URSCI funds four to six undergraduate research assistantships per semester. Undergraduate Research Assistant stipends fund students in assisting and collaborating on faculty-lead research or creative projects. Students will learn while supporting faculty in their research and creative activity. Faculty will mentor research assistants, teaching them relevant disciplinary skills and responsible conduct of research. Students may work up to 150 hours per semester and projects may last for more than one semester. This program is intended to provide students a substantive intellectual experience. Mentoring is an important part of what makes a successful application. Assistants can help in areas such as:

  • Library research
  • Data collection
  • Data analysis
  • Manuscript preparation

The 2018/19 Undergraduate Research Assistants are

  • Lucille Benoit will work with Prof. Yamunadevi Puraikalan (Borra College of Health Sciences, Department of Nutrition Sciences) on a new project on “Applications of Whey in Fruit Beverages.”
  • Samuel Bjorklund will work with Prof. Joseph Sagerer (Rosary College, Dept. of Physical Sciences) on the project "Component Testing for Particle Detector Readout."
  • Kassey Franco will work with Prof. Patrick Homan (Rosary College, Dept. of Political Science) on the project "Factions and U.S. Foreign Policy."
  • Julia Horn will work with Prof. Josephine Sarvis (School of Education) on an investigation of the reasons for the lack of interest in pursuing secondary teacher licensure in STEM fields by academically talented students.
  • Everett Krause will continue his work as research assistant with Prof. Irina Calin-Jageman (Rosary College, Dept. of Biological Sciences) on the project titled "Transcriptional profiling of rekindled memories in Aplysia californica."
  • Kiara Raña will work with Prof. Scott Kreher (Rosary College, Dept. of Biological Sciences) on the project “Development of novel methods for analysis of olfactory behavior and repellent odors in Drosophila melanogaster.”
  • Tania Rosiles will continue her work as research assistant with Prof. Robert Calin-Jageman (Rosary College, Dept. of Psychology) on the project titled "Understanding savings memory​."
  • Qi (Chelsey) Zhao will work with Prof. Yuanqing Li (Brennan School of Business, Dept. of Accounting, Finance and Entrepreneurship) on a new project titled “The Power of Poetry in the World of Business.”

Students receive $10 per hour for up to 150 hours ($1,500) during a 15-week semester.

Eligibility: Full-time undergraduate students who have attained at least sophomore status and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 are eligible.

Visit More to Explore below to learn more about research assistant awards. Information about awards made prior to 2012 can eb found here: URAP awards (pdf).

Applications for URSCI URAP awards for summer 2019 will be accepted between March 1st and April 1st. Applications for fall 2019 will be accepted between march 1st and April 1st (first priority). If funding remains, a second round of applications will open up in July 2019. For more information about applying to the program see Undergraduate Research Assistant Program Description.pdf and URAP Cover Sheet.docx.


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