Research Associates Program

The Research Associates Program provides faculty with funds to hire a student research assistant during the semester.

The Research Associate award is available to faculty at varying levels (10 hours per week, 7.5 hours per week, or 5 hours a week) for the eleven-week duration of the program. Our ability to meet this preference will depend upon how many overall requests we receive. 

We will be looking for proposals that pose significant opportunities to assist faculty scholarship. Applications most likely to be funded are those that will advance specific projects within the semester of the award. For this reason, proposals should outline a clear set of tasks and goals and explain how the work can be completed in the time allotted.

We also believe that this kind of work is rewarding for students both intellectually and in the development of their personal capacities. To that end, we are particularly looking for proposals that demonstrate potential for encouraging student development. This should not require much—if any—more mentoring than a faculty member would usually provide a research assistant, but will at minimum require:

  • a student learning contract, outlining the work required and the learning opportunities associated with the work;
  • a structured mid-semester conversation with the faculty member, discussing the relation of the project to the student’s overall experience;
  • and a final essay by the student responding to a prompt (ideally 2-3 paragraphs) about their work as a Research Associate

How to Apply

The Research Associates Faculty Application is currently closed. Please be on the lookout for the Spring 2024 Application, which will become available later in the Fall 2023 semester.

If you have a research project in mind, we are happy to talk with you about your proposal in more detail if you like.  We anticipate that you will have students in mind for these positions. 

If you have any additional questions reach out to Mia Beviglia or Michelle Sterk Barrett at