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Paid Research Opportunities for REL Majors!


Summer 2012 (2-3 positions) or Academic Year 2012-13 (2-3 positions)

The Interdisciplinary Research Group (IRG) of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture (CRCC) is searching for students to participate in research projects related to religions and religion-related issues. 

Summer positions:  20 hours per week for at least 6 weeks (start dates flexible), $12 per hour. 

Academic year 2012-2013 positions:  5-10 hours per week for 12 weeks in either or both semesters, $12 per hour.  N.B. Students will be expected to continue work steadily throughout semester/s.

Students will work on two projects:

      1.  Students will collectively assist Lisa Bitel, Director of IRG, to build an archives of research projects resulting from IRG funding and programs, which will be published on the IRG-CRCC website.   Work includes collecting materials for website; conducting digitally recorded interviews; some basic web design & uploading of materials; and lots of brainstorming about potential uses and audiences of website.  No experience in web-based publication necessary.

      2.  Students will be matched with faculty researchers (individuals or groups) from among IRG members, IRG Seminar participants, or Working Group participants, in order to conduct research in support of faculty projects.   Faculty projects cover a wide range of  topics and disciplinary perspectives.  (Please see our list of faculty of projects on the IRG website.)

All IRG undergraduate research assistants will be invited to participate in IRG-sponsored events during the 2012-13 academic year.  In addition, a special event planned for Spring of 2013 will feature presentations by undergraduate research assistants. 

Qualifications:  NO BACKGROUND IN RELIGIOUS STUDIES REQUIRED—just enthusiasm for researching religions & religion-related issues; ability to work both independently & collaboratively;  and ability to complete tasks responsibly in a timely manner.

 FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Please email Professor Lisa Bitel

Applications are rolling and will be accepted until all positions are filled.

Positions are funded by IRG, with support from the Dornsife College and URAP.  Funding is considered by the University as merit-based aid.  According to URAP requirements, students must submit a formal research paper or a 1-2 page summary of their work at the end of their employment, or participate in our annual Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work.