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Student Collaborations

A key goal of the Youth, Media, and Wellbeing Research Lab is to involve undergraduate students in the research process. Dr. Charmaraman’s research receives funding through the National Institutes of Health R15 AREA program and Wellesley College internship programs that support undergraduate research. This funding allows students to make significant contributions to social and behavioral research and allows the Lab to increase the range and quality of meaningful research exposure. The National Institutes of Health funding also provides an opportunity for students to present work at campus-based, regional, and national conferences, which is a key stepping-stone to broadening graduate and professional school networks.

StudentGroupWellesley College students involved with the project can enroll in independent study courses tied to their role with the project, (i.e., psychology, statistics, etc.), participate in a monthly writing group at the Wellesley Centers for Women, and present alongside Dr. Charmaraman during public events hosted by the Wellesley Centers for Women.

In addition to supporting social science majors, one objective of the Research Lab is to expose natural science and humanities majors to applied behavioral science research. Undergraduate students who have worked with Dr. Charmaraman in the past have come from wide-ranging disciplinary backgrounds. Many reflected on their internship experience as an indispensable way to broaden their worlds by going beyond the theoretical and hypothetical lessons learned from the classroom to apply their scientific explorations in real-world settings and make community connections.

 

 



Identity

 

Examining the complex factors that determine a young person’s identity, including their race, gender, sexuality, political and socio-economic status.

Mainstream Media

 

Examining the effects of the media messages that youth receive across their screens, magazine pages, and the airwaves.

Social Media

 

Understanding engagement with social media, the struggles and opportunities that families and schools encounter, implications for health and wellbeing, and adolescent’s own autonomy.



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