WMHRP Current Undergraduate Trainees

Our Undergraduate Research Assistants (URAS)

Our current URAs are listed below:

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Maria Aguilar

Maria is a sophomore majoring in Psychology and Disability & Human Development at UIC. She aspires to become a pediatric occupational therapist and work with underserved populations. She is involved in Medicina Scholars, volunteers at Spectrum Toy Store providing services to children with autism, and works as a nursing assistant at a residential facility that caters to individuals with intellectual disabilities. She is excited to be part of the of the Women’s Mental Health Research Program, because she wants to see some of the topics studied in psychology being applied in the field, in addition to being able to contribute to the research in any way possible.

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Rafia Ali

Rafia is a sophomore studying Biology at UIC. She is a member of the Honors College and hopes to go to medical school after graduating. The Women’s Mental Health Research Program allows Rafia the opportunity to further her interest in women’s mental health and to develop a better understanding of the health disparities and struggles facing underrepresented populations.

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Aggie Cisak

Aggie is a senior studying Applied Psychology and Philosophy at UIC. She aspires to obtain her PhD in a more specified field of Psychology involving topics of nutrition and physical health. She hopes to assist those struggling with eating disorders, anxiety and depression through the improvement of both mental and physical health. Aggie joined the Women’s Mental Health Research Program to help broaden her knowledge of different topics in Psychology and contribute to the field of research in any way possible.

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Agatha Fernandez

Agatha is a senior in UIC’s College of Nursing with a minor in Psychology. She is also a member of the Honors College. Her career goal is to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner. Agatha chose to volunteer in the Women's Mental Health Research Program in order to gain first-hand experience in the field and to prepare her for a career in mental health care.


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Mennat Gharib

Mennat is a junior on the pre-med track with a major in Biological Sciences and a minor in Spanish. Mennat is Vice President of the UIC group, Sprouting Leaders, which provides tutoring and mentoring services to junior high students in the Little Village neighborhood. Since an early age, Mennat has been dedicated to pursuing a medical degree and working both locally and globally for patients in need.


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Jane Go

Jane is a sophomore on the pre-med track with an interest in biology and mathematics. After her immigration to the US from South Korea in 3rd grade, Jane has been determined to achieve her education and career goals. After graduation from UIC, Jane hopes to attend medical school to become a surgeon.


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Erykah Harris

Erykah is a senior nursing student at UIC with goals of becoming an OB/GYN Nurse Practitioner. She hopes to open her own clinic one day in order to provide excellent and needed healthcare and support services to women and young girls. Erykah chose to volunteer in the Women's Mental Health Research Program because she feels that the key to living a healthy life is having a healthy mind and is inspired by the work done in the lab.


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Mir Hassan

Mir is a sophomore Biology major with the goal of going to medical school to be a gastroenterologist. His interest in the influence of the gut microbiome on mood and health led to him joining the Women’s Mental Health Research Program. Mir is the youngest of four siblings and grew up in Lombard, IL.


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Mariana Reyes

Mariana is a senior studying Rehabilitation Sciences with minors in Kinesiology and Disability & Human Development at UIC. She is also a member of the Honors College. Mariana hopes to get her doctorate in Occupational Therapy and work in a setting geared towards mental health and underserved populations. Mariana is excited to work in the WMHRP because it provides her with the opportunity to study disparities in mental health care and to do work that provides resources for underrepresented populations.

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Zainab Shah

Zainab is a Sophomore majoring in Biological Sciences and Psychology. She is on the Pre-medical track, and aspires to be a pediatric psychiatrist in the future. She is involved in several different service clubs, including Student Leadership Development and Volunteer Services (SLDVS) and the UIC chapter of Relay for Life. Apart from academics, she loves baking, gardening, and playing badminton in her free time.

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Shapla Shaheen

Shapla is a senior nursing student. She decided to join the Women's Mental Health Research Program to understand the struggles of underrepresented communities and take part in changing their futures. Shapla is passionate about serving those around her and fighting to better people's lives. This contributes to her desire to focus on community health nursing in Chicago.