LTRC 2012 34th Language Testing Research Colloquium – PRINCETON April 1 - 5, 2012

Social and Professional Events

ETS Campus and Operations Tour

Date: Monday, April 2, 2012, 1–5 p.m. — Filled
Location: Bus from hotel

This is a rare opportunity to visit Educational Testing Service (ETS) campuses, learn about the history and mission of the organization, and see its operational facilities. The tour is open to all LTRC attendees, but space is limited to the first 20 people to register for this event. Please note that participants will be required to sign a Nondisclosure Agreement form at the time of the tour. Transportation will be provided.

Newcomers Session

Date: Monday, April 2, 2012, 5:10–6:10 p.m.
Location: Cambridge

This session is designed to provide a welcoming introduction and informal orientation on the eve of the conference to anyone attending LTRC for the first time. Though aimed at newcomers, this session is open to all conference participants. The welcome team will include LTRC organizers and 'veterans': Lyle Bachman, Jim Purpura, Charles Stansfield and Lynda Taylor.

Summer Internship Opportunities

Date: Tuesday, April 3, 2012, Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Lexington-Cambridge

Representatives from a number of participating organizations will provide graduate students with information about internship programs at those organizations. Don't miss it if you're a graduate student considering applying for internships in the future! Lunch is free of cost to graduate students who RSVP by March 14, and will be provided during the event. We strongly encourage you to use the following link to RSVP at All requests for further information regarding this event should be directed to Rebecca Present-Thomas at Please type 'LTRC Summer Internship Session' in the subject line.

Researchers' Experiences in Academia and Government, Nonprofit, for-Profit Organizations

Date: Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 6–7 p.m.
Location: Columbus-Savannah

This event will feature an informal roundtable discussion with language testing researchers from a variety of organizations. The goal is to give graduate students a better sense of the work done by professionals in our field across a variety of institutional contexts, including academia, government, nonprofits and for-profit organizations. Please join us to learn more about what a researcher's life is really like in various organizations, and bring your questions!

Research Grants from Different Organizations

Date: Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 6:30–7:15 p.m.
Location: Columbus-Savannah

If you are a student or researcher looking for research funding opportunities in the field of language assessment, please join this event! This Q&A session will include a panel of representatives from various organizations offering insight into their research grants.