Year in program: 2020
UCLA Mentors: Dr. Stephanie White
HBCU Mentors: Dr. Hakeem Lawal
Current Institution: Delaware State University
Born in Mexico Michoacán and migrated to the United States at the age of nine, Rubi is an Opportunity Scholar who feels blessed to have had the opportunity to attend Delaware State University and pursue a double degree. The desire to serve, learn, and discover new things is what drives her to continue her education in graduate school. She plans to pursue a doctoral degree in neuroscience and would like to fill in the gaps in the knowledge of how the brain modulates social interactions. Specifically, understand the neurobiological underpinnings of social constructs and how beliefs about others modulate interpersonal relationships. She would like to explore how meditative practices might facilitate neuroplasticity and strengthen our interpersonal relationships. It is through the process of discovery that she aims to make a positive impact for people who have faced disadvantages and marginalization and give back to the community, and advocate for diversity.