||As a recent graduate of Rutgers University it may be no surprise that I am very interested in Optimality Theory (I put UCLA for affiliation because I am starting the PhD program in Linguistics there in the fall). I have also been particularly interested in issues such as reduplication and metrics in phonology. I am always looking for new ways to diversify my knowledge and for new areas to research, especially as an incoming grad student who will need to, in the near future, prepare QPs and eventually a dissertation topic. I would like to come to the egg to help prepare myself for graduate studies and to get a more diverse and international perspective on linguistics and on OT; also because it sounds like a really good way to meet other linguistics students from Europe who could be potential future collaborators. Thank you for your consideration of my application!