Achievement Motivation and Adolescent Development

"This experience provides me with essential research experience that the traditional classroom cannot provide. Furthermore, I have only had experience with more biologically based research so participating in this more qualitative research delivers a new perspective and set of skills. Applying Research Methods techniques to real-life situations proved highly beneficial towards my prospective career in research psychology. Turning subjectivity into objectivity is one key skill this lab helps me develop. "


Supervising Faculty:

Dr. Ming-Te Wang



Dr. Ming-Te Wang


Area of Research:  Motivation psychology/Developmental psychology


Description of Research:

We are looking for upper-level undergraduate psychology students who are interested in gaining research experience in achievement motivation and adolescent development. Students will have the opportunity to learn about and work on projects that investigate contextual and psychological factors predicting academic and emotional wellbeing during adolescence as well as develop diagnostic tools to measure student engagement in both school level and STEM domains during middle and high school years.


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. 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 10-12 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.