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 or Dr. An: la1092@hunter.cuny.eduFor more on Asian American Studies classes, visit: http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/aasp  

  • Research Intensives:

    Free research workshops for undergraduate students interested in learning more about AAPI research. Participants can join a small group to discuss current topics in AAPI research, and to hone their skills for conducting research with AAPI communities.

  • Asian American Communities Research Program:

    A new undergraduate research assistant (URA) program that connects Hunter College students to faculty mentors who will supervise their research with Asian American communities. URAs need to be current Hunter undergraduates at the start of the program to be eligible to apply/participate. See below for more information.

Applications for Undergraduate Research Assistants for Summer 2022 are now open!

The deadline to apply is May 5th, 2022 @ 5pm ET. To learn more visit: bit.ly/hcapura

HCAP Asian American Communities Research Program
Recruiting Hunter Student Applicants- Summer ‘22 
Program Description

Do you know of a faculty member whose research is just fascinating to you? Are you curious what research actually entails? Are you interested in exploring your own research question about Asian American communities? If you answered yes to those  questions, then apply to  be an undergraduate research assistant (URA) for the Hunter College AANAPISI Project (HCAP) Asian American Communities Research Program! 

 

URAs will conduct research with Asian American communities during summer ‘22 (June to August). The project must be supervised by a faculty mentor. Both the mentor and the URA will receive a $500 stipend. We encourage students from all backgrounds and academic majors to apply by submitting an online application by 5pm, May 5th.

Student Commitments and Compensation

Students must be current Hunter undergraduates planning to graduate in Fall 2022 or later in order to be eligible to apply/participate. Students will receive a $500 stipend and are required to:

  • Have completed at least one writing class and one Asian American Studies class prior to starting the program.
  • If they will conduct research with human subjects/participants, complete the Hunter CITI IRB Training (“CITI HSR-Social and Behavioral Course” for undergraduates) by June 7. If accepted, you can consult with your faculty mentor on whether this applies to your research project.
  • Attend a 1-hour orientation. 
  • Have at least 1 check-in meeting per month with their faculty 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. 

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. We highly encourage students to identify and reach out to a faculty mentor in advance of applying to this program. On the application form, please let us know if you:

  1. Have 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 your preferences regarding proposing your own project or working on a faculty’s existing project.

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? Did you do well in their class? 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.

For more tips/examples on emailing professors about research opportunities, see below.

Duke  

University of California, Santa Cruz

University of California, Irvine

Michigan Tech

Student Application Process

Submit an online application by 5pm, May 5th. We expect to award 10-12 research assistantships. Applicants will be notified by May 10. Please contact Dr. Linh An (La1092@hunter.cuny.edu) if you have any questions.                                                                                                

Please go here to view past URA projects and bios. To learn more about HCAP’s Research Skills Program, visit our program webpage.

HCAP Asian American Communities Research Program
Recruiting Faculty Mentors for Undergraduate Research Assistants- Summer ‘22 
Program Description

The Hunter College AANAPISI Project (HCAP) is seeking faculty mentors for our Asian American Communities Research Program. Mentors will supervise Hunter College undergraduate research assistants (URA) who will conduct 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. We encourage students from all backgrounds and academic majors to apply.

Faculty Commitments and Compensation:

We are currently seeking faculty mentors (full-time and part-time faculty) for the summer ‘22 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 the URA.
  • Attend a 1-hour orientation. 
  • 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.
  • Complete the Hunter CITI IRB Training if your URA will interact with human subjects to collect data. Take the “CITI HSR-Social and Behavioral Course” for faculty by June 1.
  • Assist URA in developing a final piece due September 15. 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. 
Project Criteria: 

URAs must focus their projects on Asian American community research topics. The project can fall under 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, desired backgrounds/skills to help with matching, and explain whether they will apply for IRB approval if they plan to present/publish this research.  

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 March 18 if you are interested in mentoring students and/or have a research project you would like a URA to support.