Undergraduate Researcher Spotlight – Trina Uwineza

My name is Trina Uwineza. I am a Senior Psychology major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I enjoy experimental psychological research and began in Dr. Sarah Gervais’ Subtle Prejudice Lab as a volunteer REU Research Assistant working on the NSF-Funded Jurors’ Understanding of Scientific Testimony Project in the Fall 2019 semester. I enjoyed working on the project and took initiative to where now, in the 2020 Spring semester, I am a funded Research Assistant also working on a research poster for the Research Poster Fair in April. Working in this lab has been challenging but a great experience for me and anyone– especially undergraduates– looking for hands-on and mentor-rich research experience. I will begin my application for a Fulbright Fellowship in the Fall, and this research experience has helped me narrow my interests in Science Communications and Literacy as well as furnished me with research experience that has augmented my Psychology coursework. I would highly recommend all undergraduates get involved in research, even if just at the volunteer level, if they are willing to work hard and contribute to a collaborative team effort to advance scientific inquiry in areas of great importance!

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