African American Youth Development Research Lab

Undergraduate Research Opportunities


Involving undergraduates in research is an important goal of the African American Youth Development  Research Lab (AAYD) and we welcome your interest and participation in our lab! 

Why should YOU get involved in undergraduate research?
Undergraduate research experience is a valuable learning experience and a great way to gain additional skills. Also, involvement in undergraduate research is one of the most important factors influencing admission to graduate school.

How do I become a member of the AAYD Research Laboratory?
Typically, students enroll in Psych 399 (Independent Study) or equivalent course.  If you are interested in gaining research experience and working in the AAYD Lab, please complete  the application form and email it to the African American Youth Development Lab at You can also reach Dr. Cooper directly at

Additional Research Opportunities at the University of South Carolina


Office of Undergraduate Research at the University of South Carolina

The Office of Undergraduate Research seeks to enrich the academic experience of all USC undergraduates by providing research and scholarly experiences in their chosen fields. The office promotes inquiry, discovery, and creativity in all disciplines through faculty-student mentoring relationships and the integration of instruction with research, scholarship, and creative activities.

Magellan Scholars

The Magellan Scholars program was created to enrich the academic experience of USC's undergraduates through research opportunities in all disciplines from science, technology, and medicine, to theatre, music, and art. By providing access to faculty mentoring relationships and a professional research experience, this program enables students to creatively explore their interests at a more in-depth level than can be attained in the classroom. The Magellan Scholar program provides opportunities for undergraduates to build a competitive edge in the job market.


 Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program

The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program helps TRIO-eligible undergraduates to prepare for and pursue graduate degrees. The program seeks to expand educational opportunities for first-generation college students, disabled students, and students from families with low-income. The program includes a six-week summer research component, faculty mentoring, and research experiences.


AAYD Research Lab
University of South Carolina
Department of Psychology
554 Barnwell College,
Columbia, SC 29208
Lab Phone: (803) 777 - 6981
AAYD Research Lab
Shamika Martin
Shamika Martin
AAYDLab Community Engagement and Outreach Undergraduate Research Opportunities