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. 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.

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!

Rainey Williams

Hi! My name is Rainey Williams and I am a third-year Linguistics and Computer Science major here at UCLA. I’m interested in language acquisition, sociolinguistics, and computational linguistics. In my free time I like to draw, watch documentaries, and explore LA with my friends!

Yi Zhao

Hi everyone! My name is Yi Zhao and I’m a graduate student of Harvard Graduate School of Education. My major is Language and Literacy and I am interested in language learning with a focus on the different social, cultural, and emotional contexts and individual differences. In my free time, I enjoy reading novels, travelling and listening to music! I am grateful to be a part of the UCLA Language Lab!

Rashell Khalfin

Hi! My name is Rashell Khalfin, I am a third year at UCLA studying sociology with a minor in education. I have known that I want to be a pediatric speech language pathologist since I was a sophomore in highschool, I absolutely adore children and feel like my heart is about to burst from happiness whenever I am around their infectious positive energy. My interest in speech language pathology has also prompted me to learn American Sign Language here at UCLA and my intent is to become fluent!  I have been a competitive ballroom dancer since I was 5 years old, so during my free time I love to dance. I also love to read, hang out with my sister who is the best person in the world, and of course be around children. I have joined several organizations on campus that work directly with kids and I can say without a doubt that being a part of these organizations has been the highlight of my UCLA experience.

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.

Matty Tran

Hello, my name is Matty and I am a fourth-year undergraduate student at UCLA majoring in Asian Languages and Linguistics and minoring in Digital Humanities! I am interested in computational linguistics and language pedagogy, and I am excited to be working in the language acquisition lab! I hope to continue my graduate studies in Human-Computer Interaction and Design, eventually working to develop meaningful and linguistically informed language technology! My free time is usually spent creating digital art, playing video games, and hiking.

Allison Truong

Hello! My name is Allison Truong, and I’m a third year undergraduate student at UCLA studying Sociology with a minor in Cognitive Science. My interests encompass conversational analysis and spoken interactions within social institutions. I have a passion for people and the institutions we encounter every day, thus in this future I hope to incorporate my skills and passions onto a team whether in business or tech. In my free time I love to hike, try new restaurants, and find new hobbies including teaching myself piano and guitar.

Meera Suresh

Hi! My name is Meera Suresh and I am a sophomore majoring in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology and minoring in Biomedical Research. My future plans include attending graduate school for an MD-PhD degree to pursue a career in clinical research. In my free time, I love dancing, reading, and hiking, and I’m so grateful to be a part of the UCLA Language Lab!

Aimee Kanadjian

My name is Aimee Kanadjian, I am a third-year undergraduate student and first-year transfer at UCLA majoring in Psychology and minoring in Linguistics. My research interests include the effects of hearing loss on language acquisition, infant language acquisition, cognitive development, and aphasia recovery. After graduating from UCLA, I plan to earn my Au.D. and work as a clinical audiologist. In my free time, I love to read, crochet, and go to the beach.

Anika Vaishampayan

Hi! My name is Anika Vaishampayan and I am a third year undergraduate student at UCLA pursuing a degree in Cognitive Science with a Specialization in Computing. My research interests include socio-communicative deficits in children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, acquired neurological disorders, and secondary language acquisition. Post-graduation, my dream is to pursue a doctorate degree, become a licensed neuropsychologist, and work with underserved children in a clinical capacity. In my free time, I enjoy visiting libraries and bookshops, cooking a variety of cuisines, hiking and playing fetch with my sweet pup Mylo, and binge watching Netflix.

Jasmine Miranda

Hi! My name is Jasmine Miranda. I’m a fourth year undergraduate student majoring in linguistics and psychology with a minor in disability studies. Im interested in child language acquisition, speech impediments and early social development in autistic communities. After ucla, I plan on going to grad school to pursue a career as a speech language pathologist or an audiologist. I love star gazing, reading and spending time with my friends/family.

Marlena Toebben

Hello! My name is Marlena Toebben. I am a second-year graduate student at Pepperdine University studying to get a Master’s in Psychology. When I finish my MA, I want to pursue a Ph.D. to research early childhood development. I am fascinated by the development of the brain for infants and toddlers. I want to do what I can to help further the research on diagnoses. Outside of studying psychology, I enjoy painting, reading, writing, and music.

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!

Rania Soetirto

Hi! My name is Rania Soetirto, and I’m a fourth-year undergraduate student at UCLA majoring in English with a minor in Global Health and Professional Writing. I grew up in Indonesia, one of the most linguistically diverse countries in the world, which fostered my interest in linguistics. In my free time, I enjoy learning new languages, and I am interested to learn more about language acquisition, sociolinguistics, translation, and the intersectionality between language and culture. Outside of school, I enjoy reading, traveling, and binge-watching tv shows. 

Anna Tong

Hello! My name is Anna Tong and I am a second-year undergraduate student at UCLA majoring in computer science with a minor in linguistics. My interests lie in the intersection of computing, language, and trauma. I hope to pursue a graduate degree and a career in research that serves refugee and asylum seeking populations. I also love learning new languages and about new cultures in addition to reading, sewing, and exploring new places!

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.

Anna Harutyunyan

Hi! My name is Anna Harutyunyan. I am a second year undergraduate student at UCLA, double majoring in Linguistics and Sociology. I am very passionate about working with children and interested in language acquisition in children. After graduation, I plan to attend grad school for Speech Pathology and hopefully become a licensed speech therapist. In my free time, I like to scroll through social media, play the piano, or spend time with my sisters.