Texas A&M University-American Psychological Association (TAMU-APA) Undergraduate Summer Scholars Program

Texas A&M University-American Psychological Association (TAMU-APA)

Undergraduate Summer Scholars Program


Texas A&M University (TAMU) has received funding from the American Psychological Association (APA) for a new program aimed at providing in-depth and meaningful research and professional development experiences to 4 undergraduates during Summer 2016. The program is aimed at first-generation college students, students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, or students from groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in psychology. TAMU-APA Undergraduate Summer Scholars will participate in intensive research experiences, receive mentoring from TAMU psychology faculty, and have access to campus-wide enrichment activities through the TAMU Office of Undergraduate Research. Students from any university are welcome to apply and will be paid a stipend of $3,840. Students are eligible for the program if they:


1) Are a first-generation college student, from an economically disadvantaged background, or from a group under-represented in the field of psychology (including but not limited to racial/ethnic minorities),

2) Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in undergraduate courses,

3) Have a minimum grade of 3.0 in a college-level Introduction to Psychology course,

4) Are currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree,

5) Have had little to no research experience at this point in their undergraduate careers, and

6) Are able to devote 40 hours per week on Undergraduate Summer Scholar activities from June 1, 2016-July 27, 2016.


To apply for one of the TAMU-APA Summer Scholars positions, please complete the online application at http://bit.ly/1XZz9Rl by March 21, 2016. Note that you will be asked to identify up to 4 mentors from the following list. More information about their research programs can

be found at http://psychology.tamu.edu/html/directory-faculty.html. If you have further questions about the TAMU-APA Summer Scholars program, please email TAMUAPAScholars@tamu.edu 


Participating Faculty

Name                                         Area                                           Research Interests


Adrienne Carter-Sowell

Social Psychology, Industrial/Organizational & Diversity Sciences

To understand how individuals’ intersectional identities related

to race/ethnicity, gender, class, and age affect how they respond in different situations; to identify experiences of intersectional invisibility


Sherecce Fields


Impulsivity; executive functioning; health behaviors in adolescents (i.e. substance use, eating behaviors, and risky sexual behavior)


Vani A. Mathur

Social Psychology, Diversity Science

Pain; empathy; social and cultural neuroscience; sociocultural contributions to health disparities


Joseph Orr




Cognition & Cognitive Neuroscience

cognitive neuroscience of goals and action; structural and functional MRI; non-invasive brain stimulation; disruptions of goals in substance use and psychosis; decision-making

Stephanie Payne

Industrial/Organizational Psychology

how individual differences facilitate (or inhibit) the effectiveness of human resource practices and how organizational initiatives can be implemented to be mutually beneficial for both the employee and the organization


Rachel Smallman

Social Psychology

Social cognition; decision making; motivated cognition; counterfactual thinking


Teresa Wilcox

Developmental; Cognition & Cognitive Neuroscience

Infant cognition; object processing; cortical architecture that supports development of object knowledge; functional near-infrared spectroscopy