Prospective Students

Dr. Chen is looking for graduate students and undergraduate students to join! If you are interested, please send an e-mail to Dr. Michael Chen (

Prospective Graduate Students:

For those who are interested in applying to the Master’s Program in General Psychology at Eastern Kentucky University, please note that you will be trained as a Human Factors Psychologist when you work with Dr. Chen. Here is a video introducing Human Factors.

Most graduate students in the Master’s Program at EKU will receive a graduate assistantship. A full assistantship requires 20 hours of work per week, usually in the form of a teaching or research assistant. The full assistantship comes with a $5600 stipend per semester and a waiver of out-of-state tuition or two 3-credit hour courses. Students might also be eligible for half-assistantships that requires 10 hours of work, a stipend of $2800, and a tuition waiver for one 3-credit hour course.

For more information about EKU’s Master of Science Program in General Psychology, please refer to the Psychology Department’s webpage.

Prospective Undergraduate Students:

Undergraduate students from EKU, the University of Kentucky, Berea College, or Centre College are welcome to join the lab as research assistants. The level of involvement depends on your availability. Typically, undergraduate students would run four one-hour lab sessions per week, have a weekly assigned reading, and attend the weekly lab meeting to talk about the assigned reading and the studies in progress. Students who are interested in conducting an independent project could also discuss their ideas directly with Dr. Chen.

Most undergraduate research assistants are individuals who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree. Benefits include a personalized letter of recommendation from Dr. Chen, career advising, research experience, presentation experience, and publication experience.

For more information, please refer to the PSY 403/409_Sample Syllabus.