Work-study Research Assistant Program

Early deadline: 8/20/2020
Extended deadline: 9/15/2020
Sponsor: The Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (URCA)


The Work-study Research Assistant Program (WRAP) aims to provide faculty members with work-study supported undergraduate student research assistants to work up to 10 hours per week on the faculty member’s scholarship and creative activities. Students assist individual faculty members with any aspect of their research and creative activity. Examples include literature search, data collection, proofreading, indexing, transcribing, translating, maintaining instrumentation, data entry, etc. This list is not meant to be exhaustive.

Through this program, economically disadvantaged students are provided with research experiences and mentorship from the faculty mentor, while also taking part in professional development activities. Students in the program are expected to complete Responsible Conduct in Research training, as well as IRB and/or IACUC training as appropriate, through CITI, two professional development experiences each semester (seminar, presentation, show, exhibition, workshop, etc.), and an online final report for fall and spring semesters (usually due the week before finals week). The faculty member should mentor the student through these tasks and provide additional opportunities for student advancement.

Eligibility and Funding

All faculty are eligible to apply. Each application will be reviewed for merit and positions will be decided based on both merit and availability of funds. We will assist faculty members in filling their positions, but that responsibility ultimately rests with the individual faculty members.


A complete application will include:

  • A brief job description (1 page maximum) of the proposed project on which the student will assist, including the specific duties and number of hours per week;
  • A justification of why the activity is vital to your research or creative activity (1 page maximum);
  • Mentoring plan;
  • 2-page CV.

 Only one document should be submitted—all four elements should be saved in one file. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and submitted via email to


Successful applicants will be notified 2 weeks after the application receipt.