UPDATE ON April 6, 2018:

The Fall 2018 meeting schedule has been set. The weekly lab meetings will be held on Wednesdays from 2:30-4:30 pm in Elliott N639. The (tentative) weekly reading group will be held on Fridays from 10:00-11:00 am in Elliott N668. 

Professor Richard Lee’s research lab is accepting undergraduate research assistants (UGRA) to begin Fall 2018. The UGRA will be involved with research projects in the area of counseling psychology, cultural psychology, and prevention science. Current research studies include ethnic identity, discrimination, cultural socialization, health disparities, transnational adoption, and parenting. Many studies are focused on Asian American populations but other studies target other racial minority and international populations. Past UGRA’s have performed literature searches, data collection, data entry and cleaning, and both qualitative and quantitative data analysis. UGRA’s are expected to attend weekly research team meetings, work independently on assigned tasks, and take initiative in communicating with research team members. UGRA are expected to work 6-8 hours/week in addition to attending lab meetings. Ideal candidates are motivated psychology students who are planning to apply to graduate programs. Please contact familee @ if interested in registering in PSY5993: Directed Research and becoming an undergraduate research assistantBE SURE TO WRITE “DIRECTED RESEARCH” IN THE SUBJECT HEADING. If you do not write “Directed Research” in the subject heading, then you will not be considered for an RA position. Last, continue to reading the below instructions.


If you are an undergraduate student or a community member who is interested in joining the research lab, please complete the online RA application form here. After completing this form, email familee @

Undergraduate students at the UMN must register for PSY5993: Directed Research. You can find out more information about registration here.  The Undergraduate Research Contract for PSY5993 is now located online – this is the absolute best and most efficient method for students to complete PSY5993 registration. A paper copy is also available in the Psychology Undergraduate Advising Office (N108). Psychology Advising staff will review the completed contracts and issue a permission number students to register for the correct section of PSY 5993.

Undergraduate students seeking an advisor for their senior major projects or honors thesis also must complete the above RA application form and schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. Lee. Please read below for more details:

Major Projects Information

Students who want to complete an empirical research study (not a literature review) for their Major Project assignment should have already worked in the research lab for two consecutive semesters (summers do not count). In most cases, it means a student will have been actively involved in my lab since their junior year (or earlier). Students in their final year (last one or two semesters) of school who are just joining the lab are less likely to have the requisite research knowledge and skills to complete a research study for the Major Project. Instead, it is advised that the latter student will complete a literature review.

Honors Students

Honors students typically have worked in the lab during  junior year as part of their honors practicum. This early research lab experience is the stepping stone to conducting empirical research using original (or existing) data for their honors thesis in senior year. That is, these honors students will have my support to collect new data as they will have had sufficient time to develop their study ideas and submitted the research protocol for IRB approval. If an honor student has not done an honors practicum in my lab, then they will only be able to use existing data for their honors thesis.

UROP Grants

Undergraduate students who have worked in the lab for at least one semester (preferably two semesters) are encouraged to consider applying for an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) grant. You can learn more about the UROP here.

Students Expectations

  • Commitment to two consecutive semesters working in the lab.
  • Completed coursework in research methods and data analysis (unless student is a freshman/sophomore).
  • Prefer a minimum 3.5 GPA.
  • Complete online IRB and HIPAA training.
  • Attend weekly 2-hour research lab meetings (schedule permitting).
  • Attend weekly 1-hour reading group meetings.
  • 5-8 hours/week of lab work.
  • Submit a 5-10 page research review paper (if registered for PSY5993).

Working with your assigned supervisor – Before joining the lab, students must read the Familee Lab RA Expectations document which was created by one of my graduate students. All students (with a few exceptions) will be assigned a graduate student who will directly supervise your research activities. Accordingly, students must understand their roles and responsibilities. Read this document now and refer back to it throughout your time in the lab.

Attendance – Students must attend two weekly meetings: a 2-hour research lab and a 1-hour reading group. If a student is unable to attend the research lab, then it is mandatory to attend the reading group. If a student can attend the research lab but is unable to attend the reading group, then the student must submit a 1-page response paper to the assigned readings.

Fall 2017 Meeting Schedule

Weekly lab meetings — Wednesdays from 3:00-5:00 pm in Elliott N639

Weekly reading group — Fridays from 1:00-2:00 pm in Elliott N668

Research review paper tips – The topic for this 5-10 page paper is based on your interest and what you have discussed/learned in lab or reading group. You should (a) pick a topic from readings or lab work (e.g., ethnic identity, discrimination, cultural socialization, stigma), (b) review the literature on this topic (drawing initially from weekly readings and then conducting a more extensive literature review), (c) identify a thesis (e.g., ethnic identity protects against discrimination or cultural socialization affects child development), (d) present and critique relevant research (i.e., how well does published research support your thesis), and (e) draw some conclusions.

The paper must use APA-format (6th edition) and be double-spaced. You should avoid using colloquial language (e.g., “It is crazy to think…”). It is best to use simple sentences (i.e., subject, verb, predicate). Do not start sentences with a gerund (e.g., Eating ice creams makes my stomach ache). Each paragraph should contain only one main idea or thesis, followed by supporting evidence. Finally, there must be a reference page at the end (it does not count toward page limit).

The paper will be graded using the G.O.A.L. grading rubric. G.O.A.L. stands for Grammar, Organization, Analysis, and Literature. Each of these four criteria will be weighted equally in the final paper grade.

Course Grading Rubric – Students registered for 5993 will be graded based on the following areas of performance: a) weekly attendance (25%), b) participation in lab discussions and research activities (25%), c) quality of work in research activities (25%), d) and final research review paper (25%). 

Final Note – Not all students who register for 5993 will be actively involved in research projects. Participation in research will depend on whether there is a need for an RA for a given study project. Students with prior involvement in the lab and who demonstrate motivation, interest, maturity and conscientious behavior will be given priority in selection.


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