Open Positions: Undergraduate Research Assistant Program (URAP)

Position Openings for the Undergraduate Research Assistant Program

Student applications for academic year open positions will be posted here in Fall 2017.

All positions are open to both work-study and non-work-study eligible students. All positions can be converted to work-study postions.


Guidelines for Student URAP Applications


You are applying for a position that is competitive – take the time to write a strong application. If you have not written a job application before we recommend you review the resources provided by Career Advancement before starting. The following tips should serve as a baseline:


  • Your application must be professional. A potential employer is interested in your professional experiences and academic goals, not your hobbies and childhood memories. When you are asked to write a bio, remember that this is a job application and not a dating profile.
  • Provide evidence for your statements. It’s not enough to say “I am passionate about history/genetics/psychology/etc.” Why should the person reviewing your application take your word for it? And how does your claim to be passionate distinguish you from all the other applicants claiming exactly the same thing? Demonstrate your interest through concrete examples of things you have already done. E.g., what coursework have you taken? What independent study? What prior experiences show that you had some interest in this topic before you read the job ad?
  • Give your potential employer enough information to make a decision. Answer the application questions fully and in detail. If you only give one line replies, how can a potential employer evaluate your interest in, and suitability for, the job?
  • Tailor your application to the job you are applying for. A potential employer wants to know why you are interested in this specific position, and to get an idea of the skills, qualities, and experiences you would bring to it. They are less interested in generic discussion of your personal history, or experiences that have no bearing on the job they want done. So refer to specific reasons why you are interested in this position, and give reasons (supported with evidence – see above) for why you are the best candidate for this job.
  • Copy edit your application before you send it. This should be obvious…
  • Refer to faculty using their correct titles: "Prof" or "Dr", not “Ms” or “Mr”. (And it should go without saying that you should never be using "Miss" or "Mrs" in a professional context unless the person you are addressing has specifically asked you to address them that way.)


 Once you have carefully read the description of the RA-ship you want to apply for



All Summer URAPs pay $15 per hour although there is an option to receive credit instead. Summer URAPs are for up to 275 hours, to be worked between June 12 and August 25, 2017. Some positions may split the hours between two or more students.