HDR Excellence Awards

HDR Excellence Awards

Linguistics candidates shine at Faculty of Human Sciences HDR Excellence Awards 2017

During the full faculty meeting on 13 December 2017, the excellent work of HDR students in the faculty was recognised in the Faculty of Human Sciences HDR Excellence Awards. Three of the five awards went to HDR candidates from Linguistics: Ms Sijia Chen, Ms Sawson Aljahdali and Dr Pragati Rao Mandikal Vasuki.Congratulations!

Ms Sijia Chen

Topic: “Exploring the process of note taking and consecutive interpreting: A pen-eye-voice approach towards cognitive load”

Supervisor: Associate Professor Jan-Louis Kruger

Sijia Chen has produced four publications in peer-reviewed research activities, three as first author with a further two in preparation for her PhD. She has presented at five conferences including the 3rd International Conference on Cognitive Research on Translation and Interpreting and 11th China National Conference and International Forum on Interpreting. Sijia has been granted three scholarships, including the co-funded “China Scholarship Council and International Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship”. She has received two awards; one granted from Macquarie University’s 3MT, where she then competed in the Asia-Pacific 3MT competition. She completed as a finalist in the top 10.

Sijia Chen 

Ms Sijia Chen with Executive Dean Professor Simon Handley.

Ms Sawson Aljahdali

Topic: “A functional socio-semiotic reading of the paradox of literary demotion and popular promotion in translated bestsellers: Paulo Coelho’s O Alquimista as a case in English, Arabic and Turkish”

Supervisor: Associate Professor David Butt

Sawson Aljahdali’s is a distance candidate that is currently undertaking her PhD, while also lecturing in Linguistics in Saudi Arabia. She has already published 2 articles as sole author for the Journal of World Languages and Indonesian Journal of Applied Linguistics and has presented her work at 3 national and international conferences, with impressive reviews of her academic analyses of her research field.

Dr Pragati Rao Mandikal Vasuki

Topic: “Statistical learning and auditory processing in adults and children with music training: a behavioural and ERP study”

Supervisor: Associate Professor Mridula Sharma

Dr Pragati Mandikal Vasuki  has seven publications and one under review  - six of these as first author. She has published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Hearing Research, Clinical Neurophysiology, Ear and Hearing, and International Journal of Audiology.Pragati also has ten media pieces, including one in the Herald Sun, and one radio interview with ABC Melbourne.

She has presented at 13 peer-reviewed conferences and been invited to 6 colloquiums. During her HDR candidature she has received four prizes, including 1st prize at the Linguistics HDR conference, 1st for the People’s Choice award for Linguistics 3MT competition and the People’s Choice award for FoHS 3MT competition.


Associate Professor Mridula Sharma with Executive Dean Professor Simon Handley, receiving Pragati’s award on her behalf.

Content owner: Department of Linguistics Last updated: 18 Mar 2020 9:02am

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