Gift funds also help to support student research projects and travel. For example, undergraduate students Adam Breiner and Alex Reichel, at left, participated in an on-going cross-linguistic study of the acoustic properties of stress and focus. Languages examined in this study so far include Arabic, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish, and Vietnamese.
Gift funds also help to support graduate student travel. PhD students and MA students travel to important conferences to present the results of their research. These include such conferences as the Linguistic Society of America annual meeting, the annual meeting of the North East Linguistic Society, the Boston University Conference on Language Development, and the Society for the Neurobiology of Language. Students also travel to various locales to gather data, for instance to Guatemala to gather data on Mayan languages, or to Greece to record acoustic properties of spoken Greek.