Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Social Class Cultural Frame Switching: First-Generation College Students and Social Mobility

This project was expired on 06/30/2017


To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Laura Brady

Faculty Information

Department: Psychology

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? Weekly

Direct supervisor of students:

Laura Brady
Supervisor Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project? Yes

Short Project Description

This project focuses on understanding the the social and psychological experiences of first-generation college students (i.e., students whose parents have not completed 4-year college degrees). Specifically, we're interested in the psychological processes involved in moving from working class families/communities into middle class universities, as well as the strategies that these students use to succeed in college.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 6
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Student commitment: RAs must commit to a minimum of 2 quarters.

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
10 % data entry % video taping % animal care
% database management % interview subjects % animal observation
40 % encoding data % scheduling appt % surgical techniques
10 % library research 40 % running subjects % histology
% data collection % child care % laboratory protocols
    % recruiting subjects    

Other:Tasks will vary throughout the quarter, with some weeks requiring more hours devoted to a particular type of task than others. RAs will work on a variety of tasks for several studies and will learn about current social psychological research on culture and social class.

Skills / Experience Preferred

RAs must be prompt, organized, detail-oriented, and have excellent face-to-face and electronic communication skills. Excel and SPSS experience preferred. Interest in social psychology, especially issues of social class, also preferred. This would be a good lab experience for students who have taken Social Psychology, Social Psych Lab, Racism and Minority Groups, or similar classes and would like to learn more about related topics and social psychological research.