Victoria Melgarejo ‘18 Receives Chancellor’s Award

Graduating senior Victoria Melgarejo '18 (Language, Culture, and Society; Spanish) was awarded this year's prestigious Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research. A McNair Scholar and Peer Mentor in the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities, Victoria has been deeply engaged with research throughout her time at UCSB. She conducted three original research projects focusing on Spanish-English bilingualism, including an in-depth study comparing the bilingualism in the television show Jane the Virgin to observed patterns of multigenerational bilingual families. In addition to presenting and publishing her own research, she also pursued an active program of mentorship, working with Latinx elementary school students as part of the SKILLS program and supporting other UCSB undergraduates with their own research programs in her role as Peer Mentor of Undergratuate Research and Creative Activities. Starting in the Fall, Victoria will continue to pursue her academic research at Stanford University, as a PhD student in Education, with a focus on race, language, and inequality.

Victoria Melgarejo ‘18