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Announcing TIRF's 2016 DDG Awardees

     Fifteen years ago, TIRF awarded its first Doctoral Dissertation Grant (DDG). A decade and a half later, the Foundation has seen its DDG program grow into what is quite possibly now its flagship activity. Over this period of time, TIRF has made DDG awards to 95 individuals from many countries, for example, Cambodia, Canada, China, England, Iran, France, Japan, Korea, Nepal, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Sudan, Taiwan, Turkey, the United States, and Vietnam. TIRF maintains a Google map, which will soon be updated, showing information about our grantees, their studies, and their hometowns. [continue reading]

TIRF Extends Alatis Prize Nomination Deadline 

     TIRF has extended the deadline for its Alatis Prize competition. The revised deadline is now set for September 30, 2016.
     To review the call for nominations and competition information, please click here. We would be very grateful if you could please share information about the competition and the revised deadline with your colleagues!

ETS Announces Jacqueline Ross TOEFL® Dissertation Award

     The TOEFL® Program at ETS is now accepting applications for its 2016 Jacqueline Ross TOEFL® Dissertation Award. The award recognizes doctoral dissertation research that makes a significant and original contribution to knowledge about second or foreign language tests and testing and/or the use and development of such tests and testing. The award consists of US $2,500 and round-trip economy airfare, paid expenses, and hotel accommodations for three nights at the Language Testing Research Colloquium, where the award is presented.
     The application deadline is September 16, 2016. Click here to learn more. 

TIRF's Resources for New Academic Semester 

     Whether you’re new to our newsletter or have been reading TIRF Today since 2010, we want to remind our readers about the helpful– and free – resources we maintain. As new academic semesters are just beginning in many parts of the world, please consider visiting the “Resources” section of our website.
     At the link provided just above, you and your colleagues can access a variety of useful information and links. In fact, one of our most frequented website sections is our “Reference List” page. There, you can find links to free, downloadable reference lists on more than 150 topics of interest in our field. We also provide ... [continue reading]

Chair's Report - Wishing on a Star  

     When I was a little girl, I believed that if I saw a falling star, I should make a wish. Popular songs of the time reinforced this belief – songs like “When You Wish Upon a Star” from the animated Disney film “Pinocchio,” and Perry Como’s “Catch a Falling Star.”

     Later, I learned that falling stars – also called “shooting stars” – aren’t really stars at all. According to the “Cool Cosmos” website, they are really meteors – small bits of rock that heat up tremendously as they fall through earth’s atmosphere. [continue reading]

TIRF Today is edited by Ryan Damerow, Chief Operating Officer, TIRF.
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