Michigan Albert H. Marckwardt Conference Travel Grant

Apply for the Michigan Marckwardt Conference Travel Grant, which will reimburse your registration for the TESOL International Convention & Expo. This award honors Albert H. Marckwardt, a distinguished educator from the University of Michigan and Princeton, who helped shape the community of language scholars and teachers.

Applications are evaluated according to the applicant's:
  • Scholarship
  • Personal attributes
  • Involvement in and commitment to the profession
  • Financial need
Preference will be give to applicants who have served MITESOL in some capacity.

Eligibility Requirements & How to Apply
Download and follow these instructions:  MI Marckwardt Award 2018.pdf

Due Date:    February 1, 2018, 11:59 p.m., EST 

Contact:      Jolene Jaquays, MITESOL Past President, at jjaquays2005@yahoo.com

Michigan Marckwardt Awardees

Jennifer Musser - 2018

Jennifer will graduate with her M.A. in TESOL from Eastern Michigan University this April 2018. Before her time at EMU, she earned a B.S. in Journalism from Ohio University and went on to teach EFL in Japan for about seven years. Since beginning EMU TESOL's program, however, she has taken an interest in adult education and refugee concerns. Jennifer is now an active volunteer throughout various Washtenaw County adult ed programs, especially Washtenaw Literacy and the Syrian American Rescue Network. Her teaching and research interests include communication strategies for community engagement and the cultivation of learners' multiple identities.

With this being her second opportunity to present at TESOL International, Jennifer is honored to have been selected as a Michigan Marckwardt Award recipient. MITESOL's support enables her to attend the 2018 Master’s Student Forum at TESOL International in Chicago, IL, where she will be presenting "Fostering Adult English Learners’ Engagement with their Community," an in-depth look into the course curriculum she created for her practicum along with the learner outcomes.

Tiffany Johnson - 2017

Tiffany graduated with an M.A. in TESOL from Eastern Michigan University, where she worked as a graduate assistant in the Holman Success Center, assisting freshman transitioning to university. She earned her B.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL. She is interested in learner autonomy and cultural reading practices. 

Tiffany is thankful for MITESOL’s support of graduate students through the Michigan Marckwardt Award. It allowed her to attend the 2017 Master’s Student Forum at TESOL International in Seattle, WA. She presented her M.A. Thesis Research, "Fostering Learner Autonomy in Community-Based ESL programs”.

Laura Eickhoff - 2016

Laura Eickhoff is a graduate from the MA TESOL program at Michigan State University. She attended Central Michigan University where she got a BS in History and  English Language and Literature,and has recently completed a Delta Diploma through Cambridge English and her current employer. She is interested in research relating to descriptive grammar instruction, collaborative teaching, and critical thinking in academic writing ,and has been a contributing author to textbook projects and an online grammar newsletter. She has taught English as a second language at MSU, as well as in Hong Kong and Mainland China. Laura is currently teaching in the Faculty of Academic English at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. 

Laura is especially thankful for the Marckwardt Travel Grant from MITESOL as it was an opportunity to present her master's thesis research, "ESL and EFL Perceptions of Grammar Instruction." It was also thanks to the TESOL Job Marketplace at the conference that she interviewed for and received her current job.

Jennifer Brooke - 2015

Jennifer Brooke is a first-year MATESOL student at Michigan State University, where she serves as a teaching assistant in the English Language CenterShe earned her B.A. in Linguistics and Music from the University of Iowa. She is interested in second language writing, and has also done research in the areas of vocabulary acquisition, interaction in SLA, and speech acts. 

She is honored to be the recipient of the Michigan Marckwardt Award, which will enable her to attend and present at the 2015 Master’s Student Forum at TESOL International in Toronto, Canada. She is looking forward to continuing her program at Michigan State, as well as future opportunities to be involved in MITESOL and TESOL International.

Trisha Dowling - 2014

Trisha Dowling is an MATESOL student at Eastern Michigan University, where she works as a graduate assistant in the International Student Resource Center. She earned her B.A. in Spanish and English from Saginaw Valley State University. She is interested in service learning and sociological issues related to language learning.  

Trisha is a proud recipient of the Michigan Marckwardt Award. She and her colleagues presented their primary research at TESOL 2014 in Portland, "What’s in a name? Sociolinguistic Implications of ELL Naming Practices."

Soo Hyon Kim - 2012

Soo Hyon Kim is a PhD student in Second Language Studies at Michigan State University, where she serves as a graduate teaching and research assistant. She is currently conducting her dissertation research on second language (L2) writers’ metacognitive knowledge.

Her main research interests are issues at the intersection of Second Language Acquisition and L2 writing, English for Academic Purposes, L2 writers in the writing center, and TESOL teacher education. Examples of her work in these areas can be found in TESOL Quarterly, the ELT Journal, Studies in Second Language Acquisition (SSLA), the TESOL SLW and CALL Intersection Newsletter, and NCTE and TESOL Publications.

A frequent presenter at MITESOL and TESOL conventions, Soo Hyon is extremely honored to be attending TESOL 2012 in Philadelphia as this year’s Michigan Marckwardt Award recipient, and looks forward to continuing her involvement with the MITESOL and TESOL community through her academic and professional activities.

Baburhan Uzum - 2011

Baburhan Uzum received his BA and MA degrees in English Language Teaching from Middle East Technical University in Turkey.

He is currently a doctoral student in Second Language Studies at Michigan State University. Baburhan’s research interests include second language acquisition, language socialization, discourse analysis, sociocultural theories on learning, second language teacher education and interdisciplinary approaches to learning and teaching. He has taught several semesters in the Intensive English Program at MSU's English Language Center, and coauthored many projects on second language acquisition and teacher education.

His current research is on foreign language teachers' socialization into the American academic context. Thanks to the Markwardt award provided by MITESOL, Baburhan is able to attend TESOL 2011 in New Orleans to present his paper "Writing Conferencing: Corrective Feedback through Videos."
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