Santa Barbara Sneak Peek May 20-21, 2014

Department of Linguistics
University of California, Santa Barbara
May 20-21, 2014
Eligible students are invited to apply to attend Santa Barbara Sneak Peek, a special event of the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara that is intended to identify and foster excellent potential graduate applicants from diverse backgrounds. Santa Barbara Sneak Peek will be held May 20-21, 2014 at UCSB.
The University of California recognizes the variety of personal experiences, values and worldviews that arise from differences of culture and circumstance. Such diversity in the UC student body is integral to the University’s achievement of excellence. Santa Barbara Sneak Peek is aimed at graduate students from nontraditional educational backgrounds who bring an understanding of the experiences of groups historically underrepresented in higher education. We encourage applications from individuals who meet the eligibility criteria and represent cultural, linguistic, geographic, and socioeconomic backgrounds not adequately represented in the graduate student population. 
Participants in Santa Barbara Sneak Peek will:
  • Learn about academic and research opportunities in linguistics at UCSB
  • Meet with faculty and graduate students with shared research interests
  • Hear from current linguistics graduate students about the graduate program, the university, and the community of Santa Barbara
  • Receive hands-on mentoring in how to create a strong graduate school application
U.S. domestic air/ground transportation and accommodations of applicants selected for participation will be paid for by UCSB.
  • Current or completed B.A. or M.A. in Linguistics or a closely related field
  • Planned application to UCSB’s graduate program in Linguistics in Fall 2014 (for admission for the 2015-16 academic year)
  • Research focus relevant to UCSB’s discourse-functional perspective on language and faculty research interests
  • Ability to contribute to the diversity of UCSB’s graduate community through research and/or life experience
  • The application process is open to all eligible students. Students from ethnoracial and socioeconomic groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants are encouraged to present biographical material describing relevant experiences, activities, research and service, rather than simply group identification. 
Selection for Santa Barbara Sneak Peek is not a guarantee of admission to UCSB.  Participants who apply to the graduate program will be evaluated according to the same criteria as all other applicants. 
Applications are due via email to, by Monday, March 24, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. All materials must be in PDF format. Applications must include the following:
  • A 1- to 2-page single-spaced statement of purpose indicating: (1) the student’s research interests, academic background, and experience, (2) the reason for the student’s interest in UCSB and plans for graduate study; (3) the contributions that the student can make to diversity at UCSB through research and/or life experience. 
  • College/university transcript(s) (an unofficial electronic version is acceptable)
  • Curriculum vitae or résumé
  • Letter of recommendation from a faculty member in Linguistics or closely related field, stating (1) the student’s academic qualifications for seeking to pursue graduate study in Linguistics at UCSB; (2) the contributions that the student can make to diversity at UCSB through research and/or life experience; (3) how the student will benefit from participation in Santa Barbara Sneak Peek.  The letter must be sent directly from the letter writer to the email address above.
Applicants will be notified by no later than Monday, April 7, 2014.
The UCSB Department of Linguistics is committed to seeking discourse-based and typologically informed functional explanations for linguistic structure, use, and change. Faculty and graduate students use a wide range of empirical methods to examine the diversity of the world’s languages. At the master’s level, students receive broad training in UCSB’s distinctive approach to linguistics through coursework in all subfields. At the doctoral level, students focus on one or more areas of specialization: linguistic structure, cognitive linguistics, corpus linguistics, and sociocultural linguistics. Students may also pursue interdisciplinary Ph.D. emphases to enhance their linguistics degree. 
For questions about UCSB’s graduate program in linguistics, the Santa Barbara Sneak Peek event, or the application process, contact Mary Bucholtz, Graduate Advisor, or Alicia Holm, Graduate Program Assistant, at
Support for Santa Barbara Sneak Peek is provided by UCSB’s Department of Linguistics, Graduate Division, the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor, and the Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Academic Policy.
The University of California does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, disability, age, medical condition (cancer?related), ancestry, marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation, or status as a Vietnam?era veteran or special disabled veteran.