About Me


Hi, my name is Selena! I am excited to tell you a little about myself. I am a first-generation college student at California State University, Monterey Bay majoring in psychology and minoring in statistics. I grew up in Visalia, which is in the Central Valley located next to Fresno.

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My Research & Research Interests

I am a McNair Scholar and Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center (UROC) Scholar under which I am able to conduct research. I am interested in Higher Education and am primarily interested in the field of research. I am excited about the work I am able to do with Dr. Kevin Grobman in his Perplexing Questions research laboratory as a research assistant. As one of my many opportunities in his lab, I work on a study that I developed over the past few semesters looking at how creativity and other non-cognitive abilities can attribute to student success in higher education. CSUMB is dedicated to supporting first-generation college students and students of minority backgrounds, and I am delighted to attend a university whose values are so close to my own and inline with my future goals. In the future, I ultimately wish to work with students in this population and find ways to improve their resources and tools for educational success.

I have had some exciting experiences as an undergraduate researcher. For example, as a part of UROC, I was funded to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) during Summer 2018. I was in the Minorities Health Disparities Initiative (MHDI), an National Institute of Health (NIH) funded program, where I investigated social support networks for Inuit women experiencing domestic violence. Being in the MHDI program also allowed me to present a final research poster at two summer symposiums, one for UNL and one for CSUMB!

(Read more about my experience through my blogs!)

Me organizing my UNL thesis statement through operationalization–a new technique I learned that summer!


UNL Summer Research Symposium (2018)



On my free time, I like to write short stories or poetry, as well as read either horror or dystopian novels. I also like to listen to music and doodle to relax. During breaks from school, I love spending time with my family, friends and my pets, Q.D. (my chihuahua) and Gordy (my cat). I play 3 instruments, the piano, violin, and bass violin, and I am interested in learning the acoustic guitar! Below is one of my favorite quotes.


~ Thank you for reading a little about me! 🙂 ~