Undergraduate Students


U of I Undergraduate Students

CHRI offers two programs (i.e., PSYC 290 and PSYC 494) for Illinois undergraduate students interested in gaining research competencies related to health disparities research and diversity science, respectively. Undergraduate students involved in research with the lab gain skills and knowledge that will help them with their professional next steps—whether they plan to go to graduate school or embark on other career trajectories. The main difference between the two programs is that you must register for PSYC 290 research for at least 1 semester and your performance must exceed expectations before you can complete PSYC 490.

The goals of both programs are to (a) provide a conceptual and empirical overview of psychological phenomena related to race, ethnicity, and culture, (b) facilitate members’ understanding and competencies in key areas of research design and methods (e.g., conducting literature reviews, data collection, data entry and data analysis, and (c) promote critical-thinking and scientific-writing skills.

Past undergraduates involved in the lab have achieved competencies in the domains of:
Data collection
Data entry
Data transcription
Quantitative and Qualitative analyses
Conducting literature searches
Writing Literature reviews and annotated bibliographies
Database management

Express interest in the lab: Psychology Labs Interest Form
Download an application: Research Interests Application

McNair and SROP Scholars

McNair and SROP scholars are undergraduate students, not necessarily enrolled at Illinois, who are research assistants with the CHRI lab for a specified amount of time.  In addition to the competencies listed above, SROP and McNair research assistants gain experience conducting an independent project under the supervision of Dr. Hunter.  Each institution of higher learning typically has their own McNair, SROP, or related programs.  To learn more about McNair and SROP at Illinois visit the links below.

Additional information about the McNair program may be obtained here: Ronald McNair Program
Additional information about SROP program may be obtained here: Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP)