Self and Motivation Lab (Self-Evaluation and the Pursuit of Self-Esteem, The Self in Social Contexts, Beliefs about the Nature of Happiness)

Dr. Park with her students.

Positions filled but applications accepted on a rolling basis for research in the Self and Motivation Lab.

Project description

Research in the Self and Motivation Lab focuses broadly on questions pertaining to the self, self-esteem, motivation, and interpersonal processes. In particular, we examine how aspects of the self, such as trait self-esteem, contingencies of self-worth, and rejection sensitivity interact with situational variables to shape intrapersonal and interpersonal outcomes. The overarching theme of our research program is to demonstrate that goals and motives, which are shaped by aspects of the person and the situation, have important implications for human behavior, performance, and well-being.


Project outcome

The specific outcomes of this project will be identified by the faculty mentor at the beginning of your collaboration. 

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment Year-long
Start time Spring
Level of collaboration Large group collaboration
Benefits Academic Credit, Volunteer
Who is eligible Students who are motivated, reliable, and ready to learn new skills. No prior research experience is required. 
National Science Foundation Fellowship

Students participating in this project might be interested in and eligible for the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Connect with the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships to learn more.

Project mentor

Lora Park

Associate Professor


344 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0228


Start the project

  1. Email the project mentor using the contact information above to express your interest and get approval to work on the project. (Here are helpful tips on how to contact a project mentor.)
  2. After you receive approval from the mentor to start this project, click the button to start the digital badge. (Learn more about ELN's digital badge options.) 

Preparation activities

Once you begin the digital badge series, you will have access to all the necessary activities and instructions. Your mentor has indicated they would like you to also complete the specific preparation activities below. Please reference this when you get to Step 2 of the Preparation Phase. 

  • Become familiar with the lab website and current projects