Prof. Parker was recently awarded a William & Mary Scholars Undergraduate Research Experience (WMSURE) Fellowship funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to improve interdisciplinary education at the College. As a WMSURE/Mellon Fellow, Prof. Parker will work to increase the opportunities for students from first generation and lower income families, and historically under-represented racial and ethnic groups, to participate in research under faculty supervision.
William & Mary once again served as a site host for the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO). The event is an annual competition that engages high schoolers in language and logic problems. This year, we had around 10 students from local schools participate. Many thanks to the student volunteers, Jessica Campbell and Colin Wilson for their help promoting the event.
For the past two years, William & Mary has served as a host site for the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO), and we’re gearing up to host it again in January 2016. NACLO is a contest in which middle and high school students solve linguistic puzzles. It’s a great opportunity for youngsters to learn about the diversity and consistency of language, while sharpening their logic skills.
In preparation for NACLO next month, our outreach team stopped by Berkeley Middle School to talk to their students about linguistics and how to get involved in NACLO. Prof. Dan Parker and two students, Meredith Wolf and Kelly Luo, led activities illustrating the connections between language and computers. Check out the photos below. Fun times were had by all! This is the second year that we’ve visited Berkeley and we hope to keep this tradition up and expand to more schools next year.