Fatima is a fourth-year student majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Leadership from Aurora, Colorado. She found her passion for research as a DAWN research volunteer at the University of Colorado-Anschutz Medical Campus. Fatima is dedicated to advocating for underrepresented communities and research within healthcare and in the sciences. She has been involved as a fellow in the Undergraduate Pre-Health Program at the University of Colorado-Anschutz Medical Campus, Kaiser Permanente.  Upon graduating, Fatima will attend Public Health School in Fall 2020, where she will utilize her clinical and research experience to focus on patient populations locally and globally. Moreover, which will translate to her career goal in medicine as a researching healthcare provider in the future.

Research: "Adaptive Vocabulary on Toddlers"
The current project I’m assisting on tests the effectiveness of teaching vocabulary to toddlers using an interactive app. This consists of using adaptive software individually tailored for children 3 years of age and under and measuring its effect on their cognitive and vocabulary growth. Which will be extended to children who are learning a language other than English at home, specifically, working with families whose native language is Spanish. This project will benefit children who are learning their native language to improve their vocabulary in English and help us envision cognitive pathway of how adolescences learn.

Research Faculty Mentor:

Eliana Colunga, PhD
Psychology and Neuroscience, Institute of Cognitive Science