"By doing this research, it is allowing me to experience the processes and gives me time to learn about the ideas that interest me. I have become more familiar with statistical analysis and how to write a research journal. I will need it for medical school and my future occupation so the more experience, connections and knowledge I participate in, I have a better chance of becoming successful."
Area of Research:
Project title – Family Involvement and Educational Outcomes in African American Adolescents
Description of Research:
We are looking for undergraduate students who are interested in gaining research experience working on a survey research project examining the relationship between parental racial socialization practices and ethnic and racial identity, academic achievement, and psychosocial functioning (depression, self-esteem, engagement, anger, discrimination). Training will be provided for all phases of the project. It is a great opportunity to learn how to conduct all aspects of a research project, from development, to data collection, to data management and analysis.
Duties of Students:
Undergraduate research assistants will assist in all phases of the research project: survey development and building, data collection, survey data management and database building, analysis, and presentation. Students should be available at least 2 days per week. Total number of hours of participation per week will be 10-12 hours for 3 credits.
- Students should meet Departmental criteria for eligibility for directed research
- A 2 semester commitment is required
- Outstanding academic writing skills
- Strong work ethic
- Enjoy working and interacting with elementary, middle, and/or high school kids
- Students in STEM or Psychology majors are particularly encouraged to apply
Number of Students: Varies by semester
Students should contact Dr. Ming-Te Wang and provide him with a CV, a short writing sample, and letter of interest.