Laurence B. Violette
BA Honours Linguistics – 2012
Laurence has completed her BA in Linguistics (Honours with Great Distinction) in 2012. She was presented with the Modern Languages and Linguistics Plaque at the Spring 2012 graduation convocation. She was also one of up to three Canadian students chosen annually to receive the Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship to pursue graduate studies at Harvard University. Read Laurence's testimonial: "My most enriching experiences at Concordia University have been my volunteer engagement as well as my work at the CMLL Department. I started volunteering in the fall of 2010, when the Concordia LIVE Centre opened. The Centre promotes volunteerism among students and strives to guide them in finding volunteer opportunities related to their interests. To serve this goal, I developed lists of specific volunteer opportunities related to various majors, starting with Linguistics. After two years of contribution, I was nominated by my co-workers and selected to receive the CCSL Outstanding Contribution Award in April 2012. I also dedicated a great part of my time to Linguistics and had the opportunity to work as a Teaching Assistant several times for Professor Madelyn Kissock and Professor Charles Reiss. Moreover, the completion of my Honours Thesis, the study of Historical Linguistics and the research done with Professor Mark Hale were very formative. These experiences have undoubtedly been influential in my pursuing my PhD at Harvard in Historical Linguistics in the Fall 2012."