The written form of language is a representation of its speech sounds. When we learn to read, we begin by learning to associate the sounds of a language with its written symbols. I am interested in how our brain achieves this new association when learning a foreign language as an adult.
What do you hope to accomplish with your research?
I would like to contribute to the multiculturalism of our current society.
What has winning a major award meant to you?
As a scholar I am so grateful and honoured to receive any award. As a consequence, I feel responsible for meeting or even exceeding the expectations for my work in the name of the award organization and their trustees. In addition, it's a tremendous encouragement to challenging myself even more as a scholar and a researcher.
What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?
I was surprised that UBC is such a large campus -- after 2 years of study here I can still get lost. Vancouver is a beautiful place to live, with easy access to stunning natural surroundings, and is a relatively easy city in which to bicycle.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
I looked for researchers and scholars whom I felt would best help me hone my skills. I found them at UBC, and now I am honoured to have them as my supervisors.
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
UBC can offer excellent scholarly work. Make sure you enjoy your time here.