Grace Ocular

Grace Ocular is lab coordinator and graduate research assistant at Child Language Interactions and Memory (CLIaM) research lab. Grace is a Sally Casanova PreDoctoral Scholar and a Graduate Research Fellowship recipient. She is in her second year of graduate studies in the Dual Language Development program at the College of Education at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). Grace has been the longest serving research assistant at CLIaM lab, starting in Fall 2015. Throughout her assistantship, Grace has conducted and contributed to 13 research projects and four publications. One of these published works was an international collaboration with Dr. Carmiol and colleagues from Costa Rica. Grace is most interested in research that investigate the parent-child language and behavioral interaction within informal learning environment. For her master’s thesis, she will focus on investigating how multilingual families interact with informal science environment and the role of using more than one language to the science language content and meaning making processes between parent and child. Through her scholarship and fellowship, Grace will continue to work under Dr. Kelly’s mentorship to pursue projects on informal learning interactions, which will be presented at the Student Research Competition on campus in Spring 2021 and conferences. Grace serves as a planning team member of Data Fellows and a fellow in two High-Impact Practices team, one of which is through CLIaM lab. In these roles, she contributes to institutional research on campus that aims to positively impact student success within the university. After attaining her master’s degree, Grace plans to pursue a PhD in Developmental Psychology or Education where she hopes to continue collaborating with other scholars in the field of informal learning environment. When she has free time, Grace likes to visit the Los Angeles Arboretum, cook breakfast food, and take her cat, Kimchi, on walks.