Loyola University Maryland

Center for Humanities

Student Research Assistant Program

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  • This program ordinarily  provides funds each semester (fall, spring, and summer) for three faculty to hire student assistants for up to five hours per week  each semester to assist them with their research and associated clerical work.
  • The student receives $9 an hour and the faculty member contributes $1 an hour to the student's wages. Awards are for a single semester or summer and may be renewable.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be full-time Loyola faculty members (including full-time affiliates) in the humanities.
  • Students must be full-time at Loyola  during the semester or summer of the grant and if already employed under a work study grant must not work more than 10 hours total per week.

Standards for Proposals

  • Awards of these grants will be based on the quality and promise of the applicant's current research project(s), his or her past accomplishments, and his or her plan for deploying student help.
  • The student's assignments might include clerical jobs of various sorts, library expeditions, bibliographic work, editorial work, and/or modest analytic tasks (e.g., summarizing secondary materials). Student assistants might also help with some other clerical work, such as gathering library materials for course preparation, if that, too, would free up some of the faculty member's time for research.

Procedures

Applications must include the following:

  • An application for student assistant form (available from the Center) which includes a brief description of the applicant's current research, a brief description of the student's proposed duties, and the signatures of both the faculty applicant and the student;
  • The applicant's curriculum vitae;
  • It is the faculty applicant's responsibility to locate and hire the student on the basis of his or her qualifications (e.g., academic abilities, computer skills, transportation), to supervise the student, and to submit a one-page report at the end of the semester or summer describing the type of work done by the student, how helpful the assistance was, any unusual tasks or arrangements (and whether they were successful), and any problems encountered. The report should also include the total number of hours the student worked;
  • The student must also submit a one-page report at the end of each semester or summer, commenting on the experience from his or her point of view. This report can be submitted through the faculty member or directly to the Programs Coordinator Patricia Ingram;
  • The faculty member and the student are to exchange their final reports with each other before copies are submitted to the Center. This procedure ensures dialogue between the supervisor and student about the research experience;
  • The program initially provides funds for three student assistants per semester (fall, spring and summer). Members of the steering committee may apply for student assistants and for each one awarded to a member of the Steering Committee, another slot will be added for regular faculty, if needed; and
  • Within 30 days of the conclusion of a student assistant grant, the faculty member should write a check for the amount equal to ($1 x the number of hours the student actually worked), payable to Loyola, and send it to Patricia Ingram, programs coordinator (HU 231B).

Deadlines

Applications must be submitted electronically to the programs director of the Center pingram@loyola.edu by the last working day of November for the spring semester, by the last working day March for the summer semester and the last working day of March for the  fall semester.

Application

Download an application (PDF) >>