GRADUATE STUDENT AWARDS

MwALT sponsors two awards that are given out annually at the fall MwALT conference.

(1) MwALT Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Language Assessment Research Award

This MwALT award has been given out since 2009. The award is to recognize research that has been carried out by a graduate student in a master’s or doctoral program. Students are encouraged to submit papers that investigate any area of language assessment that involve quantitative and/or qualitative analysis, such as data-driven empirical work or conceptual work (e.g., a literature review, meta analysis, etc.). Projects may address world languages, less-commonly-taught foreign languages, or English as a second or foreign language. The project may have been carried out in the context of a graduate-level course or may be from an original independent project conducted for academic credit (e.g., a course project, a qualifying research paper, a dissertation pilot study). The project must be in final form as a written paper at the time of submission. Research projects not eligible for this award are doctoral dissertations, projects directed by faculty, or papers co-authored with faculty. Submissions for the 2022 award are due to Dr. Alicia Kim, MwALT Member at Large, at alicia.kim@wisc.edu, by 11:55 PM, U.S. Central Time Zone, on May 27, 2022, and the award will be given out at this year (2022) at the combined MwALT/ECOLT/LARC conference. See the call for papers on the “Best Student Paper” award and the rubric below for more information.

Award recipients:

2021: J. Dylan Burton, from Michigan State University, for the paper “Eye behavior in online L2 speaking tests”

2020: Haeun Kim, from Iowa State University, for the paper “The effect of dialogues on the task complexity of narrative writing tasks”

2019: Jorge Luis Beltrán Zúñiga, from Teachers College, Columbia University, for the paper “Assessing the dependability of a scenario-based test of spoken argumentation and the impact of choice on performance”

2018: Yuna Seong, from Teachers College, Columbia University, for the paper “Examining the cognitive dimension of L2 academic speaking ability through a scenario-based assessment approach: A pilot study”

2017: Heidi Liu Banerjee, from Teachers College, Columbia University, for the paper “Investigating the Construct of Topical Knowledge in Second Language Assessment: A Scenario-Based Assessment Approach”

2016: Saerhim Oh, from Teachers College, Columbia University, for the paper “Investigating L2 Learners’ Use of Linguistic Tools in an Online Writing Test”

2015: No award given.

2014: Meghan Odsliv Bratkovich, from Teachers College, Columbia University, for the paper “Assessment and Feedback: Examining the Relationship between Self-assessment and Blind Peer- and Teacher Assessment in TOEFL Writing”

2013: Ya Mo, from Michigan State University, for the paper “The effect of writing prompts on limited English proficiency (LEP) students in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).”

2012: Chih-Kai (Cary) Lin, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, for the paper “Reliability of Reviewer Judgments about Language Performance Indicators: How Many Reviewers?”

2011: Yujie Jia, from the University of California, Los Angeles, for the paper “Justifying Score-based Interpretations from a Second Language Oral Test: Multi-group Confirmatory Factor Analysis”

2010: Ian Blood and Fred Tsutagawa, from Columbia University Teacher’s College, for their paper “A Grammar and Writing Achievement Test: Assessing Intermediate Students in the Community English Program”

(2) MwALT Best Student Presentation Award at the Annual Conference Presentation Award

This Best Student Paper Presentation Award has been given at the annual meeting each year since 2001. If you have information on who has won this award in the past, please email that information to winke@msu.edu. We’d like to record the winners here. At the annual conference, a team of language testing professionals, usually compiled by the Member-at-Large, will evaluate student presentations for the MwALT Best Student Presentation Award. Any students presenting a paper based on their own work (a student solo or a students as co-authors) are eligible for the award. The Member-at-Large will work with the hosting institution to identify student-only paper presentations. At the conference, the team will use a rating rubric to assess the students’ presentations. The award is given out at the awards ceremony at the close of the conference.

— Rubric for MwALT Best Student Presentation [HERE].

Award recipients:

2021: Ping-Lin Chuang, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, for the paper presentation “Argument structure and quality as validity evidence for integrated writing assessment”

2020: No award was given in 2020 as the conference was on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

2019: Shi Chen, from Northern Arizona University, for the paper presentation “Developing an L2 pragmatic speaking test using conversation analysis findings”

2018: Hyunji (Haley) Park, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, for the paper presentation “How does rater performance change over the course of rater training? Insights gained from Many-facet Rasch Modeling in second language writing assessment”

2017: Daniel Isbell, from Michigan State University, for the paper presentation “Measuring C2-level writing ability: Rater and examinee age effects”

2016: Ha Ram Kim, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, for the paper presentation “Towards a Profile-Based Rating Scale for Post-Admission Writing Placement Tests”

2015: Stephen O’Connell , from the University of Maryland, for the paper presentation “Ontological Realism as a Validity Criterion for the Assessment of Strategic Competence”

2014: Sarah Goodwin, from Georgia State University, for the paper presentation “A Multi-Facet Rasch Analysis Comparing Essay Rater Behavior on a Test Used for Two Purposes”

2014: Linxiao Wang, from Northern Arizona University, for the paper presentation “L2 Learners’ Use of Interaction Features in Different Paired Speaking Tasks”

2013: Xun (Sean) Yan, from Purdue University, for the paper presentation “A Mixed Approach to Examining Rater Performance on a Local Oral English Proficiency Test”

2012: Stéphanie Gaillard, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, for the paper presentation “Elicited Imitation Task as a Method for Proficiency Assessment in Institutional and Research Settings”

2011: Aurore Mroz, from the University of Iowa, for the paper presentation “Assessment & the nature of L2 Negotiation of Meaning in a problem-based Virtual Learning Environment”

2008: Erik Voss, from Iowa State University, for the paper presentation “Measuring Knowledge of Lexical Collocations: Comparing Item Types on Web-Based Tests”