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Alex Brito (B.A. French ’17) Wins Coveted Undergraduate Research Award!

Posted: September 26, 2017
Alex Brito (B.A. French ’17) Wins Coveted Undergraduate Research Award!

Alex Brito has received top honors in the Language & Linguistics category of the Undergraduate Awards, the world's largest international academic awards program, recognizing innovation and excellence at the undergraduate level. Alex is a Nashville native who graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2017. During her time here, she studied neuroscience, neurolinguistics, and French through the College Scholars Program under the mentorship of Dr. Harriet Bowden. As a first-year student, she began researching in the Language Acquisition and Cognition lab within Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures. Fascinated by the brain’s ability to acquire new languages, she collaborated on projects looking at how different language learning environments impact second language processing using electroencephalography. Her winning project, “Effects of Language Immersion versus Classroom Exposure on Advanced French Learners: An ERP Study,” explores the impact of two different learning environments – traditional classroom exposure and immersive learning through study abroad – to assess differences in brain processing between learners of French. Currently living in Durham, North Carolina, Alex is a Clinical Trials Specialist at Duke University’s Psychiatry Department. She plans to attend medical school next year in hopes of becoming a neurologist.

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