Undergraduate research assistantships

RISE and the Financial Aid Office support 12 undergraduate research assistantships (URAs) through the federally funded Work-Study program. This program allows faculty from across the college to request an eligible student as a research assistant to advance their research/scholarship. This program is mutually beneficial, as students gain valuable experience as part of the academic process, while faculty gain valuable assistance to further their scholarship. The specific responsibilities of the student will vary based on discipline but are intended to be more task-oriented (e.g. data entry, literature searches, grant proposal support, routine lab, or studio work) than research appropriate for independent-study credit or summer research supported through grants. Several faculty within a department or across disciplines are encouraged to apply together for a single undergraduate research assistantship position. This is a Federal Work-Study position, so students will be assigned for the full academic year unless they cease to be eligible financially or academically.

Application process

This is a pre-match program in which faculty are expected to identify an eligible student as part of the application. This may be achieved through the advertisement of a position to recruit interested and eligible students. The Financial Aid Office determines student eligibility based on the submission of FAFSA data for each academic year. Only students that qualify for the Federal Work-Study program will be eligible for the undergraduate research assistantship. This program will support students for five to 10 hours per week during the academic year.


  • Faculty participating in this program are expected to supervise and mentor Federal Work-Study students and submit appropriate paperwork (e.g. timesheets) throughout the entire academic year.
  • Duties assigned to the undergraduate research assistant must be directly related to and advance the faculty's own research/scholarly agenda.
  • The faculty members are required to submit a report to the RISE office summarizing the experience.

Evaluation criteria

The submission of an application does not guarantee a URA Federal Work-Study student. The Financial Aid Office and RISE offices will evaluate the applications based on the merit of proposed student duties and how the student will advance the faculty's own research/scholarship agenda.

The completed signed PDF icon application will be accepted until September 5th, 2022. Send your completed application to rise@oswego.edu

The application is also available as a File Word document.