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Student Research Assistantships (SRA)

The Student Research Assistantship program provides an opportunity for talented, industrious undergraduate students to work closely with faculty members in an area of special interest. Research assistantships are selected students who will work exclusively on research projects. Your work-study eligibility will not be affected; however, you will have to report what you earn to the IRS as taxable income. Please note that no students, regardless of work-study status, are permitted to work more than 20 hours a week. 

    2021-2022 Valente Center Undergraduate Student Research Assistantships

    "Poster"The Valente Center for Arts & Sciences fosters research at Bentley university via assistantships, workshops & seminars and provides opportunities for rich exchanges of ideas in the Arts & Sciences. The center partners with many university departments to provide research opportunities to undergraduate students. The Student Research Assistantship Program (SRA) is designed to provide an opportunity for talented, industrious undergraduate students to work closely with faculty members in an area of special interest. These positions give SRAs the opportunity to engage in research activities and support faculty members who have been awarded such positions during the academic year 2021-2022. This research experience will be a valuable addition to student's resumes. The Valente Center offers support and training to the SRAs by organizing a yearly research boot camp and meetings with the Center's research program manager.

    How to apply

    Each position will be posted on Workday and on our website soon. We invite students to apply for positions via Workday. SRAs will support faculty members in Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 and possibly summer 2021, up to 120 hours. The Valente Center pays $13.50 per/hour to the Student Research Assistant. 

    If you're interested in one of these positions, please,
    *    log into Workday and search for the Valente Center Assistantships (via the job requisition number and follow the instructions to apply through this system). Please include the project title, short note reflecting your motivation to apply and resume. 

    The Valente Center for Arts & Sciences will propose your application to the faculty members that have been awarded student research assistantships. Faculty members will reach out to applicants for an interview and when an agreement is reached, the Valente Center will coordinate the hiring process through Workday. SRAs are not work-study positions. The pay 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 fall and springs trimesters and upto 40 hours in the summer trimester.


    For more information about the faculty application process, please visit the faculty site

    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”

    Contact the Valente Center for more information