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How/Why Research? Since I took my first psychology course in high school, I knew I wanted to study psychology as a future career. I wanted to learn more about topics related to neuroscience and social psychology, so I joined Dr. Telzer’s Developmental Social Neuroscience Lab. I saw the opportunity in a psychology listserv and I applied through their website. While working as a research assistant I was interested in conducting my own independent project based on my research interests so I talked with the lab staff and I applied to the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship. With the help of my mentor, I successfully completed the fellowship. I then joined Dr. Steven Buzinski’s lab to conduct research through an independent research course.

Research Experience: I have experience researching topics related to ethnic identity, peer group norms, risk behaviors, and prosocial behaviors. Benefits of my research may inform youth risk prevention programs to integrate culturally appropriate strategies and improve techniques to increase prosocial behaviors in adolescents.

Student Organizations/Clubs: Psychology Club, Minority Advising Peer Program, and Honors Ambassador Program.

Random Fun Fact: I love to paint and draw.