Griffin Taylor, co-leader of the Jewish Studies Student Committee, won a prestigious Mary Gates Research Scholarship.

Griffin Taylor, co-leader of the Jewish Studies Student Committee, won the prestigious Mary Gates Research Scholarship.

Griffin Taylor, co-leader of the Jewish Studies Student Committee, has been awarded the prestigious Mary Gates Research Scholarship. Taylor is a Speech & Hearing Sciences Major and an active participant in the Jewish Studies Program at UW. (You can hear him explaining how Jewish Studies has impacted his college experience and career goals in this video).

The competitive Gates scholarship is aimed at helping students deepen their inquiry into a research project guided by faculty. Taylor will use the funding to support his departmental honors research for the Speech & Hearing Sciences degree. He explains, “The title of my research is Evaluative Language as a Diagnostic Criterion in the Narratives of Children on the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum of Disorders. I am conducting linguistic analysis of narratives from children on the fetal alcohol spectrum of disorders (FASD) in order to understand how they use a particular type of language (evaluative language), and whether or not it is different enough from typically developing children to help diagnose FASD.”

Taylor will be presenting as a Mary Gates Scholar at the 18th annual UW Undergraduate Research Symposium on May 15th, which is free and open to the public (more info here). He will also present his research at the Speech & Hearing Sciences Honors Colloquium on May 20th (more info here).

The faculty and staff of the UW Stroum Center for Jewish Studies congratulate Griffin Taylor on this outstanding achievement. Mazel tov, Griffin!

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