Parenting, Racial and Gender Stigma Experiences, Identity Development, and Child Development

"For one this experience is giving me direct contact with the research process. This is very important as I plan on going into research after graduate school. It has familiarized me with the complications of conducting social research and the variety of ways researchers try to overcome the multitude of factors that can affect outcomes unpredictably. More generally it has helped me learn how to digest and synthesize research in a range of formats. "


Supervising Faculty:

Dr. Ming-Te Wang



Dr. Ming-Te Wang


Area of Research:  Social psychology/Developmental psychology


Description of Research:

We are looking for undergraduate psychology students who are interested in gaining research experience in racial stigma experiences, racial identity, and minority children’s development. Students will have the opportunity to learn about and work on projects that investigate risk and protective factors undermining and promoting minority children’s academic and emotional wellbeing as well as develop developmentally appropriate intervention programs to prevent them from engaging risky behaviors. Minority students are particularly encouraged to apply.


Duties of Students:

Students will be involved with every stage of the research process including: literature reviews, data collection, data entry, study design, data analysis, and paper writing. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in paper writing as a coauthor with the professor. Duties are flexible, depending on interests and current needs. Students should be available at least 2 days per week. Total number of hours of participation per week will be 12-15 hours for 3 credits.


Additional Requirements:

  • 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 middle and high school kids


Terms offered: fall and spring


Number of Students: varies by semester

Additional Information: Students should contact Dr. Ming-Te Wang and provide him with a CV, a short writing sample, and letter of interest.