Roanoke College

Work Study Research Assistants


Program Summary

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.

Student Tasks

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
  • Writing

Faculty Requirements

To receive a WSRA, faculty must:

  1. Complete the faculty application form (.doc) and email it to
  2. Wait for approval from the Director of Student-Faculty Research.
  3. Interview at least 3 students for the position.
  4. 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).
  5. Complete a Research Learning Contract.
  6. Sign student time sheets.
  7. Provide excellent mentorship to the student.
  8. Ensure that students comply with assessment requirements (e.g., reflection papers, surveys).  

For 2014-2015, faculty have two choices for a WSRA:

  1. One student for up to 10 hours per week.
  2. Two students for up to 5 hours per week per student.

Student Requirements

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.