Sarah Walker

I was born and raised in Richland Center, Wisconsin. I attended Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota for 1.5 years, studying Spanish, Art, and Journalism/Communications. I now attend NMSU for Spanish and Linguistics. It is my goal to pursue a graduate/doctorate degree as well. In the future, I want to start off being a professor, but eventually I want to also start a non-profit in Latin America. Outside of school, I have an immense passion for weightlifting and I am both a competitor and USAW Level 1 certified coach. Beyond that, I have a great love of soccer, baseball, and art.


Project Description:

The purpose of my project is to identify and analyze the unique features and variations in the Spanish spoken here at the border. In order to achieve this, I will be studying a corpus of interviews collected from local speakers.



  • Project description, timeline, and milestones developed with mentor; on file with DSP
  • Complete half of project milestones
  • Complete project
  • Present scholarly work at URCAS
  • Attend a professional conference (without presenting)
  • Take the GRE
  • Apply for graduate or professional school

Completed benchmarks listed in italics


Sarah’s mentor: Kate Bove:

Dr. Kate Bove is an Assistant Professor of Spanish in the department of Languages and Linguistics. Originally from North Carolina, she received her PhD in Hispanic Linguistics from the University of Georgia. Her primary research interests are language contact, semantics, and bilingualism. Her research primarily focuses Yucatec-Spanish contact in Yucatán, Mexico. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, and salsa dancing.