Student Spotlight: Uma Nicole

Uma received her B.A. in Mathematics and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. She is also a Yoga and Mindfulness instructor, a singer with the LMU Women’s Chorus and Consort Singers, a fellow for LMU’s Center for Student Action, and she is on LMU’s Committee for Criminal and Restorative Justice. 

How did you first become interested in Bioethics?

I found Neuroscience to be a fascinating concept earlier on in my undergrad and wondered about the advances it was making as a scientific field of study. My interest was further heightened when I learned of a DARPA project that involved a disabled woman, probes that were inserted into her brain and her being able to fly an F-16 flight simulator with her mind. That lit a fire in me to investigate into the probity in that project.


What is something about your personality that has contributed to your interest in bioethics?

My quest for truth, the logical and yet passionate nature of how I see the world and my dedication to social justice are personal qualities that have spurred my desire to dive into this field.

What is your favorite destination and why?

So far, my favorite destination has been the village of Nungwi on the island of Unguja (Zanzibar Archipelago), in East Africa. 

What qualities in another person do you value and why?

I value, radial self-truthfulness, unconditional love, self-motivation, a rich sense of humor and kindness.

What might someone be surprised to know about you?

I think people would be surprised to know that I have despised text-messaging since 2008 and I do not watch television.

Click here to watch a video from Uma's Spring 2018 fellowship.