Work-Study Research Assistant Program

McInerney-wetlandsAre you are an undergraduate student with a federal work-study award? Would you be interested in assisting with faculty research for your work-study employment? If so, the Work-Study Research Assistant Program can help connect you to available research opportunities on campus.

Why Research?

There are many reasons to consider pursuing a position as a research assistant. Participation in undergraduate research is one way to explore your academic interests, learn about how research is conducted at the university, and build transferable skills useful in a range of fields. Read more about what other UConn undergraduates have to say about how they have benefited from engaging in undergraduate research.

How Can I Apply?

Asahi HoqueIf you have a federal work-study award for 2019-20, apply for one of the research job postings in the JobX system listed below. You may apply to more than one posting if it aligns with your goals and interests. Please follow the specifications of the posting and upload all requested information (e.g., resume, cover letter, availability, references). Only applications from undergraduate students with work-study awards will be considered.

Applications are currently being accepted for all of the positions below with a status of “open.” As applications are being reviewed on an ongoing basis, we encourage you to apply for all positions that interest you as soon as possible. Please check this page regularly as additional positions may be added through the beginning of the Spring 2020 semester.

Job Postings for Spring 2020 (listed alphabetically by department)

Job Posting Faculty Member(s) Department Brief Position Description Status
TBD Sherry Pagoto/Jess Bibeau Allied Health Sciences Pending
10966 Ran Xu Allied Health Sciences My research focuses on data science and systems science research, with application in mhealth and food & nutrition. Current projects include pilot social network analysis and machine learning in weight loss intervention studies delivered via Facebook, data visualization and policy evaluation in studies involving food banks and food pantries. Research Assistants will be involved in multiple aspects of these projects. Pending
TBD Jorge M. Agüero Economics/El Instituto Pending
TBD Sandra M. Chafouleas Educational Psychology This position entails working with Dr. Chafouleas and her research team, with specific emphasis on tasks for the UConn Collaboratory on School and Child Health (CSCH: see  The CSCH mission is to facilitate innovative research and dissemination in school and child health, acknowledging that a whole child lens that integrates academics and health in serving students leads to better student outcomes across domains (academic, social, emotional, behavioral, physical).  Although CSCH is engaged in many scholarly activities, the primary job tasks for this position include synthesis of research in different areas related to school and child health, with the intent to disseminate information on evidence-informed policy and practices (e.g. what are best practices for increasing physical activity?, what has the policy impact been on changes to school nutrition programs?) in multi-media formats (e.g., brief user-friendly reports, podcasts). Pending
TBD Bryan Huey Materials Science and Engineering Students in the Nano Measurement Labs will support advanced surface characterization studies of materials such as advanced solar cells, memory devices, semiconductors, and pharmaceuticals. This includes the operation of Atomic Force and other forms of Microscopy, literature surveys, and data analysis, primarily focused on nanoscale variations in materials properties engineered to optimize ultimate system performance. TBD
TBD Solomiya Ivakhiv & Sophie Shao Music This assistant position will interview and survey high school music programs, clinics, and teachers in the state of Connecticut, as well as study effective methods of teaching, both classroom and individual, long-term and short-term, and develop strategies in recruiting, as well as to capture and sustain interest in string instrumental playing. We will also work on plans for a UCONN cello day/weekend in January 2021. In addition, the assistant will help create a monthly newsletter that will include announcements on String area events and help out with string orchestra events as needed according to their availability. Pending
TBD Ji-Young Lee Nutritional Sciences The undergraduate research assistants in the molecular nutrition lab will participate in projects that determine how dietary factors play regulatory roles in energy metabolism, inflammation and fibrosis associated with obesity, fatty liver disease and cardiovascular disease via the modulation of epigenetic modes of action. Pending
TBD Zehra Arat Political Science A student in this position will assist a political science professor in carrying out a number of human rights research projects (e.g., gender and human rights in Turkey; neoliberalism and human rights; human rights discourse and practices in Turkey; international human rights norms; economic justice and rights in Islam; automation and the right to work) that are in different stages. Thus, the job will allow the student to observe and participate in different stages of the research process, from the formulation and justification of a research question to the preparation and revision of articles for publication. TBD
TBD Laura Bunyan Sociology Pending


Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Research at or 486-7939 with any questions about this program. General questions about work-study and student employment can be directed to Student Financial Aid Services – Student Employment at or 486-3474.