SMEA Student awarded FLAS Fellowship

Congratulations to Lindsey Popken, 1 of 10 UW graduate students who were awarded FLAS Fellowships to study French, Nuu-chah-nulth and Tsek’ene in 2020-21. These 10 students represent UW’s School of Law, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, School of Public Health, Department of Linguistics, and the Applied Masters in International Studies in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies.

Lindsey is interested in sea otter conservation and is developing a project with the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council in British Columbia (B.C.) that she hopes will help shape relations between the Tribal Council and Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans. She will study Nuu-chah-nulth viz Zoom with Adam Werle, a linguist from Port Alberni, B.C.

The Canadian Studies Center is a recipient of a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships program grant (2018–2022) from the International and Foreign Language Education office, Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education. The grant provides academic year and summer awards for graduate student training in French or Indigenous languages, and Canadian studies. The Center is proud to be the first and only Center in the nation to award FLAS Fellowships in Inuktitut, Tsek’ene, Lushootseed, Nuu-chah-nulth, Dane-zaa, Musqueam Salish, Tlingit, and Anishinaabemowin.

Meet the Canadian Studies Center’s 2020-21 FLAS Fellows here and read about their dedication to language acquisition and research.