Undergraduate Research Assistants

Alexis Burke

Hello! My name is Alexis Burke. I’m a third-year undergraduate student at Scripps College majoring in Linguistics and minoring in Psychology. I am passionate about language acquisition, phonetics, and sociolinguistics, and I am interested in the intersection of language and gender. Hello! My name is Alexis Burke. I’m a fourth-year undergraduate student at Scripps College majoring in Linguistics and minoring in Psychology. I am passionate about language acquisition, phonetics, and sociolinguistics, and I am interested in the intersection of language and gender. I also love learning new languages, and right now I’m learning Scottish Gaelic! Outside of my studies, I enjoy singing and arranging music, and I love baking different desserts! After my undergraduate degree, I hope to spend time teaching English abroad and eventually go on to earn a PhD in Linguistics.

Emma Chang

Hello! My name is Emma Chang, and I am a second-year undergraduate student at UCLA majoring in Psychology and minoring in Education. My research interests include language acquisition, child development, and the intersection between psychology and education. After graduating from UCLA, I hope to pursue a doctorate degree in educational psychology. In my free time, I really enjoy sewing, singing, and spending time with friends and family!

Nikita Ghodke

Hi! My name is Nikita Ghodke and I graduated in 2021 with a Bachelor’s in Psychology, English Literature & Journalism. I am a disabled student in academia interested mainly in different branches of Developmental and Educational Psychology. Some areas I am interested in are working memory and its relationship with language acquisition, and development, especially in children from the lower socioeconomic status. My future plans include applying for grad school in the coming years and focusing on improving and making an inclusive space in an academic setting for children from all backgrounds. In my free time, I volunteer in mentoring International students like myself to navigate through academia. Apart from academics, I binge watch Netflix series and enjoy writing, and photography.

Jaehyuk Im

Hi! My name is Jaehyuk Im. I am a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in applied linguistics at UCLA. I love working with children, and my research interest is on interactional sociolinguistics and second language acquisition. After graduating from UCLA, I plan to pursue graduate school in sociolinguistics. In my free time, I enjoy reading books, watching movies, and playing the bass guitar.

Cassie James

Hi all! My name is Cassie James and I am a fourth-year student athlete at Monmouth University in New Jersey. I am a history and secondary education major with a minor in communication sciences and disorders with aspirations of becoming a Speech and Language Pathologist in the future! I am very interested in language acquisition and its potential correlation to aid individuals in language confusion, cognitive problems, and speech impediments. I am beyond excited to work in the lab with other motivated and passionate individuals! In my free time I enjoy running, hanging at the beach, and exploring National Parks!

Ashley Kao

Hi! My name is Ashley Kao and I am a third year undergraduate student majoring in Human Biology and Society and minoring in Accounting at UCLA. I am incredibly interested in working with children and am very passionate about child development. In the future, I hope to attend graduate school and work in the medical field, specifically in pediatrics. Outside of school, my interests include running, exploring new coffee shops, playing piano, and baking. I am excited to be a part of the UCLA Language Lab!

Crystal Moon

My name is Crystal Moon and I graduated UCLA with a degree in Linguistics and Computer Science in 2018. I love all things in relation to language and phonetics, and I’m currently hoping to pursue further research in the graduate level. I’m also an enthusiast about translation and localization, and love discussing it in regards to cultural exchange!

Annika Park

Hi! My name is Annika Park and I am currently a second-year undergraduate student at UCLA studying Applied Linguistics. In the future, I hope to become a speech-language pathologist working in rehabilitation centers. As for interests, in my spare time I love spending time with friends, watching movies, and reading books.

Xiaoxuan Wang

Hi! My name is Xiaoxuan Wang and I am currently a first year undergraduate student here at UCLA and I’m planning on double majoring in Applied Mathematics and Linguistics. My research interests include sociolinguistics and first language acquisition. In the future, I hope to
pursue a Master’s degree and become a scientific researcher. In my free time, I enjoy playing tennis, going to concerts and discovering new recipes. I am extremely excited to be an RA for the UCLA Language Lab!

Qilin Zhou

Hi! My name is Qilin Zhou, and I am a third-year Psychology and Applied Mathematics major here at UCLA. I’m interested in language acquisition and its application in designing language learning tools for children of different ages. I hope to continue exploring psycholinguistics for my graduate studies. In my free time, I like to cook and travel around various cities.