2019-2020 Emerging Scholars Job Descriptions

If you are selected as an Emerging Scholar, we will match you with a professor who you will work with as a research assistant. In order to find the best match, you'll need to review the job descriptions below and rank your top five choices for your application. There are many options, so it might help you to first consider which of the general areas described below interest you the most and then read the job descriptions for those areas. You can also read the entire set of job options (pdf).

Arts & Architecture:

Read the Arts & Architecture job descriptions (pdf).

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Students in arts and architecture would assist a professor on a creative project.

Example jobs that a student might do in this area include:

  • help prepare a gallery installation
  • research a script
  • build models
  • assist with performances or theatre productions

These jobs might be found in these departments:

  • Visual Art
  • Theatre
  • Creative Writing
  • Music
  • Design
  • Architecture
  • Dance
  • Film & Media Studies

Example scholars: Read spotlights for examples of scholars in this area.

Engineering:

Read the Engineering job descriptions (pdf).

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Students in Engineering would assist a professor on a research project, usually as part of a research group or lab. Projects in engineering are usually applying knowledge for a purpose, whether it's better concrete or a stronger surgical glue.

Example jobs that a student might do in this area include:

  • test a new material
  • build a new tool
  • analyze data

Jobs in Engineering might be found in these departments:

  • Chemical & Petroleum Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Civil, Environmental, & Architectural Engineering

Example scholars: Read spotlights for examples of scholars in this area.

Humanities

Read the Humanities job descriptions (pdf).

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Students in Humanities would assist a professor on a research project. Projects in the humanities usually closely examine texts, photographs, historical documents, films, etc. to better understand the human condition.

Example jobs that a student might do in this area include:

  • Locate sources
  • write summaries of books or journal articles
  • help to make an index for a book
  • proofread and edit a manuscript for publication
  • fact-checking
  • scan documents and other sources to digital format
  • write entries for online databases or websites

Jobs under the Humanities umbrella might be from these departments:

  • English
  • History
  • Language departments (Spanish & Portuguese; French & Italian; German, etc.)
  • African & African-American Studies
  • Religious Studies
  • Jewish Studies
  • Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
  • History of Art
  • American Studies
  • Philosophy

Example scholars: Read spotlights for examples of scholars in this area.

Natural Sciences

Read the Natural Sciences job descriptions (pdf).

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Students in natural sciences would assist a professor on a research project, usually as part of a research group or lab.  Projects often have the goal of better understanding the fundamental basics of the natural world.

Example jobs that a student might do in this area include:

  • make chemical solutions
  • prepare other lab materials and supplies
  • calibrate equipment
  • collect specimens (plants, bugs, etc.) in the field
  • learn to write computer programs
  • conduct experiments
  • collect data
  • analyze data
  • discuss ideas with the lab group

Jobs under the natural science umbrella might be from these departments:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics & Astronomy
  • Geology
  • Environmental Studies
  • Geography
  • Pharmacy

Example scholars: Read spotlights for examples of scholars in this area.

Social Sciences & Professional Schools

Read the Social Sciences & Professional Schools job descriptions (pdf).

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Students interested in social sciences and professional schools would assist a professor on a research project, sometimes as part of a research group and other times one-on-one. Research in the social sciences seeks to understand people’s behaviors on many levels: from individual behavior to global community interactions.Projects in the professional schools often have the goals of evaluating and improving the current state of a professional practice. Similar methods are often used on projects in the social sciences and in the professional schools.

Example jobs that a student might do in this area include:

  • recruit participants for a survey or focus group
  • complete human subjects research training
  • interview people
  • transcribe interviews
  • observe and take notes during interviews
  • learn statistical techniques
  • locate articles or sources
  • review manuscripts

Jobs in professional schools might be from these departments:

  • Social Welfare
  • Education
  • Public Affairs & Administration
  • Journalism
  • Business

Example scholars: Read spotlights for examples of scholars in this area.

Jobs under social sciences might be from these departments:

  • Psychology
  • Linguistics
  • Sociology
  • Anthropology
  • Speech-Language-Hearing
  • Political Science
  • Economics
  • Applied Behavioral Science
  • Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
  • Communication Studies

Example scholars: Read spotlights for examples of scholars in this area.


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Priority deadline for fall: June 3, 2019

Final deadline for fall: extended to July 10, 2019

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