Claudine Maloles is a third-year student at California State University Long Beach majoring in Child Development and Family Studies and will be graduating Spring 2021. This is Claudine’s second year in the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP). She has done previous research on The Gift Giving Effort with Dr. Risto Moisio and developed skills such as conducting interviews and working independently. She is currently a research colleague in the Child Language Interactions and Memory Lab (CLIaM) with Dr. Kimberly Kelly through UROP. Claudine was interested in the CLIaM lab because she saw it as a chance to learn about children’s development in communication and parent interactions and how that will affect them early on in life. Claudine loves interacting and learning about children’s behavior because they are always changing which makes children the most interesting to study. Her main goals while working in the CLIaM lab include gaining leadership skills, collaboration skills, and conducting research. Claudine hopes to gain research experience that will benefit her in the future to discover ways towards solving brain injuries and alzheimer’s/dementia. Her inspiration towards these research goals is her grandfather who has dementia and her best friend who had passed from brain injuries. She plans to get her nursing degree and become a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) nurse and pursue research on life threatening injuries towards young children and teenagers.