By Charleen Wilcox
It’s full-steam ahead for WomenLead alumna Myah Vogt!
Myah has been channeling the momentum she gained from her days as a student in Dr. Sarah Gershon’s section of WomenLead in Policy and Politics last fall to pursue new opportunities on campus and abroad—with great success.
“WomenLead created an unprecedented learning environment and community in which I couldn’t help but grow,” she explains.
An applied linguistics major in the Honors College, Myah used funds from a C200 Scholar Award she won in December through the WomenLead Program to travel to Munich, Germany during the Maymester to study at the International Youth Library in Blutenberg Castle. She was selected as one of six WomenLead students awarded scholarships worth $2,500 during a special on-campus reachout event last November with members of the Committee of 200, an international organization comprised of the world’s top female C-Suite executives, trailblazing entrepreneurs, and boardroom veterans.
“The C200 Reachout was one of my favorite WomenLead events,” she says. “I distinctly remember it being one of the first times I felt confident that I was supposed to be there, had something to offer, and yes, had a seat at the table. All of the WomenLead professors are so intentional in investing in us as students and the C200 Reachout was a great visual manifestation of that!”
Since returning from Germany, Myah has already begun her next endeavor: working as a member of the Human Language Technology team in the Multilingual Computing and Analytics Branch at the Army Research Laboratory headquarters in Washington, D.C. this summer. She’s helping build speech recognition and machine translation algorithms for Arabic and other languages, and working with statistical data related to language use to detect associated cognitive processes.
“This position allows me to leverage my strengths—using my lab experience and both languages I am pursuing—to serve my country in a new and interesting way,” she says. “I said in my WomenLead poster that I hoped to work for a government agency one day—and that dream is already coming true!”
She adds, “I have been doing some translation work that I really enjoy. I’m still learning the ropes, but it is amazing to be surrounded by so many people who love language as much as I do! Almost everyone is at least bilingual, so our water cooler talk is pretty interesting.”
When she returns to Georgia State in the fall, Myah will eagerly begin her third year working as a research assistant in the University’s Comparative Intelligence and Cognition Laboratory and Language Research Center, as well as begin planning for her Honors Thesis.
“Language has always brought me joy,” she shares. “I’m passionate about people and making meaningful connections that go deeper than just surface level. To me, there is no better way to show respect for a person than to be able to communicate with them in their language.”