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, including over 19 different majors - Psychology, Sociology, Neuroscience, Media arts & sciences, Computer Science, Data Science, Women's and gender studies, English literature, Education, Cognitive & Linguistic sciences, International Relations, Political Science, Biology, American Studies, Spanish, Africana Studies, Economics, Theatre Studies, and Latin American Studies. 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.




    “I participated in my first conference because of the lab -- I was given the opportunity to present on self care, motivations, and wellbeing for adolescents of color and how this is related to how they access and use social media!”

    Emily Zhai, Wellesley College Class of 2021

    Major: Neuroscience and Women's and Gender Studies


    “I have learned so much working in the lab—everything from how to interview adolescent participants, to coding and analyzing qualitative data, to writing peer-reviewed publications.”

    Ramona Smucker, Wellesley College Class of 2021

    Major: English and Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences, Psych Concentration


    “While working for the lab, I learned what it’s like to do social science research and design infographics!”

    Tulani Reeves-Miller, Wellesley College Class of 2021

    Major: Media Arts and Sciences


    “As an intern for the lab this year, I’ve loved learning more about how marginalized populations use social media, and gaining experience conducting literature reviews and writing up research findings!”

    Rachel Hodes, Wellesley College Class of 2021

    Major: Sociology

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