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Hi everyone! 

We hope you had a wonderful and restful winter break. We have some exciting events and opportunities for you! The Language Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference (LSURC) is fast approaching and looking for volunteers. If you’re already on the hunt for a summer job, SFU is seeking students to run their summer camps. SALSA is searching for tutors for three linguistics courses if you’re looking for a volunteer opportunity this semester. And finally, we have information about three opportunities to submit your research!

  • LSURC 
    • Registration
    • Volunteer
    • Invited Speakers
    • SFU Summer Camps
    • SALSA Tutors for LING 201/300/311
    • Northwest Linguistics Conference (Deadline: Jan 12) 
    • Multi-Disciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference (Deadline: Jan 31) 
    • Working Papers of the Linguistic Circle of the University of Victoria (Deadline: Feb 1)


The 2nd Language Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference (LSURC) is set to take place January 19-20, 2018 at the University of British Columbia, Point Grey Campus in Vancouver, BC. As a student-run conference, we aim to bring together interdisciplinary work in language and communication.To find out more, visit our website:

The conference location will be the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. Oral and poster presentations will be held in rooms 182 and 185, respectively. The current conference schedule can now be found on the Program page of our website:


Registration for the conference is now open! Entrance to LSURC is free, and everyone is welcome to attend. If you do plan to attend, we ask that you please register by January 6th, 2018 using this online conference registration form.

Also, please note that some changes have been made to the conference schedule. The updated times can be found on the Program page of our website.


We are currently looking for volunteers for the days of the event (Jan 19 – Jan 20). More details about the available roles are listed here. If you would like to volunteer, please fill out this online volunteer registration form by January 6th, 2018.


We are excited to announce two of our invited speakers for this year’s roundtable session: Dr. Molly Babel from the Dept. of Linguistics, and Dr. Muhammad Abdul-Mageed from the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies. They will be speaking to the theme of Language as an insight into human nature:

The studies of language span diverse fields but are united by the common theme that human language provides unique insight into how we come to understand human nature. Language is cognitive and cultural, internal and external, personal and social; the diversity of approaches taken in studying language enriches our understanding of who we are. How can the perspective of your field enrich our understanding of language, as a uniquely human phenomenon?



The SFU Summer Camps team is seeking enthusiastic, energetic, and fun individuals to join our amazing summer camps team! We are currently looking for ESL Camp Head Instructors and Instructors, who will be responsible for planning and carrying out various activities for campers. The successful candidate will be responsible for planning, teaching, and facilitating various education and recreation activities for camp participants. This is an excellent opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students wishing to become educators or to apply the skills and knowledge they have learned in their program. Our camps will provide many different opportunities to implement lesson plans, utilize specific activities, and interact with children of all ages and abilities.

The deadline for Head Instructor applications is February 25th, 2018. The deadline for Instructor applications is April 2nd, 2018. Employment with SFU Summer Camps will range from June 18th to August 31st, 2018.

For additional inquiries or information about our employment and volunteer program, please visit: or email




LING 201, 300, & 301

SALSA is looking for peer tutors for LING 201, 300 and 311! Successful candidates will have received an 85% or above in the class, and be able to commit to approximately 1-2 hours per week to peer tutoring this semester. Tutors will receive a letter of commendation and certificate signed by a SALSA representative, which is a great addition to any grad school application. If you are interested, please email  with your Monday-Friday availability for this term.


Northwest Linguistics Conference 

Deadline: January 12, 2018

Hello and welcome to the call for papers for the 34th Northwest Linguistics Conference Call for Papers
The Department of Linguistics at Simon Fraser University is pleased to host the Northwest Linguistics Conference on April 28-29, 2018 in Vancouver, BC. We invite graduate and undergraduate students in any area of theoretical or applied linguistics to submit abstracts for a 30 minute talk (20 minutes for presentation + 10 minutes for discussion) or for a poster presentation.
This year we are pleased to announce the following plenary speakers:
Dr. Keir Moulton (
Dr. Murray Munro (
Dr. Henny Yeung (

Abstracts must be at most two pages long (including data and references), on a letter-sized sheet (8”1/2 by 11”) with 1” margins, and typed in 12-point font. Abstracts should not include any identifying information, including numerous references to one’s own work. Abstracts that do not follow the above format will not be accepted. Submissions are limited to one individual and one joint abstract per author.
Abstracts must be submitted in PDF format on Easy Abs:
The deadline for submissions is January 12, 2018, with replies to be sent by February 12, 2018.
The Northwest Linguistics Conference is an annual conference for graduate students in linguistics to share their work in a collegial atmosphere and meet peers from other universities, both locally and internationally. The venue rotates on a four-year cycle among University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, University of Victoria, and the University of Washington.
For more information, please visit our website:
Any questions or comments may be addressed to

Multi-Disciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference (MURC) 

Deadline: Tues, Jan 31

Checkout a video from MURC 2015 here.

Apply now to present at MURC 2018. The deadline to apply is Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 11:59 PM (PST).

Are you an undergraduate student that is interested in the world of research? Do you have a project you’re passionate about and want to share? The Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference is a great place to start.

Every year, this conference gives undergraduate students the opportunity to showcase their research projects as well as the chance to listen to keynote speakers share their exceptional research experiences. If you have a Faculty-supervised research project you are currently undergoing and want to share with your peers, MURC is the place to do it. 

Registration to attend MURC 2018 Saturday, March 17, 2018 (All day) will be available in February 2018. Please contact if you are interested in getting updates!


Deadline:  February 1st, 2018 (noon PST)

The Working Papers of the Linguistics Circle of the University of Victoria (WPLC),, is a working papers journal published by the graduate students of the Department of Linguistics at the University of Victoria. The volumes go back to 1981 and include published proceedings from the Northwest Linguistics Conference, as well as general and thematic volumes. 
All papers are published in online format only, as an open-access publication. The journal is distributed under Creative Commons license CC BY-NC 4.0 and is indexed with Proquest.  As a working paper, publishing at WPLC does not preclude later publication elsewhere of revised versions of these papers. 
We are currently accepting submissions for Volume 28. This is a general call for submissions from any area related to Linguistics, though papers with an interdisciplinary (bridging linguistics and another field) or transdisciplinary (bridging fields within linguistics) focus are particularly encouraged. Papers with other foci are welcome as well.

Submissions from both students and faculty are encouraged. We kindly ask that student submissions (both undergraduate and graduate) be accompanied by an email from a supervising professor, sent directly to our email account (, indicating that the material is of publishable quality. Without such a note there is no guarantee that papers will be reviewed. Please forward any questions to
To submit, visit our website for details ( and follow the submission instructions. Papers submitted by email will not be considered. In no case should papers exceed 25 pages including references. Please follow the WPLC style guide and other author guidelines available at:
If your submission is accepted for publication, the author publication agreement must be completed. You will be emailed this document once your paper has been accepted.

We look forward to your submissions. 

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