Linguistics Student Association

The purpose of the Linguistics Student Association (LSA) at the University of Toronto Scarborough is to enhance the quality of campus life for undergraduates studying in Linguistics or Psycholinguistics. Our association aims to achieve this goal by planning academic events and social functions to provide a space for students to interact and network with professors, alumni and professionals in the field. Seeing as how linguistics is an ever-growing field, we also hope to provide resources, internal or external, for students to get involved with and further their studies in Linguistics or Psycholinguistics. Ultimately, our association is for anyone who shares a fascination for patterns, sounds and the extraordinary power of how we communication - verbally or non-verbally. If you have any questions regarding our organization, or just want to chat about linguistics, feel free to contact us.

 

Email: linguisticsclub.utsc@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LSAatUTSC

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lsa_utsc/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lsa_utsc

 

LSA Member Biographies

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Meet Melanie Lamarca, the President

Melanie is a fourth-year student specializing in Psycholinguistics at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Her academic interests include the intersection between language and the brain, with a specific focus on first and second language acquisition and the psycholinguistics of reading. Her long-term goal is to become a Speech-Language Pathologist. Her short-term goal is to do her best as the LSA’s President. Her responsibilities include: acting as a liaison between the faculty, association and student body, overseeing the association and supporting programming that adds value to the linguistics community at UTSC. In her spare time, she enjoys going to concerts, listening to music and has a habit of curating playlists on Spotify.

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Meet Sarah Lai, the Vice-President

Sarah is a fourth-year student pursuing a specialist in Psycholinguistics at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Her interests include speech disorders, language acquisition of infants and second language learning. In the future, she aspires to become a Speech-Language Pathologist. As the Vice President, Sarah is responsible for assisting the President with organizing and executing various events and initiatives throughout the year, and support the association’s effort to involve and engage with students at UTSC and professionals in the field of Linguistics and other relevant disciplines. In addition, Sarah enjoys listening to music, meeting new people, hanging out with friends and is a huge fan of Korean dramas!

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Meet Franzelah Gallo, the Administrative Assistant

Franzelah is a third-year student currently taking up a double major in Psychology and Linguistics, with a minor in Food Studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Her research interests include sociolinguistics and second language acquisition (especially the processes and challenges associated with learning another language). Although not quite specific yet, Franzelah is planning to pursue a career in healthcare. As the Administrative Assistant this year, she will be supporting the association and its events by taking meeting minutes, handling event registrations and room bookings, as well as keeping track of everyone’s tasks. In her free time, Franzelah enjoys swimming, cooking and picking up new hobbies. If you have any questions or just want to chat, feel free to connect with her!

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Meet Ken Danielle Adriano, the Treasurer

Ken is a (fun) third-year student specializing in Psycholinguistics, and minoring in Psychology at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Her interests include Language Acquisition, Morphology (the study of word formations) and Syntax (the study of sentence formation). In the future, she aspires to become a Dialect Coach or a Forensic Linguist (or both!). As a Treasurer, Ken spreads her enthusiasm and passion for Linguistics in hopes of inspiring the UofT community by overseeing the council’s finances for various initiatives such as the annual Scarborough Undergraduate Linguistics Conference (SULC) and the end of the year Graduation Party. Aside from academics, Ken is an adventurous and outgoing individual, may it be camping outdoors, acting in a play or trying new and exotic food with the people that she loves! Don’t be afraid to come say ‘hello’ and share your interests with her!

Fun Fact: Ken knows all the words to the song “Belle” from Beauty and the Beast!

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Meet Nabeeha Ali, the Upper Year Representative

Nabeeha is a third-year double majoring in Linguistics and Psychology at the University of Toronto Scarborough. She is interested in the physiology of the human body and the production and pragmatics of language from a psycholinguistic point of view. As the Upper Year Representative, she is ready to listen to the ideas and concerns of the students in the linguistics program at UTSC. She would also like to promote the study of language to the rest of UTSC and the community. When she’s not busy, Nabeeha enjoys spending time at the gym, playing with her cat, and watching horror movies.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about linguistics, feel free to reach out to her!

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Meet Jingshu “Helen” Yao, the Upper Year Representative

Helen is a fourth-year student majoring in Linguistics at the University of Toronto Scarborough. She also takes English and Chinese Translation and Creative Writing as minors. Her academic interests include sociolinguistics, with a focus on heritage language maintenance. She is also interested in second language acquisition. Her long-term goal is to conduct research on universal grammar in syntax. Her short-term goal is to continue her study in graduate school. As an upper year representative, she will organize the LSA mentorship program. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and writing. One of her aspirations is to write a story about linguists saving the world.

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Meet Abigeya Hailemichael, the Lower Year Representative

Abigeya is a third-year student pursuing a double major in Linguistics and Psychology at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Her interests include first language acquisition, language impairment due to brain trauma, and the overall production and perception of speech. She aspires to have a career in Speech-Language Pathology in the future. As the Lower-Year representative, her primary responsibility is co-managing the Wug Life Outreach Program, which aims to educate high school students on careers in linguistics. She also wishes to help spread awareness about the importance of education and careers in linguistics, inside and outside of UTSC.  In her spare time, Abigeya loves to belt out her favourite songs in her basement, obsess over skincare, and do Pilates workouts.

Meet Sakina Abdus-Samad, the Lower Year Representative

Sakina is a second-year student specializing in Psycholinguistics at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Her interests include speech disorders, first language acquisition and neurolinguistics. She hopes to have a career in either Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology in the future. As one of LSA’s Lower-Year representatives, her responsibility is to work on the Wug Life initiative which introduces the field of Linguistics to high school students. She is also responsible to help voice the opinions of lower-year Linguistic students. In her spare time, Sakina enjoys reading a good book and hanging out with friends.

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Meet Claire Chia, the Events Director

Claire is a third-year student pursuing a specialist in Psycholinguistics as well as a minor in Biology at the University of Toronto Scarborough. She is interested in sociolinguistics as well as speech production and speech disorders, especially regarding research and further treatment options for these disorders. Presently, Claire is aiming for a career in Speech Language Pathology or Physiotherapy. As Events Director, her responsibilities include organizing, promoting, and hosting events run by the LSA. She hopes to increase student engagement and create events that will improve overall enjoyment of student life within the Linguistics department at UTSC. In her spare time, Claire loves to bake, go to hot yoga classes, and watch Netflix.

Meet Andrea Leung, the Events Director

Andrea is a fourth-year student majoring in Psychology and Linguistics at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Her research interest lies in multilingualism and multimodal communication, particularly the cognitive and neurological processes involved in speech perception. Being the Events Director means that Andrea will help students, faculty members, and alumni connect with one another. She will be primarily responsible for planning, coordinating and executing LSA events throughout the year. Upcoming events include, Grad School Workshop, Linguistics Mix and Mingle, Scarborough Undergraduate Linguistics Conference (SULC), Grad Party, and more! In her spare time, Andrea loves listening to music, cooking, playing basketball and watching films.

Fun Fact: Andrea loves bubble tea as much as she loves LSA :)