Research Skills Program

HCAP’s Research Skills Program includes:

  • HCAP-enhanced Asian American Studies Course (ASIAN 330.14) – Theories and Methods of Researching Asian American Communities: Taught by Dr. Marcia Liu (spring semester) and Dr. Linh An (fall semester), this class focuses on various methods for conducting research with NYC-based AAPI communities. To learn more, email Dr. Liu: ml2138@hunter.cuny.edu. For more on Asian American Studies classes, visit: http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/aasp  
  • Asian American Communities Research Program: A new program connecting faculty mentors  to Hunter College students, who will serve as undergraduate research assistants (URA). The URAs will be conducting research with Asian American communities. See below for more information.

We are now recruiting student undergraduate research assistants and faculty mentors for HCAP’s Asian American Communities Research Program. Interested faculty (full-time and part-time) should contact Dr. Linh An at La1092@hunter.cuny.edu by May 1st. Interested students should contact Dr. Linh An at La1092@hunter.cuny.edu by May 14th. To learn more see below.

 

HCAP Asian American Communities Research Program
Recruiting Hunter Student Applicants- Summer ‘21 

 

Program Description

The Hunter College AANAPISI Project (HCAP) is piloting a new program, Asian American Communities Research Program. We are currently seeking undergraduate research assistants (URAs) to conduct research with Asian American communities for the Summer ‘21 session (June to August). The project must be supervised by a faculty mentor. Both the mentor and the URA will receive a $500 stipend.

Through the Asian American Communities Research Program, HCAP hopes to expand research opportunities for underserved Asian Americans and other students who often cannot take advantage of unpaid academic/professional work. This is especially important with COVID’s disruption to student internship and employment prospects. The program will increase URA’s sense of belonging, self-efficacy, and institutional belonging as they build relationships with mentors. 

 

Student Commitments and Compensation:

Current Hunter undergraduates are eligible to apply. Students will receive a $500 stipend and are required to:

  •     Have completed at least one composition/writing intensive class AND one Asian American Studies class prior to starting the program.
  •     Have at least 1 check-in meeting per month with the faculty mentor who is supervising your project.
  •     Attend 1 mid-way check-in meeting with HCAP staff.
  •     Work 2-3 hours per week on research activities during the summer session (June, July, August). Activities may include data collection, writing literature reviews, conducting interviews, analyzing data, etc. 
  •     Produce a final piece due mid-September. Format can range from scholarly research to creative works (e.g. policy briefs, PSA campaign, conference poster, research proposal, contribution to a journal article) or a reflection blog post (written or video) for HCAP’s website that distills learnings from the research experience.
  •     Present their work – options include speaking at a HCAP Asian American Studies Symposium event or presenting at an HCAP-enhanced Asian American Studies class.

 

Project Criteria: 

URAs must focus their projects on Asian American community research topics. The project can fall into two tracks. 

Track 1: Faculty-Led Project URA will assist in activities related to the faculty mentor’s existing research project with Asian American communities. 

Track 2: Student-Led Project URA will propose their own research project with Asian American communities to HCAP and faculty mentor.  

 

Faculty Mentor Criteria:

All research projects must be supervised by a faculty member. On the application form, please let us know if you:

  1. Have already found a faculty mentor who has agreed to supervise you.
  2. Have a faculty mentor in mind, but have not reached out to them yet.
  3. Need HCAP’s help in identifying a faculty mentor.

Applicants may also apply to be considered as URAs for current HCAP Faculty Mentor projects. On your application form, you may indicate if you would like to work with faculty mentors such as:

  1. Professor Glenn Magpantay on AAPI law, public policies, political representation, and LGBTQ issues. 
  2. Professor John Pell on a literature review of studies on the role of cognitive biases in medical diagnoses in AAPIs. 

Tips for identifying a mentor:

  • Does the faculty conduct research in an area that interests you? 
  • Have you taken a class with the professor before? Do you have good rapport with this individual?
  • Contact the faculty early. You may want to share the program description for mentors with them, so they understand the commitment level.

 

Student Application Process:

Submit an online application by May 14. Please contact Dr. Linh An (La1092@hunter.cuny.edu) if you have any questions.                                                                                                

To learn more about HCAP’s Research Skills Program, visit: https://huntercap.org/hcap-programs/research-skills-program/

 

 

HCAP Asian American Communities Research Program
Recruiting Faculty Mentors for Undergraduate Research Assistants- Summer ‘21 
Program Description

The Hunter College AANAPISI Project (HCAP) is piloting a new program, Asian American Communities Research Program. We are seeking faculty mentors to supervise Hunter College undergraduate research assistants (URA) conducting research with Asian American communities. Both faculty mentors and URAs will receive a $500 stipend.

For years, educators have advocated for more opportunities for undergraduates to take part in research activities. Research experiences contribute to student learning: from expanding awareness and access to literature in a discipline; to increasing independence and ability to plan and execute research studies; to producing and presenting original and significant results and conclusions in both oral and written communication. Not surprisingly, undergraduates who participate in research programs generally have improved GPA and graduation rates. 

Through the Asian American Communities Research Program, HCAP hopes to expand research opportunities for underserved Asian Americans and other students who often cannot take advantage of unpaid academic/professional work. This is especially important with COVID’s disruption to student internship and employment prospects. The program will increase URA’s sense of belonging, self-efficacy, and institutional belonging as they build relationships with mentors. 

 

Faculty Commitments and Compensation:

We are currently seeking faculty mentors (full-time and part-time faculty)  for the Summer ‘21 session (June to August). Faculty will receive a $500 stipend. We ask that faculty:

  • Commit to working with their URA over summer session (June to August), with at least 1 check-in meeting per month with URA.
  • Attend 1 mid-way check-in meeting with HCAP staff.
  • Provide mentorship and training for URA to carry out 2-3 hours of research activities per week.
  • Assist URA in developing a final piece due mid-September. Format can range from scholarly research to creative works (e.g. policy briefs, PSA campaign, conference poster, research proposal, contribution to a journal article) or a reflection blog post (written or video) for HCAP’s website that distills learnings from the research experience.
  • Advise on career interests and goals if appropriate.

 

Student Commitments and Compensation:

Students will receive a $500 stipend for their participation in the program. Only current Hunter and BMCC undergraduates are eligible to apply. Students are required to:

  • Have completed at least one composition class and one Asian American Studies class prior to starting the program.
  • Have at least 1 check-in meeting per month with a mentor.
  • Attend 1 mid-way check-in meeting with HCAP staff.
  • Work 2-3 hours per week on research activities during the summer session (June, July, August).
  • Produce a final piece due mid-September. Format can range from scholarly research to creative works (e.g. policy briefs, PSA campaign, conference poster, research proposal, contribution to a journal article) or a reflection blog post (written or video) for HCAP’s website that distills learnings from the research experience.
  • Present their work – options include speaking at a HCAP Asian American Studies Symposium event or presenting at an HCAP-enhanced Asian American Studies class.

 

Project Criteria: 

URAs must focus their projects on Asian American community research topics. The project can fall into two tracks:

Track 1: Faculty-Led Project– URA will assist in activities related to the faculty mentor’s existing research project with Asian American communities. Activities may include data collection, writing literature reviews, conducting interviews, analyzing data, etc. Faculty interested in this track need to submit a short description of the research URAs will be working on, including possible activities.

Track 2: Student-Led Project– URA will propose their own research project with Asian American communities to HCAP and faculty mentor. While faculty mentors are not required to have expertise in Asian American communities, they should be able to effectively mentor and coach the URA in developing and implementing the project. Faculty interested in this track can ask HCAP staff to help coordinate a match. Please note research areas you feel comfortable supervising and specific skills/competencies you would like URAs to have.

 

Faculty Application Process:

Please contact Dr. Linh An (La1092@hunter.cuny.edu) by May 1st if you are interested in mentoring students and/or have a research project you would like a URA to support.