Federal Work Study Program

Federal Work study: Research Assistant position

The Office of Undergraduate Research are hiring undergraduate students for Research Assistant Positions for the 2020-2021 academic year. Students will be paired to work one-on-one with UNC Charlotte Faculty members. 

The Office of Undergraduate Research will provide undergraduate research positions through the Federal Work Study (FWS) program up to the maximum of the students FWS award during an academic year (typically $1500-$4000). 

The goal of the program is to provide students with a work study position that allows the student to earn money through an enhanced work experience by learning about and conducting research with a faculty mentor. 


  1. Must be an undergraduate UNC Charlotte student during 2020-21 academic year.
  2. Must be eligible for the Federal Work Study program.

Job Description:

Objective: The Research Assistant Federal Work Study position is an appointment under the Office of Undergraduate Research. Under the supervision of a faculty member conducting the research project, the Research Assistant is responsible for assisting the faculty member in a variety of non-administrative tasks which may include preparing resources, equipment, materials for the research, documenting results, in support of the research activities. 

Research projects/scholarly endeavors will be directly related to the student's area of study, interests and/or ideally lead to a research project for the Undergraduate Research Conference or another undergraduate research opportunity (i.e., a presentation at a local, regional or national conference). The supervising faculty is responsible for providing ongoing feedback and a formal assessment at the conclusion of the FWS assistant. 

Typical Duties: The Supervising Faculty who determines the research goals to assist in the preparation for and achievement of the research goals which may include, but not limited to, the following and/or other duties specific to the research objectives:

Research and collects data through complex techniques and procedures, library research, structured interviews or other project specific methodology. 

  • Interprets, synthesizes and analyzes data
  • Schedules, organizes and reports on status of research activities
  • Plans and modifies research techniques, procedures, tests, equipment or software management
  • Writes and edits materials for publication and presentation
  • Meets with faculty supervisor on regular basis to maintain ongoing communication regarding the quality of the assistant's performance. • Performs other related duties as required. 

Qualifications: Current enrollment as an undergraduate at UNC Charlotte and eligible for Federal Work Study. Open to all majors and disciplines. 

Skills/Abilities: Subject knowledge and oral/written communication skills to discuss and document research progress. Ability to work independently, accurately and to problem solves technical and methodological issues that arise during the course of the research. Strong organizational and interpersonal skills. 

To be considered for a position please complete the online application including cover letter stating your interest in working in a research lab, resume and the name and college/department of the faculty member you would like to work with. 

Please note: Once placed in a research lab, continuation of the FWS Research Assistant Position will be contingent on student performance.  

Requirements and Details

  • Students MUST be eligible for FWS.
  • Students MUST be undergraduates enrolled at least 6 hours.
  • Students must have a faculty member serve as their mentor
  • Students must use online application to apply; include a Cover Letter and Resume as part of the application.
  • The student is required to complete an online brief research Interim Report and Final Report.
  • The student is required to complete one professional development experience each semester.
  • The student is required to complete one of the following: A) A reflection paper, or B) A poster presentation. 
  • The student, if hired, will be a bi-weekly employee of UNC Charlotte.
  • Students are paid at a rate of $9 per hour.
  • Average hours worked will be between 6-8 and will not exceed 20 hours per week.

The OUR uses a general job listing that is meant to encompass all colleges and disciplines for its posting within the Federal Work Study Job site found in Niner Central. The OUR also receives specific job descriptions from some of the faculty mentors. Once you apply for a OUR FWS RA position, you will automatically fall into the general job description category. You may also specify any of the jobs listed below on your application.

2021-2022 Project Descriptions

This list will be updated as positions come in to our office and it is suggested that you keep checking back. This is not a complete list of faculty, just the ones who have provided more information about their opportunity. If you have already submitted your application and wish to be considered for a specific job listed below, please email the office at undergradresearch@uncc.edu.