The OUR Federal Work-Study Research Assistant program (OUR FWS RA) provides RA’s to PI’s at no cost to departments/colleges. Funding for the position is provided by the OUR and the Office of Scholarship and Financial Aid.
Faculty / PI’s who are conducting research and who are in need of undergraduate research assistant(s) are encouraged to complete the mentor interest form using the link below.
Key Information – Pre Hire
- The key requirement for the program is financial need. Students who apply to the program must be eligible for and have a federal work-study award as part of their financial aid package.
- The OUR FWS RA program recruits undergraduate students over the summer for positions as research assistants through the program.
- PI’s are encouraged to create a job description for the OUR to post in the spring but may use our general job description if they would like.
- Positions are filled in early August – Verification of student’s FWS eligibility is unavailable until 2-3 weeks prior to the start of the fall semester start date.
- PI’s will be able to review student applications including resumes and may select the student(s) to interview.
- FWS is not available during the summer semesters and students will not be covered by this program over the summer. This is a University policy and out of the control of the OUR.
- There are times that there aren’t any applications for a particular PI position. In turn, there are times when the OUR does not have a PI in an area of interest to the student.
- This is a job and students are hired as temporary bi-weekly employees. The OUR will process all HR transactions.
Key Information – Post Hire
- PI’s will be required to approve their RA’s time using WolfTime in the My Pack Portal. It is suggested that this is done weekly.
- Students may work a maximum of 20 hours per week.
- Students are paid at a rate of $11 per hour for students new to the program or $12 per hour for returning program participants. (This is non-negotiable)
- ALL students in the program will be set up to have their last day of work occur prior to May 1st.
- In addition to working as an RA, students are asked to complete a professional development activity each semester, are expected to present their research work at the spring symposium or complete a reflection paper and are asked to provide an assessment survey (final report) of the program at the end of their employment