Lab Director

Rajka Smiljanic (PI)

Graduate Students

Sandie Keerstock, LIN
Sandie is a third year Ph.D. student in Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on intelligibility, in particular the effects of speech clarity on memory retention. She enjoys anything science-fiction related and singing in noraebang (karaoke).



Kirsten Meemann, LIN
Kirsten is a third year Ph.D. student in Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on speech perception and language processing. In particular, she is interested in the effect of clear speech and different types of noise on speech perception, and in the role of cognitive mechanisms to cope with such noise. In her spare time, she enjoys reading thrillers, listening to podcasts, and running (despite the Texas heat).



Steven Alcorn, SPN

Steven is a fifth year Ph.D. student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese studying second language acquisition and bilingualism. His current research examines vowel epenthesis in Brazilian Portuguese and how conflicting phonotactic constraints affect perception and production of consonant clusters Portuguese-English bilinguals. His hobbies include playing and watching sports, visiting museums and exploring Central Texas.

Undergraduate Students

Jai Lyn Pena
Jailyn is a Linguistics and Korean double major in her third year at the University of Texas at Austin. After graduation, she plans to teach English abroad in the Republic of Korea. Jailyn enjoys painting, creative writing and taking long walks in her spare time. This is her second semester as part of the Phonetics lab at UT.



Irene Smith
ireneutsoundlabIrene is in her fourth year at UT Austin, double-majoring in Linguistics and Electrical Engineering. This is Irene’s third year in the UT SoundLab, she especially enjoys sharing the SoundLab’s research with the broader UT community. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school to study computational phonetics and phonology. Outside of her academic life, Irene enjoys weaving fabric on her big Swedish loom, feeding raisins and acorns to her pet goat Ferdinand, and rambling around her family’s homestead west of Austin to learn about the resident plants and animals.

Lab alumni

Niamh Kelly, LIN

Cindy Blanco, LIN

Rachael Gilbert, LIN

Kristin Van Engen, postdoc

Elisa Ferracane, LIN

Hoyoung Yi, CSD

Maria Gavino, undergraduate

Liliana Terry, undergraduate

Hannah Ray, undergraduate

Lauren Franklin, undergraduate

Maddie Oakley, undergraduate

Emily Tagtow, undergraduate

Gaby Cook, undergraduate

Cristabella Trimble-Quiz, undergraduate

Karen Johnson, undergraduate

Jose Martinez

Gayatri Rao, PSYCH

Matthias Sjerps, graduate, max Planck Institute
Matthias (dot) Sjerps (at) mpi (dot) nl

Lauren Ayres, graduate CSD

Natalia Czimskey, graduate CSD

Zach Childers, graduate LIN

Lauren Franklin, undergraduate LIN

Kiki Adams, LIN

Corina Trevino, undergraduate LIN, CSD; Intellectual Entrepreneurship internship program

Aidan Aannestad, undergraduate LIN

Nicholas Victor, undergraduate CSD

Samantha Sebastian, undergraduate LIN

Anais Callejon, undergraduate LIN

Randall Rouse, undergraduate LIN

Gabriela Saenz, undergraduate CSD

Rob Corona, undergraduate LIN

Lauren Burleson, undergraduate LIN

Johanna Emily Boardman, undergraduate LIN

Jasmine Beitz, undergraduate CSD

Samantha Gordon, CSD

UTsoundLab Fall 2010