Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

The Culture Collaboratory

This project was expired on 09/30/2018


To find out about this 499 opportunity contact:

Contact name: Jenny Yang

Faculty Information

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

Does faculty advisor meet with students?

If yes, how often? We have a lab meeting every week.

Direct supervisor of students:

Jenny Yang
Supervisor Title: Lab Manager / Research Coordinator
Will 499 students participate in weekly or biweekly discussions sessions about research or project? Yes

Short Project Description

Our lab focuses on how social representation of race, culture and social class influence development of the self, psychological well-being, and educational attainment. To accomplish these goals, we employ behavioral experiments and use quantitative and qualitative analyses to test our predictions. We respect and encourage various backgrounds, communication styles, work styles, and points of view in our lab. Education and culture: In this line of research, we examine how cultural backgrounds (e.g. college generational status, racial/ethnic background) contribute to differences in educational experiences. Our research in this area explores how the culture of educational environments leads to differences in student belonging and performance in school. As a Research Assistant, you will be working with data from our Enhancing Cultural Toolkits and Student Mindsets - Teacher Training Institute. You will spend most of your time in lab with the team, entering survey data and coding video data. This position is the perfect match for students interested in education and child development.

Work Schedule

Min. number of hours/weekstudent must work: 9 hours per week.
Evenings/weekends OK? No
Times a student must bepresent/work: During business hours, from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. We prefer that you work in blocks of 2-3 hours.
Student commitment: We require that students commit for 2 quarters minimum. Please treat this lab opportunity like a class or a job.

499 Responsibilities

Working with Data Working with Subjects Working with Animals/physiology
50 % data entry 5 % video taping % animal care
5 % database management % interview subjects % animal observation
20 % encoding data % scheduling appt % surgical techniques
5 % library research 5 % running subjects % histology
10 % data collection % child care % laboratory protocols
    % recruiting subjects    


Skills / Experience Preferred

We are currently looking for 2-3 research assistants who are fluent in oral/written Spanish and Somali but this is not a requirement. Our research assistants are expected to come to lab on time and stay on task.