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.
WSRA students complete many tasks for faculty such as:
- Literature searches
- Summaries of primary sources
- Data collection
- Data analysis
- Interview transcriptions
- Laboratory techniques
- Data analysis
To receive a WSRA, faculty must:
- Complete the faculty application form (.doc) and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Wait for approval from the Director of Undergraduate Research.
- Interview at least 3 students for the position.
- 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.
- Sign student time sheets.
- Provide excellent mentorship to the student.
- Ensure that students comply with assessment requirements (e.g., reflection papers, surveys).
Faculty have two choices for a WSRA:
- One student for up to 10 hours per week.
- Two students for up to 5 hours per week per student.
In order to participate in the WSRA program, students:
- Must be work-study eligible.
- 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 $8/hour.
- Must complete HR paperwork before starting work.
- Must complete a reflection paper at the end of each semester.
- Must participate in assessment requirements.