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Student Research Assistantships (information for faculty)

About the Program

In the summer before each academic year, the Valente Center invites applications from full-time faculty members in the arts & sciences for undergraduate student research assistants. The primary goal is to provide faculty with intelligent, motivated student assistants, and to afford student assistants with substantive supervised research experience. Students in the past have gone on to present research with faculty at professional conferences, co-author joint papers, and apply to graduate school as a result of their research assistantships.

Faculty will review student applications as they arrive on a rolling basis and selected students will be contacted directly by faculty members.

Call for faculty

Fall 2021
Undergraduate (UG) Student Research Assistantships
Call for Faculty Proposals

DEADLINE: FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 3, 2021

Purpose

The goal of the Valente Center Student Undergraduate Research Assistantship Program is to provide motivated Bentley undergraduate students with meaningful research experiences alongside faculty mentors. Faculty benefit from student contributions as they work exclusively on research project(s) outlined by faculty members in their applications. Undergraduate research can take many forms, but in general, it teaches research practice as a form of experiential learning. Therefore, the work of student research assistants should reflect the scholarly environment of the university; research assistantships are not work-study positions. In some cases, undergraduate research assistants may work in research teams, but they are not "shared" among faculty members, as is the case with some departmental work-study students. The Valente Center suggests that faculty members present their research results to be published on the Valente Center website at the conclusion of the academic year. 

Eligibility 

All full-time arts & sciences faculty are eligible for the student research assistantships as well as any full-time faculty members working on interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary research projects that incorporate arts & sciences fields. 

Funding 

Awards will be made per semester (and summer term) call for application, at max two consecutive periods per application and max 120 hours per application awarded. 
Note: if you applied in the Summer and have been awarded funding throughout the Fall semester, there is no need to reapply.
Proposal Requirements (roughly 2-3 pages) 
*    Name, department and working title of research project;
*    Brief description of the project and role of an undergraduate research assistant;
*    Desired skills and interests (e.g., library research skills; web database research skills; foreign languages; familiarity with field or subfield; interview and observational skills; specific software knowledge--spreadsheets, SPSS, etc.); 
*    Student learning goals (e.g. disciplinary knowledge, research practice, skills);
*    Expected timeline of work over the academic year with examples of student tasks;
*    Number of hours requested, with a maximum of 80-120 hours per year; 
*    Brief plan for supervision and mentoring, including frequency of meetings; 
*    Potential candidates, if you have a specific student in mind. Please include the named student's Bentley ID number and email address.
 

Student Hiring Process 
Currently, per guidance from Bentley University we can only recruit and hire students that reside in the US. 

The Valente Center will post the positions on the student employment page on workday in September and will send an email to students notifying them of this opportunity. The faculty will notify the Valente Center of the student(s) to be hired or the Valente Center will collect the resumes and send to faculty for a decision. After students are hired via workday, the Valente Center will pay them $13.50 per hour for the research work performed. The stipend received from the Valente Center will not affect the financial aid or work-study eligibility of student research assistants, although they will be required to report it as taxable income and may not work more than 20 hours a week during the semesters. 


Application Process and Deadline
Email proposal to Johannes (Hans) Eijmberts (jeijmberts@bentley.edu) by Friday September 3, 2021This is the first time the Valente Center for Arts and Sciences will award undergraduate student research positions for the summer periods. Note that this program difference from the volunteer program recently announced by the Provost's Office, which is managed by the Pulsifer Career Development Center (PCDC), as the undergraduate research assistants receive an hourly wage.

Note that, because of the schedule of the fiscal year, awards will be split between the May/June 2021 period and the July/August 2021 period for administrative reasons. However awards will be made per semester (or summer term) and may apply to two consecutive periods per application and for a maximum 120 hours of student assistance per application.

Note: if you applied in the Spring and have been awarded funding throughout the Summer semester, there is no need to reapply.

Proposal Requirements (roughly 2-3 pages) 

*    Name, department and working title of research project;
*    Brief description of the project and role of an undergraduate research assistant;
*    Desired skills and interests (e.g., library research skills; web database research skills; foreign languages; familiarity with field or subfield; interview and observational skills; specific software knowledge--spreadsheets, SPSS, etc.); 
*    Student learning goals (e.g. disciplinary knowledge, research practice, skills);
*    Expected timeline of work over the academic year with examples of student tasks;
*    Number of hours requested, with a maximum of 80-120 hours per year; 
*    Brief plan for supervision and mentoring, including frequency of meetings; 
*    Potential candidates, if you have a specific student in mind. Please include the named student's Bentley ID number and email address.

Student Hiring Process 
Currently, per guidance from Bentley University we can only recruit and hire students tthat reside in the US. Students have to be enrolled in an undergraduate program in the fall. 

The Valente Center will post the positions on the student employment page on workday in September and will send an email to students notifying them of this opportunity. The faculty will notify the Valente Center of the student(s) to be hired or the Valente Center will collect the resumes and send to faculty for a decision. After students are hired via workday, the Valente Center will pay them $13.50 per hour for the research work performed. The stipend received from the Valente Center will not affect the financial aid or work-study eligibility of student research assistants, although they will be required to report it as taxable income and may not work more than 40 hours a week during the summer semester. 

Application Process and Deadline
Email proposal to Johannes (Hans) Eijmberts (jeijmberts@bentley.edu) by Friday, September 3, 2021

Decision Process 
Applications will be reviewed and final decisions made by the Valente Center Advisory Board in consultation with the director. Notifications will be made mid-September. 

Questions 
For eligibility or questions about the scope of research projects, contact Johannes (Hans) Eijmberts (jeijmberts@bentley.edu ).
For student hiring procedures, contact Neelangi Gunasekera (ngunasekera@bentley.edu)    
 

Archive
Sample Research Projects and Topics

2019 - 2020

Multilinguism in French Film & History

Migration/Population impact on Malaria Transmission

Ecological Riole of Jellyfish

The Business Cycle & Fertility

Intersectionality at Business Schools

Improving Resident Wellbeing through Focus on Positive Interactions

Public Attitudes Toward Wind Energy Using Immersive Media

Agenda Setting & Policy Change on Climate Adaptation

Congressional Campaign Media Expenditures

How Touch Affects Art Perception 

For Quantitative analysis of text data in education research

Failure of Family Owned Businesses

Boston in 100 Words: the Business of a Non-Profit Arts Organization

 

2018 - 2019

Ministers and Subcabinet Political Appointments: Do female ministers bring more women along?

Environmentally benign symergistric insect replllents: Fusion of public health, green chemistry, and product development

Open source sensing for energy and sustainability

Measuring the effectiveness of acupuncture

Case studies in business ethics

Predicting Pharmacogenetic Associations in Opiod Addiction Patients using Machine Learning

An Intersectionality Perspective of the Experiences of Students in Business Schools

Plastic Jellyfish? Evaluating the Uptake of Microplastics by Gelatinous Zooplankton

Artistic production and audience reception in post-revolutionary Tunisia 

Distributed Ledger Technology: A Multi-Disciplinary Study on the Broader Implications for Business, Government, and Society

Eagle Scout CEOs: The Effect of Early Life Experiences on Corporate Social Responsibility

“Boston in 100 Words: Building a Public Arts Project for the 21st Century”