Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Culture, First-Generation College Students, and Academic Interventions

This project was expired on 07/01/2017


To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Adriana Germano

Faculty Information

Faculty Advisor: Stephanie Fryberg
Professor of Psychology and American Indian Studies
Department: American Indian Studies & Social Psychology
Office: Guthrie 230
Telephone: (206) 543-2654

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? Once a week in lab meeting

Direct supervisor of students:

Adriana Germano
Supervisor Title: Doctoral Student
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project? Yes

Short Project Description

In this line of work we explore how cultural differences, e.g. college generational status, race/ethnicity, can influence students' academic paths and decision making. We are testing new interventions to improve students' academic performance and feelings of belonging in school. There will be opportunities to work with college aged and middle school aged participants. We are looking for 499s to help run participants in the field at middle schools and in the laboratory here at UW, assist with data management and contribute to research projects and study design. RAs on this project will get the chance to attend lab meetings with graduate students and the professor of the laboratory and to learn from a network of students. RAs on this project will also have the opportunity to learn survey programming in Qualtrics and how to analyze and prepare data files in SPSS and Excel. This project is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in applying to graduate school in social psychology or a related discipline.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 9
Evenings/weekends OK? No
Times a student must bepresent/work: General workday hours, between 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Student commitment: RAs must commit to a minimum of 2 quarters at a minimum of 9 hours per week during their first quarter.

499 Responsibilities

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


Skills / Experience Preferred