Tzuting Chang

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Psychology



First Advisor

Agars, Mark

Second Advisor

Kottke, Janet

Third Advisor

Riggs, Matt


The underlying purpose of this study was to examine how the social portrayal of Asian Americans, with social identity as the moderator, may impact their career preferences for Investigative/Realistic professions. The role of Asian Americans' self-efficacy in math/science was also explored in the self-stereotyping process. Asian American undergraduate students of all majors were recruited electronically. Professors of Engineering and other science departments from the University of California, Riverside, Irvine, and Los Angeles were contacted via email and were asked to assist with recruitment by forwarding the message to students. In total, 162 Asian American students clicked on the web link to the online survey, but 60 did not begin the survey at all.