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Apply by 9/9: HCAP Undergraduate Research Assistants (URA) Fall 2022

September 9, 2022

This Fall 2022, HCAP will be continuing the Undergraduate Research Assistants (URA) Program. This program is open to all Hunter undergraduate students interested in learning about research on mental health within the Asian American community.  Students will commit to being a research team member working with Dr. Marcia Liu, HCAP Mental Health Specialist for the duration of the Fall semester.

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This semester, the team will be focusing on two projects:

(a) a continuation of a previous study focusing on East and Southeast Asian American college student experiences of COVID-19 racism, racial identity, and stress,

(b) a new study focusing on South Asian American students living with family throughout college, including their experiences and stressors.

Students will commit to 2-3 hours of research work a week, as well as a 1 hour weekly team meeting for a total commitment of 4 hours per week. Team meetings will take place on Zoom every Wednesday from 1p-2p.  Meetings will begin on Wednesday 9/21/22 and end on Wednesday 12/7/22. Accepted students must attend ALL Wednesdays meetings.  Meeting topics and research tasks may include the following:

  • Conducting literature reviews on past research focusing on Asian American communities, mental health, racial stressors, familial conflict, living at home throughout college, and identity

  • Identifying and assessing various measures and scales for use with college students

  • Identifying gaps in previous research in order to develop research and interview questions

  • Discussing stressors and experiences specific to various Asian American racial, ethnic, religious, and cultural communities

  • Identifying strategies for study recruitment and data collection

  • Preparing research protocols for IRB submission

  • Learning about various qualitative and quantitative methods of analysis


Student Responsibilities:

Students will commit to being a research team member for the duration of the Fall semester. They are expected to attend all meetings from 9/21 to 12/7 and complete tasks independently between meetings. At the end of the semester, students will produce a final product, in consultation with Dr. Liu.  Examples may include: a reflection piece about their learning experience, a literature review, or a research protocol for submission to Hunter’s Institutional Review Board.  Students will also present at a future HCAP event.


Students who complete the program will receive a $500 stipend at the end of the semester. In order to receive the $500 stipend, URAs must successfully complete the first month of the assistantship and be a current Hunter undergraduate student.



All Hunter undergraduate students with an interest in learning more about research exploration, the Asian American community, identity, and mental health are encouraged to apply. Students with prior research experience (e.g. enrollment in a research methods course; enrollment in Psychology, Social Sciences, or Asian American Studies Program courses; participation in previous research programs, etc.) are strongly encouraged to apply.

This project is supported by the Hunter College AANAPISI Project (HCAP).

To apply, please fill out the following form. Applications are due by Friday 9/9/2022. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Liu at ML2138@hunter.cuny.edu.


September 9, 2022