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Participate in a study of student experiences as both a researcher and subject of research.


Change your experiences of college by investigating them!




Contribute to knowledge about student-school relationships while developing skills in designing and carrying out research, observing, interviewing, analyzing data, communicating in multi-media formats, thinking critically, collaborating, and presenting your work.


Student Researchers will be both the "subjects" of research designed by the professor and the "researchers" in a study designed by the group. 


For information about other research groups and the opportunity to get credit for research is available here: https://lagcc-cuny.digication.com/psychology_club/Research_Groups





- Willingness to be a participant-researcher in a cross-

  sequential participatory action-research study of

  student experiences

- Ability to initiate activity and manage time (or

  willingness to work on this with a little support) 

- Eagerness to experience learning and development in a

  collective and egalitarian environment



- To work 6-8 hours per week on projects

- To explore student-school relationships and related

  theory and research

- To experience all stages of research

- To explore academic culture

- To expand professional and personal identities

- To create meaningful relationships in an academic





- Maintaining a journal

- Video work

- Planning and conducting observations, interviews, and


- Literature review and writing about the project

- Multiple forms of data analysis

- Weekly meetings

- Conference presentations 






- Mentoring

- A supportive community

- An opportunity to use classroom knowledge in the

  exploration and research of a personally relevant topic





Getting started:

- Students are invited to contact Prof. Lara Beaty at

  larabeaty@gmail.com to discuss partipation.

- Students are asked to agree to be "studied" but may

  choose to withdraw from the study at any time.

- In addition to the meetings, students will be asked to:

  complete practice interviews and observations, read

  relevant scholarly material, learn to code and complete

  statistical analysis, and a variety of other research  

  related tasks.

-To become a full member of the group, students must:
     >attend 3 consecutive meetings and maintain regular


     >communicate resposibly with the group
     >complete at least 4 hours of work between each of

        the meetings
     >complete the CITItraining program.*


More than one project may be undertaken simiulataneously. 


Applications are required more as a way of gathering basic information than as a screening tool, but if you are interested please download and complete the form here.



Meetings for Year 6: 2016-2017


Group members are expected to commit to ONE meeting a week.


Potential weekly meetings for the 2016-2017 schedule are as follows:


Fall 1:

  • Tuesdays, 3:30-5:30
  • Fridays, 1:30-3:30


Fall 2:

An all day retreat (12-7) is tentatively scheduled for

Friday, January 13, 2017. We will also meet one day a week 

  • Thursdays, 2:30-4:30



Spring 1 (tentatively):

  • Mondays, 1:00-3:00
  • Fridays, 1:30-3:30


Note that the schedule will change if the group as a whole decides, but please plan accordingly.


All inquiries can be sent to Prof. Lara Beaty at lbeaty@lagcc.cuny.edu. 



* The CITI Training is an internet based ethics training program that CUNY subscribes to. Information and a link can be found here: http://www.cuny.edu/research/compliance/training-education/citi-training.html

Register as a student of the City University of New York, and provide an electronic version (pdf or other form) of the completion certificate, which is necessary for IRB applications.


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