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Michigan Albert H. Marckwardt Award

The Michigan Albert H. Marckwardt Travel Grant


To support Michigan graduate student attendance at the annual TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo.  MITESOL offers a Michigan Albert H. Marckwardt Travel Grant to one graduate student member who applied for but was not awarded a TESOL International Albert H. Marckwardt Travel Grant.


The equivalent of the conference pre-registration fee for a student member.



To apply, you must:

●  be currently-enrolled as a student in a TESOL/Applied Linguistics/SLA (or related) graduate degree program in Michigan;

●  be a current member of both TESOL International and MITESOL;

  submit a complete application for the Albert H. Marckwardt Travel Grant to TESOL International (by their deadline, which is October 1, 2022).

●  receive rejection letter in response to your application for a TESOL Marckwardt Grant

Applicants are evaluated according to TESOL International’s Marckwardt Travel Grant criteria, which include: your scholarship, personal attributes, financial need, and involvement in and commitment to the profession (e.g. presenting and volunteering at MITESOL’s conference; serving on the board, etc.).

To Apply
Submit a copy of your TESOL International Marckwardt Travel Grant application, excluding the letter of recommendation. Applications must include the following:

●  Your statement of 1,000 words or fewer addressing your ESL/EFL teaching experience; involvement in ESL/EFL organizations; career plans after you graduate; and financial situation.

●  An unofficial copy of your graduate transcript

●  A cover letter stating your membership in and service to MITESOL

●  A copy of the rejection letter you received from TESOL International’s Marckwardt Travel Grant committee (this can be added to your application materials later).

Email your materials (as pdf file attachment/s) to:


All materials for the MITESOL Marckwardt Grant must be postmarked/emailed by February 1, 2023. NO GRANTS AVAILABLE DUE TO TESOL CANCELING THEIR 2023 MARCHWARDT APPLICATION.

Contact the Past President at

You can also download a PDF of these instructions here.


Michigan Marckwardt Awardees



Deniz Toker - 2019

Deniz will graduate with his M.A. in TESOL from Western Michigan University this April 2019. Prior to that, he earned a B.S. in English Linguistics from Hacettepe University in Turkey and obtained CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) three years ago. He taught English as a foreign language at various institutions in Turkey for seven years. In addition to that, he worked as a Cambridge speaking examiner for a year. Thanks to the graduate assistantship granted by Western Michigan University, he has had the chance to teach English as a second language in the United States. He has been working with refugees and immigrants in Kalamazoo for almost two years now.

After he presented "Why and How Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT)?" at MITESOL 2018 conference, he will be giving teaching tips about the same topic at the 2019 International TESOL Convention. His main research interest lies in the significance of culture in teaching and learning, thereby promoting more inclusive classrooms and diverse teaching practices. Musser - 2018

Jennifer graduated with her M.A. in TESOL from Eastern Michigan University in April 2018. Before her time at EMU, she earned a B.S. in Journalism from Ohio University and went on to teach EFL in Japan for about seven years. Since beginning EMU TESOL's program, however, she has taken an interest in adult education and refugee concerns. Jennifer now works at the nonprofit Washtenaw Literacy and is an active volunteer with the Syrian American Rescue Network. Her teaching and research interests include strategies for community engagement and the cultivation of learners' multiple identities.

With this being her second opportunity to present at TESOL International, Jennifer was honored to have been selected as a Michigan Marckwardt Award recipient. MITESOL's support enabled her to attend the 2018 Master’s Student Forum at TESOL International in Chicago, IL, where she presented "Fostering Adult English Learners’ Engagement with their Community," an in-depth look into her course curriculum and learner outcomes from her TESOL practicum.

Tiffany Johnson - 2017

Tiffany graduated with an M.A. in TESOL from Eastern Michigan University, where she worked as a graduate assistant in the Holman Success Center, assisting freshman transitioning to university. She earned her B.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL. She is interested in learner autonomy and cultural reading practices.

Tiffany is thankful for MITESOL’s support of graduate students through the Michigan Marckwardt Award. It allowed her to attend the 2017 Master’s Student Forum at TESOL International in Seattle, WA. She presented her M.A. Thesis Research, "Fostering Learner Autonomy in Community-Based ESL programs.

Laura Eickhoff - 2016

Laura Eickhoff is a graduate from the MA TESOL program at Michigan State University. She attended Central Michigan University where she got a BS in History and English Language and Literature,and has recently completed a Delta Diploma through Cambridge English and her current employer. She is interested in research relating to descriptive grammar instruction, collaborative teaching, and critical thinking in academic writing ,and has been a contributing author to textbook projects and an online grammar newsletter. She has taught English as a second language at MSU, as well as in Hong Kong and Mainland China. Laura is currently teaching in the Faculty of Academic English at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey.

Laura is especially thankful for the Marckwardt Travel Grant from MITESOL as it was an opportunity to present her master's thesis research, "ESL and EFL Perceptions of Grammar Instruction." It was also thanks to the TESOL Job Marketplace at the conference that she interviewed for and received her current job.

Jennifer Brooke - 2015

Jennifer Brooke is a first-year MATESOL student at Michigan State University, where she serves as a teaching assistant in the English Language Center. She earned her B.A. in Linguistics and Music from the University of Iowa. She is interested in second language writing, and has also done research in the areas of vocabulary acquisition, interaction in SLA, and speech acts.

She is honored to be the recipient of the Michigan Marckwardt Award, which will enable her to attend and present at the 2015 Master’s Student Forum at TESOL International in Toronto, Canada. She is looking forward to continuing her program at Michigan State, as well as future opportunities to be involved in MITESOL and TESOL International.

Trisha Dowling - 2014

Trisha Dowling is an MATESOL student at Eastern Michigan University, where she works as a graduate assistant in the International Student Resource Center. She earned her B.A. in Spanish and English from Saginaw Valley State University. She is interested in service learning and sociological issues related to language learning.

Trisha is a proud recipient of the Michigan Marckwardt Award. She and her colleagues presented their primary research at TESOL 2014 in Portland, "What’s in a name? Sociolinguistic Implications of ELL Naming Practices."

Soo Hyon Kim - 2012

Soo Hyon Kim is a PhD student in Second Language Studies at Michigan State University, where she serves as a graduate teaching and research assistant. She is currently conducting her dissertation research on second language (L2) writers’ metacognitive knowledge.

Her main research interests are issues at the intersection of Second Language Acquisition and L2 writing, English for Academic Purposes, L2 writers in the writing center, and TESOL teacher education. Examples of her work in these areas can be found in TESOL Quarterly, the ELT Journal, Studies in Second Language Acquisition (SSLA), the TESOL SLW and CALL Intersection Newsletter, and NCTE and TESOL Publications.

Baburhan Uzum - 2011

Baburhan Uzum received his BA and MA degrees in English Language Teaching from Middle East Technical University in Turkey.

He is currently a doctoral student in Second Language Studies at Michigan State University. Baburhan’s research interests include second language acquisition, language socialization, discourse analysis, sociocultural theories on learning, second language teacher education and interdisciplinary approaches to learning and teaching. He has taught several semesters in the Intensive English Program at MSU's English Language Center, and coauthored many projects on second language acquisition and teacher education.

His current research is on foreign language teachers' socialization into the American academic context. Thanks to the Markwardt award provided by MITESOL, Baburhan is able to attend TESOL 2011 in New Orleans to present his paper "Writing Conferencing: Corrective Feedback through Videos."