"Crossing Borders: Engaging and Connecting"

The SLA graduate students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Iowa have formed a partnership to host an annual SLA Graduate Student Symposium. Organizing and hosting the conference alternates between the universities. Graduate students in SLA and related disciplines present their work and meet distinguished researchers in their field.

The theme of the 2014 symposium is Crossing Borders: Engaging and Connecting and will take place in Madison, Wisconsin on April 11th and 12th, 2014, at THE PYLE CENTERThe organizing committee is honored to welcome Lourdes Ortega from Georgetown University and Judith Liskin-Gasparro from the University of Iowa as this year's plenary speakers. 

Registration is open! Please visit our Conference Registration page, as early registration is highly encouraged.

We look forward to seeing you!




We would especially like to thank our sponsors and co-sponsors, without whom this event would not be possible!

This event has been made possible by funds and donations from:

      The Kemper K Knapp Bequest Fund

      The Language Institute

      The Department of German

      The Department of African Languages and Literatures

      Professor Richard Young

      The University Bookstore



And a special thanks to our co-sponsors!

     The Second Language Acquisition Program

      The Department of Spanish and Portuguese

      The Applied Linguistics Student Association




Symposium Co-Chairs (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Amy Clay, Nelly Martin, Kazeem Sanuth


Symposium Co-Hosts (University of Iowa)

FLARE Graduate Student Organization

Jennifer Vojtko Rubí (President)

Anastasia Izmaylova-Culpepper  (Vice-President)


SLA Graduate Student Organization (SLAG) (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Colleen Hamilton & Leah Wicander (Co-Presidents)


Abstract Committee

Jan Hagedorn, Jennifer Gray (University of Wisconsin-Madison)


Abstract Reviewers

(University of Iowa)

Anastasia Izmaylova, Katharina Kley, Elenore Kosi, Tania Leal, Brian Olovson, Jennifer Vojtko Rubi, Elena Shimanskaya


(University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Bicho Azevedo, Amy Clay, Colleen Hamilton, Jason Kemp, Nelly Martin, Melissa Miller, Snezhana Zheltoukhova


Hospitality/Housing and Transportation Committee

Sara Farsiu, Emily Heidrich (University of Wisconsin-Madison)


Publicity/Advertising Committee

Sue Hyu Mun (University of Wisconsin-Madison)


Ethnic Panel Committee

Akira Kondo, Snezhana Zheltoukhova (University of Wisconsin-Madison) 

Registration Committee

Bicho Azevedo, Colleen Hamilton (University of Wisconsin-Madison)


Food Committee

Sandrine Pell (University of Wisconsin-Madison)


Web Design

Ryan Engel (Webmaster), Kelsey White, Leah Wicander (University of Wisconsin-Madison)


Special thanks to:

(Doctoral Program in SLA, UW-Madison)

Monika Chavez, Maggie Hawkins, Rob Howell, Dianna Murphy, Richard Young, Junko Mori, Jacee Cho, Wendy Johnson, Malliga Somasundaram

The Second Language Acquisition Program, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Applied Linguistics Student Association


Pictures for our symposium banner, poster and program book is credited to: Bryce Richter, UW-Madison.

Credit for front and back cover pictures:

Poster, Banner and Front Cover Picture of the Program Book:

Caption: A "W" crest banner hangs in front of Bascom Hall on Bascom Hill at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Oct. 18, 2007. ©University of Wisconsin-Madison University Communications. Photo by: Bryce Richter 


Back Cover Picture of the Program Book:

Caption: UW Badgers mascot Bucky Badger plays to the crowd during a football game against the University of Illinois Illini at Camp Randall Stadium at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Oct. 6, 2012. Wisconsin won the game 31-14. (Photo by Bryce Richter / UW-Madison). Date: 2012