Members

UT Sound Lab 2019

ExploreUT – March 2, 2019. From left to right: Luis, Sandie, Riley, Kirsten, Zhe-chen, Rajka, Meryl, Gabby, Frida, Alex

Lab Director

Rajka Smiljanic (PI)

Emailrajka@austin.utexas.edu

Current members

Graduate students

Sandie Keerstock, LIN

Sandie is a 5th-year Ph.D. student in Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin. She joined the lab in Fall 2015. Her research focuses on first and second language speech perception and production and auditory memory. Her dissertation looks at how L1 and L2 speakers/listeners remember speech of varying intelligibility. She enjoys science-fiction and singing in noraebang (karaoke).
Email: sandiekeerstock@gmail.com


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Kirsten Meemann, LIN

Kirsten is a 5th-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). Email: kirsten.meemann@gmail.com


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Zhe-Chen Guo, LIN

Zhe-chen Guo is a 2nd-year Ph.D. student in Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin. He joined the lab in Fall 2018. His research focuses on prosody and speech perception. Currently, he is interested in how listeners use prosodic information to accomplish speech segmentation and how different listening conditions affect their segmentation performance. In his free time, he enjoys cooking and writing codes for fun.
Email: y9024131@gmail.com


Sarah Ransom-Laud, LIN

Sarah is a first-year Ph.D. student in Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin. She joined the lab in Spring 2019. She is interested in speech perception, lexical architecture, and prosody. Outside of research, she enjoys playing music, writing songs, and gardening.


Undergraduate Students

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Gabrielle Shaddock

Gabrielle is a 4th-year Linguistics major at the University of Texas at Austin. She joined the lab in 2018. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school to study phonetics and phonology. In her free time, Gabrielle enjoys playing music, learning languages, and playing board games. Gabrielle is in second first semester with the UTSoundLab.
Emailgdshaddock@gmail.com


Frida Ballard

Frida is a 3rd-year undergraduate student with a double major in French and Linguistics. She joined the lab in 2018. In her free time, she likes to work in many visual arts media, watch movies, and attempt to cook international food.
Emailfrida.ballard@gmail.com


Meryl Xiong

Meryl is a 3rd-year double-majoring in Linguistics and Management. You can often find her at a concert, playing board games, or attempting to bake. She started her first semester in the UTSoundLab in Spring 2019.
Email: mlx59@utmail.utexas.edu


Alexandra Brown

Alexandra is a 3rd-year at the University of Texas at Austin, majoring in Linguistics and pursuing a certificate in Computer Science. She joined the lab in Spring 2019. In her free time she likes to read, play tennis and soccer, and watch scary movies.
Email: asb3456@utexas.edu


Riley Pruden

Riley is a 3rd-year Linguistics Major at the University of Texas at Austin with a minor in Anthropology. She joined the lab in Spring 2019. In her free time, she loves to play ultimate frisbee with the UT women’s team and listen to music.
Email: rileyelisep@gmail.com


Lab alumni

Graduate Students & Postdocs

Steven Alcorn, SPN
Last known position: Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Indiana University at Bloomington


Niamh Kelly, LIN
Last known position: Assistant Professor, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Cindy Blanco, LIN
Last known position: Learning Scientist, Duolingo

Rachael Gilbert, LIN
Last known position: Principal Data Scientist at Trello

Kristin Van Engen, Postdoc
Last known position: Assistant Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences at Washington University

Elisa Ferracane, LIN
Last known position: PhD program, Linguistics, UT

Hoyoung Yi, CSD
Last known position: Assistant Professor, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Gayatri Rao, PSYCH
Last known position: Assistant Director of Reporting and Analytics, UT

Matthias Sjerps, visiting graduate student
Last known position: Researcher at the Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging at the Radboud University Nijmegen

Lauren Ayres, Graduate CSD

Natalia Czimskey, Graduate CSD

Undergraduate Research Assistants

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Irene Smith, LIN

Last known position: Environmental Sciences Lab, Applied Research Labs, UT


Luis De La Cruz, LIN, English

Last known position: Teach for America, Roma High School, Rio Grande Valley


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Jai Lyn Pena, LIN

Last known position: PhD program, Linguistics, New York University


Kevin Lilley, LIN
Last known position: PhD program, Linguistics, Ohio State University


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Sarah Blackshear, LIN

Last known position: Ads Integrity Analyst, Accenture, Austin, TX


Marina Gavino, LIN

Last known position: PhD program, Linguistics, Northwestern University


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Kaylee Kocurek


Olivia

Olivia Naworol


Liliana Terry, LIN

Last known position: Software Engineering Intern at Microsoft


Hannah Ray, LIN


Lauren Franklin, LIN

Last known position: PhD program, Dept of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences, Brown


Maddie Oakley, French

Last known position: PhD program, Linguistics, Georgetown


Emily Tagtow, LIN


Andrea Manrique, LIN

Last known position: Paralegal at Briggle & Polan , PLLC, Austin, TX.


N. Garcia-Holmes, LIN

Last known position: Assistant for Operations at The University of Texas at Austin


Michelle Dubois, LIN, Dean’s Distinguished Graduate (College of Liberal Arts) 2016.

Last known position: Spanish instructor, Freestyle Language Center, Austin, TX.


Gaby Cook, CSD


Cristabella Trimble-Quiz, LIN


Karen Johnson, CSD

Last known position: Northwest Elementary School, Pflugerville Independent School District


Jose Martinez


Kiki Adams, LIN


Corina Trevino, LIN / CSD Intellectual Entrepreneurship internship program


Aidan Aannestad, LIN


Nicholas Victor, CSD


Samantha Sebastian, LIN


Anais Callejon, LIN


Randall Rouse, LIN


Gabriela Saenz, CSD


Rob Corona, LIN


Lauren Burleson, LIN


Johanna Emily Boardman, LIN


Jasmine Beitz, CSD


Samantha Gordon Danner, LIN

Last known position: PhD program, Linguistics, USC


Lab pictures

UTSoundLab 2017-2018. ExploreUT. Left to right: Sandie, Gabby, Kirsten, Luis, Kevin, Olivia, front: Irene, Sarah, Steven.
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UTSoundLab 2016-2017: from left to right: Rajka, Jailyn, Liliana, Maria, Steven, Kirsten, Irene, Sandie
UTsoundLab Fall 2010