, and fMRI evidence that the continuous co-activation and interaction of multiple languages shapes the human linguistic, cognitive, and neural function. Being bilingual or multilingual results in profound changes not only to how we use language, but also how we perceive the world, what we remember, how we learn, our creativity, decision making, and identity at both the individual and society levels. I will conclude with a call for placing the study of language-mind interaction and multilingualism among the core areas of scientific investigation if we are to gain an accurate understanding of humanity’s potential.


Dr. Viorica Marian is the Sundin Endowed Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders and Professor of Psychology at Northwestern University. She directs the Bilingualism and Psycholinguistics Research Group, with funding from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. Marian received her PhD in Psychology from Cornell University and previously served as Department Chair and as Chair of the NIH Study Section on Language and Communication. She is a recipient of the University of Alaska Alumni of Achievement Award, the Clarence Simon Award for Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring, and the Editor’s Award for best paper from the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. She is the author of the forthcoming popular science book “The Power of Language,” selected as one of The Next Big Idea Club’s Must Read Books and translated into ten foreign languages and counting.



Anyone with an interest in SLA/Bilingualism/Language Teaching is invited to attend. Lunch will only be provided for registered attendees, however. 

REGISTRATION: Email Danyi Chen <>  with the following information before 5pm April 24:

> Name

> Department

> Status (Grad Student, Faculty, Other)

> Sandwich choice (turkey, beef, vegetarian)


Program & Abstracts

Schedule of Events

10:45 -- Welcome (Kiel Christianson, SLATE Director); refreshments

11:00 -- Dr. Jang's talk 

12:00 -- Lunch & Posters

1:15 -- Dr. Marian's talk