Under the guidance of EPS faculty and graduate students, undergraduate students, will have an opportunity to register for EPS 304 – Mentored Research Studies – and get involved in various aspects of research study to gain valuable knowledge and research experience and expand their undergraduate academic experience.

EPS304 Mentored Research Studies

1- 3 credits Fall & Spring Semester & First & Second Summer

PREREQUISITE: SIGNED PERMISSION OF HSD FACULTY MEMBER AGREEING TO SERVE AS A RESEARCH MENTOR. SOPHOMORE STANDING OR ABOVE (CAN BE WAIVED AT THE DISCRETION OF THE SUPERVISOR)

 

Faculty Research Descriptions

 

Dr. Laura Kohn-Wood

Description of the research project(s): Dr. Kohn-Wood’s research program Race, Ethnicity, Culture and Promotion of Strengths (RECAPS) focuses on race, ethnicity and culture in relation to the experience of psychological distress among diverse populations, with an emphasis on race-based protective factors and the promotion of positive coping and mental health among African Americans.

Roles and research activities available for undergraduate students: Transcribing, coding and analyzing data, literature searches and annotated bibliographies, qualitative data collection

Availability for participation in Spring, Summer, and Fall 2015 research: Availability for Spring and Summer 2015

Qualifications for consideration: Interest in topics, goals to attend graduate school, student in good standing, HSD major or minor preferences, some familiarity with data collection, coding analysis recommended but not required.

 

Dr. Blaine J. Fowers

Description of the research project(s): Professor Blaine Fowers directs the Goal Orientation and Life Success (GOALS) project team, which includes graduate and undergraduate students who work together on a variety of projects. The focus of the team’s efforts is on applying the insights of Aristotle’s ethics to psychological questions. The key topics are human flourishing, virtues, and goal pursuit.

Roles and research activities available for undergraduate students: Projects include quantitative and qualitative studies as well as theoretical works. Sample projects include a quantitative study of the relationships between different goal orientations and well-being, a qualitative (interview-based) study of goal pursuit among working teachers, and the relationships among marriage, friendship, and well-being. The emphases on the team are collaboration and the development of research knowledge and skill among team members. We present the work of the team every year at national professional conferences and regularly publish the team’s work. See blainefowers.com for additional information.

Availability for participation in Spring, Summer, and Fall 2015 research: Availability for Spring and Summer 2015

Qualifications for consideration: Please contact Dr. Fowers if you are interested in getting more information about participating in the team at bfowers@miami.edu.

 

Dr. Scot D. Evans

Description of the research project(s): Community-based research projects that focus on the role of community organizations, networks and coaltitions in the promotion of well-being and social change. Dr. Evans is currently working with community partners on three primary projects: 1) The Social Justice Table is a coalition of community organizations working together to promote social justice in Miami. 2) The Parent Engagement Initiative is a partnership with The Children’s Movement, The Chidren’s Trust, and Catalyst Miami. The project aims to support the engagement of parents in advocacy on children’s issues. 3) The Miami Dade Youth Homelessness Task Force brings organizations together to address and prevent youth homelessness.

Roles and research activities available for undergraduate students: participation in community meetings, Qualitative and quantitative data collection, transcribing, coding and analyzing data, literature searches and annotated bibliographies.

Availability for participation in Spring, Summer, and Fall 2015 research: Availability for Spring, Summer, and Fall 2015

Qualifications for consideration: Interest in topics, goals to attend graduate school, student in good standing, HSD major or minor preferences, some familiarity with data collection, coding analysis recommended but not required.