Undergraduate Research Fellows

About the Fellowship

The UCLA Fellowship in Relationship Science is a paid fellowship designed to provide undergraduates the opportunity to gain research experience and guidance in pursuing a graduate degree.

Our fellows collaborate with graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and faculty to conduct research on relationships. Fellows have the opportunity to explore a variety of professional topics, such as applying to graduate school, how to read research articles, and how to build an effective CV/resume.


Current Fellowship Cohort | Fall 2021 – Spring 2022

ÁNGEL VILLICAÑA (they/them) received their B.A. in Psychology and Gender Studies in March 2022. Their experiences at UCLA and Domestic Violence agencies have led them to join the laboratory team as a research fellow. They are excited to work with the lab team to explore the development and effects of intimate partner violence on intimate relationships. Ángel looks forward to beginning their doctoral program in Developmental Psychology at the University of Utah this Fall.
JACQUELINE HUERTA (she/her) is a fourth-year undergraduate Psychology major and Cognitive Science minor. She is interested in the experiences and behaviors of couples from underrepresented backgrounds. Jacqueline is particularly interested in studying the incidence of intimate partner violence in couples, as well as potential interventions. She is excited to begin her doctoral program in Social Psychology at the University of Minnesota this Fall.
FATIMA ALFARO (she/her) received her B.A. in Psychology from UCLA in June 2021. She plans on pursuing a P.h.D. in Clinical Psychology in the future, while also focusing on finding ways to continue to serve her community. Fatima is interested in studying the extent to which we create unrealistic expectations in relationships based on experiences, influential media, and other external factors. She seeks to learn ways to communicate and implement findings in relationship science to promote healthier intimate relationships in underserved communities that may lack access to this type of education.