The federal work-study program funds part-time employment for needy students by subsidizing student wages. Thus, the institution gets the benefit of a student employee but at a vastly reduced rate.
The Roanoke College Work-Study Research Assistant (WSRA) Program was started in 2011 to fill a need: to provide students with an attractive job on campus working one-on-one with a faculty mentor and to provide faculty additional support with their research ambitions. Most students who participate in the program are work study; however non-work study eligible students can participate if they are a particularly good match for the position. Those students are funded without a work-study award.
Applications for WSRA
Faculty can apply to create a WSRA position by filling out this form.
Students can apply for WSRA positions on Handshake.
WSRA students complete many tasks for faculty such as:
- Literature searches
- Summaries of primary sources
- Data collection
- Data analysis
- Interview transcriptions
- Laboratory techniques
To receive a WSRA, faculty must:
- Complete the application form online.
- Wait for approval from the Director of Undergraduate Research.
- Interview at least 3 students for the position; after one week of advertising a decision can be made with fewer than 3 interviews.
- Ensure that the student(s) hired are not also receiving course credit for research with you in addition to being paid through this program (i.e., no double-dipping).
- Complete a Research Learning Contract with the student.
- Sign student time sheets.
- Provide excellent mentorship to the student.
- Ensure that students comply with assessment requirements (e.g., reflection papers, surveys).
In order to participate in the WSRA program, students:
- Must usually be work-study eligible.
- Non work-study students can be hired through the program if they are an excellent fit for the position. These students are funded without using a work-study financial aid award.
- May not receive course credit for research with the same faculty mentor in addition to being paid through this program (i.e., no double-dipping).
- May be at any academic level.
- Will be paid $9.50/hour.
- Must complete HR paperwork before starting work.
- Must complete a reflection paper at the end of each academic year.
- Must participate in assessment requirements.