Undergraduate Research Assistants

Gabriela Vargas

Hello, my name is Gabriela Vargas and I am a third year Applied Linguistics major and Education minor. I’m interested in phonology and pragmatics. I want to learn more about the intersectionality of linguistics and education and how these impact student’s academic success. After graduation, I will pursue my Master’s in Speech, Language, and Learning, & work as a Speech Language Pathologist. In my free time I like to binge watch Netflix shows.

Helena Cabrera

Hello! My name is Helena Cabrera and I am a fourth year Psychology major. After graduation, I plan on attending medical school and becoming a pediatrician! My fascination with language acquisition started here at UCLA while taking the course language development. In my free time, I love to go on hikes, visit new coffee shops/restaurants, and attend music festivals.



Genesis Chavarria

My name is Genesis Chavarria and I am currently a senior undergraduate student at UCLA majoring in Psychology with a minor in Education Studies. After graduation, I intend to apply to graudate programs in developmental psychology in hopes of attaining my Ph.D. and conducting more research in respects to language and cognitive development. I love working with kids, which is why outside of the lab, I am a student teaching assistant at one of UCLA’s child care centers. In my free time, I love sleeping, reading, and binge-watching TV shows!



Alyson Jimenez

Hello, my name is Alyson Jimenez. I am a senior undergraduate majoring in Linguistics and Philosophy with a specialization in Computing and minoring in Cognitive Science. I am interested in second language acquisition, child language development, and natural language processing. I hope to pursue a career as a computer linguist or to work in something that involves working with how languages are taught to children in school. In my free time, I love to go hiking, running, and solving crossword puzzles.



Rita Manukyan

My name is Rita Manukyan. I am a second-year undergraduate student at UCLA, majoring in Psychology. I love working with children, and I am interested in Speech Pathology and Child Psychology. I also hope to teach psychology courses at a university level. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, playing chess, visiting botanical gardens, and spending quality time with family.





Serena Poon

Hi! My name is Serena Poon and I’m a senior undergraduate here at UCLA studying Psychology. I love working with children and am interested in Psychology so when I began taking classes related to developmental psychology, I realized that I found a mix of both my interests. I’m studying to become a teacher in the immediate future, but I’m also interested in seeing where research in child development can take in the future. In my free time, I enjoy reading, dancing and knitting.






Jacqueline Fuentes

Hello! My name is Jacqueline Fuentes and I am a second year Psychobiology major with a minor in Film, Television, and Digital Media. I have several interests including language acquisition. My interest in language acquisition increased when I took a Linguistics class here at UCLA. I also love working with children which is why my ultimate goal is to attend medical school and become a pediatrician! In my free time, I love to run, swim, paint, read, and watch movies and TV shows!






Natalie Andersen

Hi! My name is Natalie and I am a third year cognitive science major. My love for working with children started a couple summers ago as a camp counselor. I hope one day to integrate all the fun I had playing games and singing songs into my academic studies and in graduate school. In my free time I enjoy working out whether that be swimming, running or SoulCycle. As well as watching the Houston Rockets win.







Alyssa Arbolante

Hola! My name is Alyssa Arbolante- fourth year Linguistics and Spanish major, Global Health minor. I am also pre-med, dreaming to one day go to medical school upon graduating from UCLA. In the field of linguistics, my research interests include second language acquisition, Spanish phonology and phonetics. In my free time, I like learning or exploring new languages, hiking, and jamming with my guitar!




Ashley Ghosian

Hi! My name is Ashley Ghodsian, and I’m a second-year Linguistics and Computer Science major, hoping to also add a Spanish minor. My passion for Linguistics began in high school when I took my first Spanish class and discovered that I love language, its structure, and its diversity. I was then introduced to the field of computational linguistics, and I fell in love with it. After I graduate, I hope to further explore the intersections of language, tech, and social impact in both the non-profit and for-profit industries. In my free time, I like to journal, listen to music, and explore hidden gems in Los Angeles!






Katherine Stromin

Hello, my name is Katherine Stromin. I am a graduate of The New School University in New York. I have a BA and MA in psychology. I formerly worked at the New School’s Neuroscience lab. I hope to enroll in a PhD program where I can study cognitive neuroscience.





Gabrielle Dinh

Hi! My name is Gabrielle Dinh and I am a fourth year Linguistics and Asian Languages and Cultures major. I’m interested in second language acquisition, child language development, and historical linguistics. My interest in Linguistics started with my first intro class and when I first took beginner Japanese. After graduating, I hope to go to graduate school in linguistics. In my free time, I enjoy reading books, comics, and The New Yorker, as well as walking while listening to podcasts.