Belinda Ramirez is from Glendora, California, and majored in Anthropology with a minor in Spanish. She is Colombian-American and a first generation college graduate. Belinda is a recipient of a Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) Study Abroad Scholarship to Ecuador. Belinda credits her involvement in the BYU Honors program, her impressive undergraduate research in Thailand, and subsequent ORCA grant and honors thesis for helping her prepare and be eligible for the PKP scholarship. Belinda has conducted research on messianic and cargo cult groups under the mentorship of Dr. Jacob Hickman, performing ethnographic fieldwork in northern Thailand among a Hmong messianic religious group. That research became the subject of her senior and Honors theses: “An Issue of Legitimacy: Hmong Religious and Ethnonational Borders in Northern Thailand.” Belinda was then able to publish her thesis in the National Social Science Journal, further strengthening her research and publication credentials for the PKP scholarship. The research Belinda conducted in Ecuador was on Amazonian lowland Quechua with Dr. Janis Nuckolls and she performed linguistic fieldwork in eastern Ecuador among Tena and Pastaza Kichwa. Belinda credits her BYU Honors Program involvement for giving her opportunities to present and fund her research while also fostering and propelling her into an environment of intense academic learning and success. Consequently, one of the best experiences of Belinda’s undergraduate career was her enrollment in the Cambridge Honors program—eight weeks of study at Cambridge University in England. Belinda describes her time in Cambridge as incredibly formative, sparking her desire to have strong ties to academia, advocate for education, and to travel/research abroad. Belinda’s future plans include moving to Los Angeles with her husband to attend graduate school and pursue a career as an Anthropology professor.