Tuesdays, 2:30–3:20 PM
GUG 415L and SAV 264
Naomi Tachikawa Shapiro
Office hours
Tuesdays, 1:00–2:00 PM, at rotating locations
Thursdays, 1:00–2:00 PM, on Zoom
And by appointment

Seminar description

Welcome to UW Linguistics! LING 599B is a new proseminar series, designed to help ground your PhD experience and connect you with fellow PhD students and faculty in the department. Over the next three quarters, we will focus on professional development, mental health, and ethical and inclusive research practices. While we will touch upon all of these themes throughout the year, each quarter will center on particular topics:

The proseminar will feature many guest speakers and panel discussions throughout the year to help expose you to multiple perspectives and opportunities. We will also hold "workshop" days, where you will have the option to get feedback on relevant written pieces, such as application statements.

This autumn, on the days when we have guest speakers and panel discussions, we will meet in the spacious Savery 264 (unless otherwise specified). On all other days, we will meet in Guggenheim 415L, the Linguistics Conference Room.


The assignments for this proseminar will be lightweight. They will consist of short brainstorms, optional workshop pieces, the occasional reading, and other small activities. With the exception of the workshop pieces, please expect to spend around an hour each week on assignments. We will use Canvas for all assignment submissions and online discussions.


Since LING 599B is purely meant to be a resource for you, everyone will automatically receive full credit. With that said, you will get as much out of the proseminar as you put into it. In turn, I promise to always be engaged during our time together and to provide thorough feedback on deliverables, such as workshop pieces.

Continuous feedback

Is there a topic, skill, or reading you would like to see featured? What about the proseminar is working or not working for you? Please let me know! To improve our time together, I have created a Google Form (accessible via Canvas) to collect anonymous feedback and requests. You may fill out this form as many times as you like. While you must sign in with your UW NetID to supply feedback, your responses are 100% anonymous.

Office hours

I welcome you to use my office hours to discuss the proseminar, UW Linguistics, research, academia, mental health, life—anything. I will hold a mixture of in-person and virtual office hours this quarter:

If, at any point, you would prefer to meet with me outside of my usual office hours, please do reach out to set up an appointment.

Course (and department) culture

UW Linguistics is continually evolving and endeavoring to create a more inclusive and equitable world, both in terms of our own department culture and how we as researchers engage with society. Exemplifying this pursuit, LING 599B grew out of the department's anti-racism statement, which was issued in June 2020 in support of the protests against the longstanding harms perpetuated against the Black and greater BIPOC communities.

In this spirit, it is important that we not only discuss and adopt inclusive research practices, but that we also embody inclusivity in our day-to-day interactions. With this goal in mind, please be respectful and supportive of your fellow PhD students and department members. Listening to one another and building on each other's contributions will help us establish a safe, empowering, and intellectually and socially engaged community, one that promotes equity in linguistics and beyond.

In terms of LING 599B specifically, I embrace and affirm students of all ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, ethnic and religious backgrounds, sexual and gender identities, sexual orientations, and of all abilities in this class. I want this proseminar to be a positive experience for everyone. It is thus my own personal policy, as well as UW policy, to create an inclusive and accessible learning environment.

Below are the university’s statements regarding accessibility and accommodations. I also invite you to share with me any needs you might have that are undocumented or circumstances you are facing that are not covered by these policies. I am here to support you to the best of my ability.

  1. Access and accommodations: Your experience in this class is important to me. It is the policy and practice of the University of Washington to create inclusive and accessible learning environments consistent with federal and state law. If you have already established accommodations with Disability Resources for Students (DRS), please activate your accommodations via my DRS so we can discuss how they will be implemented in this course.

    If you have not yet established services through DRS, but have a temporary health condition or permanent disability that requires accommodations (conditions include but not limited to; mental health, attention-related, learning, vision, hearing, physical or health impacts), contact DRS directly to set up an Access Plan. DRS facilitates the interactive process that establishes reasonable accommodations. Contact DRS at disability.uw.edu.

  2. Religious accommodations: Washington state law requires that UW develop a policy for accommodation of student absences or significant hardship due to reasons of faith or conscience, or for organized religious activities. The UW’s policy, including more information about how to request an accommodation, is available at Religious Accommodations Policy. Accommodations must be requested within the first two weeks of this course using the Religious Accommodations Request form.

Land acknowledgement

Adapted from the UW land acknowledgement: I respectfully acknowledge the Coast Salish peoples of this land, the land that touches the shared waters of all tribes and bands within the Suquamish, Tulalip, and Muckleshoot nations.


Date Topic Location Tuesday OH
Oct 5 Introduction
GUG 415L Microsoft Café (CSE2)
Oct 12 Searching for external funding opportunities
[slides (outdated as of Nov 19)] [GFIS] [GFIS Research Guide] [GFIS Blog] [599B funding page]
GUG 415L Evolutionary Grounds (LSB)
Oct 19 Graduate School Office of Fellowships & Awards
Guest speaker: Robyn Davis, Assistant Director
[UW Graduate School list of fellowships] [fellowships timeline]
SAV 264 Zoom Parnassus (ART) Zoom
Oct 26 Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship
Guest speaker: Dana O'Leary, Jackson School Fellowship Manager
[slides] [FLAS Fellowship]
Zoom Mary Gates Hall Espresso + Commons (MGH)
Assignment: 11/2 panel questions due Oct 28
Nov 2 Faculty panel: Lifecycle of a research project
Panelists: Emily M. Bender, Gina-Anne Levow, Qi Cheng, Richard Wright, Shane Steinert-Threlkeld, & Sharon Hargus
SAV 264 Orin's Place (PCAR)
Assignment: 11/9 panel questions due Nov 4
Nov 9 Student panel: Applying for external funding
Panelists: Agatha Downey, Angie McMillan-Major, Emily Ahn, & Tsudoi Wada
SAV 264 Parnassus (ART)
Assignment: "External funding application" due Nov 11
Nov 16 Workshop: Funding applications
*Please read the workshop items beforehand!
[slides] [writing tips worksheet]
GUG 415L Study Room 333 (SUZ)
Assignment: "IRB 101" due Nov 18
Nov 23 Human Subjects Division (HSD)
Guest speaker: Galen Basse, Team Operations Lead
[slides] [HSD] [IRB 101 tutorial]
Zoom Zoom
Nov 30 UW Libraries
Guest speaker: Dan Mandeville, Linguistics Librarian
[slides] [Ling Research Guide] [CompLing Research Guide] [Researcher Tutorial] [Graduate Student Research Institute] [Research Commons] [Open Scholarship Commons] [borrowing privileges]
SAV 264 Zoom Starbucks (SUZ) Zoom
Assignment: 12/7 panel questions due Dec 2
Dec 7 Student panel: What I wish I knew when I started graduate school
Panelists: Angie McMillan-Major, Ben Jones, Ella Deaton, Emily Ahn, & Sara Ng
SAV 264 Orin's Place (PCAR)

Resources  *This is a growing list 🌱