How to Support the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO)
Mailing a Check
Make checks payable to:
Mail to: North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad
Donors should note in the memo area of their check or in a short note that the contribution is for NACLO.
Please follow this link to NACLO's giving page at Carnegie Mellon University, which is connected to the NACLO account. On page 2 the preferred designation "Naclo Olympiad" should fill-in automatically.
What Your Donations Help Support
Thank you for choosing to donate to NACLO. Your contributions will be used for the following activities.
Your donations will not be used for the following "wish-list" expenses unless you specify that you would like them to be used in this way.
What is the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO)?
The North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad was started in 2006 and has organized an annual linguistics competition every year since. Hundreds of students throughout the United States and Canada compete every year. The students with the highest scores on the exams are selected to represent the United States and Canada in the International Linguistics Olympiad (IOL), which has been held in places such as St. Petersburg, Russia, Stockholm, Sweden, and Beijing, China. In recent years, as many as three teams (one Canadian and two American) have been sent representing NACLO. Donations will help pay part of the expenses for these high school students to travel to the IOL.
The Impact of NACLO
The broader impacts of NACLO are (1) to increase diversity in the fields of linguistics, computational linguistics, language technologies, and computer science (2) to meet workforce needs by increasing the number of students getting degrees in those subjects, and (3) to improve high school and undergraduate education. The broader impact of this supplement is to train eight students and one high school teacher in linguistics, with the expectation that they will spread the knowledge through clubs and other activities.
The Intellectual Merit of NACLO
Currently, linguistics, computational linguistics, and language technologies are taught primarily at the graduate level and to some extent at the undergraduate level. There has been no systematic study of foundational skills that can be introduced before college and can prepare students for college and graduate level courses. The intellectual merit of NACLO is to identify those foundational skills and work them into a curriculum of training exercises and contest problems.
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