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Student Research Opportunities

I’m seeking interns/independent study (1-4 credits) students for three specific yet interrelated projects. Please Contact me directly at or the graduate students listed for each project if you are interested. I have office hours on Wednesdays from 1-3 in Blow 236 and after all WMSURE events if you are interested in finding out more!

Details about each project follow.


Prof. Anne H. Charity Hudley

Associate Professor of Education, English, and Linguistics

William and Mary Professor of Community Studies

Co-Director, William & Mary Scholars Undergraduate Research Experience (WMSURE)


Opportunity #1: College to Career Research Assistants

When author Toni Morrison gave a Nobel Lecture after accepting a Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993, she chose to focus on how language is essential to humanity. “We die. That may be the meaning of life,” Morrison said. “But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives” (“Nobel lecture,” para 21).

Building on Morrison’s themes, the College to Career Research Initiatives gathers and creates specific strategies and models for the greater integration and application of language variation-related concepts, skills, and strategies in the secondary English classroom. The project draws on and extends the generalized concepts of Prof. Charity Hudley and Prof. Christine Mallinson’s first book, Understanding English Language Variation in U.S. Schools and their second book, We Do Language: English Language Variation in Secondary English Classrooms, by presenting even further contextualization for the need to integrate linguistically-informed pedagogy into secondary English classrooms. The true strength of the project are the vignettes and materials that in-service secondary English educators have developed and shared with us through interviews, focus groups, and other correspondence; these vignettes and materials will directly attest to the value of infusing language variation into secondary English classrooms.

Interns will help gather and organize material from English Educators and participate in workshops with educators in conjunction with the SURN College to Career project:

Graduate Students: Hannah Franz,, and Kerri Mahoney, Kerri Mahoney, doctoral students in curriculum and instruction (Secondary English) at the WM School of Education


Opportunity #2: NSF Collaborative Research: Assessing the Results of Sociolinguistic Engagement with K-12 STEM Education in Maryland and Virginia Public and Independent Schools

Prof. Anne Charity Hudley (WM) and Prof. Christine Mallinson (UMBC), have been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study how cultural and social language patterns affect learning and student assessment in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) classrooms.

Charity Hudley and Mallinson will receive $171,928 over a three-year period to work with 60 K-12 educators in Baltimore, Hampton Roads and Richmond. We will assess educators’ knowledge of and their responses to language variation, particularly among African-American students. The two researchers will also work with participants to create linguistically informed materials for classroom use.

NSF award notice:

Interns will help gather and organize material from STEM Educators and participate in workshops with educators. We will also work with STEM students this summer in conjunction with The Center for Gifted Education.

Graduate Students: Hannah Franz,

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