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SUPER is a sequenced and highly structured 6-week research experience for rising ASU juniors and seniors from underrepresented groups (broadly defined) who show potential for success in research, but who may not be considering opportunities for a graduate program or career involving research. SUPER participants will engage in a series of workshops, seminars, and activities that guide them through each step of the research process, providing the support needed for participants to conduct a small research study using a previously identified secondary data set. In addition to engaging in the research experience, participants will have opportunities to learn about diversity-related issues in research, careers in social science, and develop career goals.
Participating in SUPER helped refine my research interests, provided me with a network of supportive peers and faculty, and opened the door for many more research-related opportunities. The skills that SUPER helped develop have directly translated into my own research. As a result, I was selected as a 2019-2020 Diversity and Inclusion Science Initiative (DISI) Undergraduate Fellow. I will also be presenting my work at the National Conference on Family Relations in November 2019. Additionally, SUPER connected me with faculty that I have been able to TA for, guest lecture for, and work with in research labs. Furthermore, SUPER helped increased my sense of confidence and efficacy in statistical methods. Since the program, I have pursued advanced statistical training opportunities in both classroom settings and research labs; I now intend on specializing in measurement and statistics in graduate school.
- Hannah Berendzen, SUPER 2018
The experiences I had from SUPER informed a lot of my decisions going forward in research, the program gave me a foundation to not only understand my different career options in the field of research, but to also feel confident in my ability to navigate a path into graduate school. Through this summer program, I better understood what graduate programs entailed and what I needed to do to prepare for a career in research. Most importantly, SUPER helped me to navigate the admissions process into graduate programs. SUPER faculty, and peers continue to be sources of support and guidance outside of the summer program. The faculty and staff have successfully been invested in nurturing a community of growth and support among diverse students from underrepresented groups interested in research but needing more exposure to it. I appreciate the experience with SUPER because it gave me the confidence and skills I needed to pursue my passions in a career of research.
- Kira Olsen-Medina, SUPER 2018