Bernstein&Chan_Updated_23May2016In last month’s newsletter, we summarized TIRF’s activities at the TESOL and AAAL conferences in April. However, as there was so much news to share at that time, we were unable to include other important highlights about some of our grantees. In this piece, we feature news about some exciting accolades three of our Doctoral Dissertation Grant (DDG) recipients’ received.

Also during the AAAL conference, Mr. Virak Chan, a 2015 TIRF DDG recipient, was honored with AAAL’s Graduate Student Award. According to AAAL’s website, this accolade “is a merit-based award that supports attendance of AAAL graduate student members at the annual conference.” It is given to those graduate student attendees whose conference presentation proposals were deemed to be the best that were submitted for adjudication. We are pleased to see that AAAL has recognized Mr. Chan’s continued commitment and contributions to our field.

Dr. Kimberly Woo, a 2013 TIRF DDG awardee, was honored as the 2016 recipient of Educational Testing Service’s (ETS) Jacqueline Ross TOEFL® Dissertation Award. According to ETS’ website, the purpose of the award is “to recognize doctoral dissertation research that makes a significant and original contribution to knowledge about second or foreign language tests and testing and/or the use and development of such tests and testing.” We could not think of a more appropriate way to describe the relevance of Dr. Woo’s doctoral work to our field.

For more information on ETS’ Jacqueline Ross TOEFL® Dissertation Award, please click here. To learn more about AAAL’s Dissertation Award, please click here. For further information regarding AAAL’s Graduate Student Award, please click here.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Woo, Dr. Bernstein, and Mr. Chan on their wonderful achievements! We look forward to watching their future careers and contributions to the field.