Undergraduate Research Assistant Program

 

The Undergraduate Research Assistant Program pairs inexperienced students with faculty who are in need of assistance on their own research projects. In doing so, students who do not have sufficient research experience to design and carry out their own URG project gain first-hand mentored knowledge of research practices in their discipline, while faculty who would not otherwise be able to hire Research Assistants (RAs) get help with their own projects. Faculty can apply with a particular student(s) in mind, or the Office of Undergraduate Research can assist in finding a student for them by running a search.  We also want you to consider the ethical implications of this project, so please review these Principles of Ethical Research.

 

THE PROGRAM HAS THREE FUNDING PRIORITIES:

1) To help students from any discipline who have no prior research experiences and are not yet ready to do independent research to get training and mentoring in the research methods of their chosen discipline

2) To support opportunities in the arts, humanities, journalism, and non-laboratory based social sciences where funding for research experiences is uncommon

3) To support pairings of residential college faculty and students.

 

URAP applications are written and submitted by Faculty Mentors, not by students. Students looking for a Research Assistant position should reach out to faculty they’d like to work with well ahead of the deadline. If you would like help figuring out how to find and contact faculty, you are encouraged to come talk with an advisor.

 

Funding information:

Funds go towards RA’s hourly wages ($15/hour) and are paid directly to the student RA(s) through Northwestern’s payroll and time-keeping system.

Students cannot begin work until they have filed payroll paperwork and are on the Kronos system.

For the academic year, the maximum award is $2,000 (133.3 hours of work). If students are work/study eligible (awarded in their financial aid package), they may elect to earn their work/study money through this position. Typically, the earliest students can begin work is ~mid November (pending submission of Payroll paperwork). If they choose to space out the 133 hours, students often work 5-10 hours a week.

For the summer, the maximum award is $3,500 (233.3 hours of work). There is not an option to earn work/study money during the summer. If students choose to evenly space out the hours (and are given the maximum award), this comes to ~25 - 35 hours a week, pending how many weeks of summer they work.

 

TIME COMMITMENT:

Academic Year URAP

  • Students can begin working any time after November 18, 2018 IF they have submitted the appropriate payroll paperwork.
  • Student can work more heavily in one quarter than another, pending their course load and agreement with the faculty sponsor
  • Students can work over breaks, if agreed upon with faculty sponsor
  • If they choose to space out the 133 hours, students often work 5-10 hours a week (see funding information above)
  • Students CANNOT work more than 40 hrs/week; whether working for this job alone, or in combination with another part-time campus job
  • Students must complete & log all hours by May 31st, 2019 (last payroll deadline before Spring Exams begin)

Summer URAP

  • Students can begin working any time after 6/17/2019 (first day after Spring Exams end), IF they have submitted the appropriate payroll paperwork.
  • If students choose to evenly space out the hours (and are given the maximum award), this comes to ~25 - 35 hours a week, pending how many weeks of summer they work (see funding information above)
  • Students CANNOT work more than 40 hrs/week; whether working for this job alone, or in combination with another part-time campus job
  • Students must complete & log all hours by the last pay period in the fiscal year (August 23, 2019)

 

If you are a FACULTY OR TEACHING POSTDOC interested in applying, click here.

If you are a STUDENT interested in being a research assistant, click here.

 

If you are a FACULTY OR TEACHING POSTDOC who received the award, click here.

If you are a STUDENT who was hired as a research assistant, click here.

 

Deadline: 

Next proposal submission deadlines (for faculty only):

2018-19 Academic Year URAP deadline: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 
2019 Summer URAP deadline: Monday, April 22, 2019

**If students apply jointly with a faculty member, they will recieve an email within 15 minutes after the faculty member has submitted the application, asking for the student's resume and cover letter. The student must complete this portion of the application within 24 hours of the application deadline, or it will not be considered by the faculty review committee. 

 

Open Hiring (for student applicants):

Faculty who have been awarded URAP funds but are still looking for a student RA will list advertisements on this webpage; to receive notification of when advertisements have been placed, sign up for the Undergraduate Research Weekly Blast.    

                2018-2019 Academic Year URAP: Early November 2018

                2019 Summer URAP: mid May 2019

 

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