Undergraduate Research Program

Lindsay Hippe

Major:Linguistics and Speech & Hearing Sciences
Mentor:Naja Ferjan Ramírez (Department of Linguistics)


Current research project: Sibs and Bibs – Older siblings and infant vocabulary development


Lindsay is a junior in Linguistics and Speech & Hearing Sciences at the University of Washington. Growing up with four younger siblings, she has always been fascinated by early childhood development. She became interested in language acquisition, in particular, through her work in the Language Development and Processing Lab directed by Dr. Naja Ferjan Ramírez. These two experiences led to the development of her research project, Sibs and Bibs, for which she received the Mary Gates Research Scholarship. She hopes to one day work as a speech-language pathologist with a specialization in early intervention.


Translate your work so that we can all understand its importance
The ability to communicate with others is a crucial component of succeeding throughout life. Thus, one’s linguistic environment must be conducive to their language acquisition process. To improve language outcomes, we must understand how differences in the linguistic environment affect language acquisition. Sibling presence is an example of a factor that may differ between varying environments.



When, how, and why did you get involved in undergraduate research?
I became involved in undergraduate research my sophomore year. I took an introductory linguistics course and loved it so much that I reached out to the professor via email. She offered me the opportunity to work in her lab for 499 credit, which I took gladly.


What advice would you give a student who is considering getting involved in undergraduate research?
I would advise a student who is considering undergraduate research involvement to be persistent and stay confident. Contacting a professor, especially as a new undergraduate, can be intimidating, but they are often quite happy to hear from students that have an interest in and desire to do research. Also, a rejection will likely happen but has nothing to do with one’s value as a student or person.