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Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Paid and Unpaid Positions
Students: Interested in a research or academic career, securing a good job after graduation, attending a top graduate school, or developing your own knowledge and skills while contributing to a significant project? Undergraduate research opportunities are available, both paid and unpaid. Participating in undergraduate research will help you:
- Gain greater knowledge and hands-on experience in the field of your choice;
- Learn alongside a faculty mentor;
- Stand out when applying for graduate schools;
- Establish networking opportunities with other students and experts in the field;
- Highlight more significant job experience on your resumé than might be possible with other types of student jobs;
- Become more actively engaged in your student career and life.
The Office of Research and Grants Administration (ORGA) is partnering with the Career Development Center (CDC) to provide easy access to undergraduate research opportunities at Rhode Island College. Together, we want to inform the widest possible student audience of research opportunities available on campus, while helping faculty to secure the best student candidates to fill them.
All student employment and internship positions on the RIC campus are listed through Destinations, RIC's online job posting system. Our goal is to show research opportunities (paid and unpaid) through this same system already in use, and we encourage faculty PIs to contact ORGA regarding the job posting process.
Please visit this page again soon for more news and information regarding posted undergraduate research opportunities!
Undergraduate Research Networking Opportunities
The Council on Undergraduate Research hosts a Registry of Undergraduate Researchers. The purpose of this registry is to facilitate matchmaking between undergraduates who have research experience and a desire to pursue an advanced degree, with graduate schools seeking high quality students who are well prepared for research. The Registry is open to students and graduate schools in the fields of Anthropology/Archaeology, Arts/Humanities, Biology/Biochemistry, Chemistry/Biochemistry, Economics, Engineering, Geosciences, Health Professions, Mathematics/Computer Science, Physics/ Astronomy, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology.
Any undergraduate may go to www.cur.org/ugreg/ to fill out a simple curriculum vitae form. There is no charge to the student and records will be made available to bona fide Graduate Schools that contract with CUR for this service. Organizations or companies seeking the students' information for other marketing purposes will not be granted access. Graduate School representatives may contact students to invite applications or visits to the campus and laboratory, or to share information about their research programs and financial support opportunities.
An institution-wide annual subscription fee for access to the entire database is $1,500 and departments can subscribe for $300 on their own for their discipline, if they choose. Again, there is no cost to you as a student to create a profile.
Graduate schools may provide a link to their websites, and may provide a short description of opportunities, such as research fields and fellowships. It will also be possible for institutions to place an ad on the database website if the content is related to the mission of CUR and the Undergraduate Registry.
We hope that students who are currently in their junior year will register now, but anyone with undergraduate research experience may register at any time. You will be able to update your listing as appropriate, to include any summer research experience or information about Senior Theses and test scores. We also welcome submissions by students who are engaged in Masters' Degree programs now but who plan on going on to a PhD program. Just fill out the information on the form including the date you intend to enter a PhD program and your date of completion of your undergraduate degree. Upload a link to your CV that contains complete information about your MS/MA degree activity (school, subject, thesis topic (if applicable), and advisor).
CUR believes that this service will be a great benefit for both students and graduate schools by narrowing the search for the right match. So if you are interested in graduate school, please take a moment to register now. Be sure to include a statement of your research interests, as this will be important for making the match