Victoria Min

Victoria Min is a sophomore pre-majoring in Health-Science with an emphasis on Community Health Education at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB); this is her second year as a member of the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP). Victoria chose to continue her participation as a research assistant in Dr. Kelly’s Child Language Interactions and Memory (CLIaM) Lab to expand her knowledge on how high-impact practices (HIPs) and informal learning environments (ILEs) influence student success. During her time with CLIaM, she has synthesized empirical research articles, compiled interpreting transcripts from participant data, and deduced from language analyses. Her prior experience at the Aquarium of the Pacific included communicating with families and observing first-hand parent-child interactions, which is a concept that is explored in CLIaM Lab involving engagement levels at different ages affecting their future academic success. Victoria’s efforts are combined with CLIaM’s current research to help her achieve her goal of publishing research about the importance of communication in education for all socioeconomic levels. She co-authored and co-presented a poster for the 2020 UROP Research Symposium, as well as co-presented for the first ever undergraduate group research team for Data Fellows. During her time as an undergraduate student, Victoria continues to focus on honing her skills in preparation for attending research conferences like the American Educational Research Association and the Society for Research in Child Development. After graduating, she plans to apply to graduate school to learn about the inequities within education. Specifically, she is interested in exploring how outside influences play a role in other life factors like education access and job prospects. These observations will aid in understanding the gaps between various groups in people to a more comprehensive and relevant extent. Her time is also spent coming together with the Health Science Student Association, where she interacts with people from CSULB to introduce a variety of possible careers within healthcare. When Victoria is not working in the lab, her time is spent on reading, listening to music, and enjoying time with loved ones.