The Global Research Assistant Program provides full support to Tufts undergraduates to work with Tufts faculty and research staff during the summer on ongoing international research and impact projects.
Faculty from across the University are invited to submit a proposal for one or two undergraduate research assistants for Summer 2019.
Deadline to Submit a Proposal: December 20, 2018
Questions? Please contact Christine Hollenhorst, firstname.lastname@example.org
The goals of this program are to:
The Program provides full support for undergraduate research assistants to work with PIs and research staff during the summer on their ongoing international research or impact projects and/or impact projects on issues of global significance. We aim to fund 3-6 research assistants for Summer 2019, and will accept proposals for 1-2 assistants per faculty.
The Global Research Assistants may provide support in the design and implementation of research, analysis of results, application of findings, community engagement or other substantive areas relevant to the achievement of the goals of the project. The support may be within the technical area that is the focus of the research, or may be outside the technical domain of the research but useful to the implementation or application of the research (e.g., community engagement or outreach, etc.). The research opportunity may, if appropriate, provide for more self-directed research by the student, mentored by a member of the research team or faculty/ research staff at a partner organization or university abroad that can make a contribution to the research project.
Faculty proposals must meet the following criteria to be selected:
Faculty will be asked to complete a proposal in Qualtrics by December 10, 2018, specifying the following elements:
If necessary, the supporting units will work with faculty to revise proposals. Global Operations may require additional information and modification to the international field component logistics.
Through Tisch College’s existing Summer Fellows application mechanism, Tufts undergraduates will be invited to apply for a specific research opportunity. The application will include:
Student applications will be vetted by the sponsors units on predetermined criteria, including qualifications and criteria identified in faculty proposals. Financial aid will be considered. Finalist applications will be shared with the PI (or designated representative), who will then make the ultimate acceptance decision. An initial review of applications will be conducted by the sponsors to identify those that meet minimum requirements for the position. Those applications will then be forwarded for review and selection by the PI (or designated person).
Selected students will be required to participate in a pre-departure orientation organized by the supporting units, covering issues related to research ethics and general health and safety when traveling abroad. At the end of their research assistantship, students will be asked to provide a written reflection on their experience and contribution to the faculty’s project. Faculty will also be asked to provide an evaluation of the program and the student’s performance.
Faculty may also be asked to participate in a pre-departure orientation which covers issues of health and safety.
Training may also be required of on-the-ground student points of contact.
|November 2018 – January 2019||Solicitation of Research Projects and work with faculty/PIs to revise relevant proposals|
|Late January 2019||Faculty Proposals and Research Assistant job descriptions finalized, opportunities publicized/disseminated to students|
|February – March 2019||Applications received from Students and screened, initial interviews completed|
|Mid-March||Finalists chosen, forwarded to PIs/Faculty|
|Late March||Selections made|
|May||Pre-departure Orientation Program for Students and Faculty
Pre-Travel Registration and Travel Review (if required)
|Summer||Program Commences (8 weeks)|
|Mid-September||Summative Report Due / Faculty Evaluation Report Due|