Student Research Opportunities
Thesis projects—thesis students will interview with faculty and be chosen to participate in extended research suitable to the creation of a publishable thesis.
Special projects—these are typically more limited than thesis projects, and run for only one or two semesters. Special projects are announced as they become available, and students must interview for the positions.
Graduate assistantships—a graduate assistantship (GA) is a paid position where the student is granted a stipend for working to support research. Each GA has its own time frame and requirements. Students may apply for these positions when they are announced.
Research assistantships—a research assistantship (RA) is a paid position where the student is granted both a stipend and some amount of tuition credit for working on research. Each RA has its own time frame and requirements. Students may apply for these positions when they are announced.
Volunteer work—students may volunteer to work on existing research projects subject to approval by the project’s principal investigator. Volunteer work is unpaid and not for credit, but provides the student with valuable experience that may lead to GA/RA/special project opportunities in the future. The volunteer activity may also be recorded on a résumé and or contribute to a letter of recommendation from the project leader.