Stories from some of the many talented and diverse students in the CoEDL community
CoEDL supported and coordinated various schemes to mentor students at all levels and provide insight into what language science research is all about. Guided by the Education Subcommittee and core principles of CoEDL’s mission like collaboration and interdisciplinarity, the CoEDL community proudly nurtured over 240 undergraduate, masters and doctoral students.
Many students studied directly at CoEDL under the supervision of Centre members; others engaged with education activities the Centre supported. CoEDL ran summer schools, research internships and student mobility programs that allowed students to work alongside researchers and partner institutions; engage in interdisciplinary projects; and learn key lessons about academic conduct. The Education Subcommittee worked with the subcommittee for Early Career and Higher Degree Researchers to organise professional development workshops on topics such as writing a resume and finding a job in academia or beyond. Reaching beyond the immediate Centre community and activities, CoEDL members also facilitated workshops through organisations including the Australian Linguistics Society (ALS).
A proud legacy of these student engagement efforts was the increase of Indigenous collaborations. At least 35 Indigenous students worked with the Centre through the years, and many CoEDL students spent time working in and with Indigenous communities in Australia and the region.
The stories shared below introduce some of these unique experiences and the benefits students felt from working with the CoEDL community.