Hearst URCC Faculty Research Assistant Program

Information for Undergraduates

Made possible by a generous grant from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the URCC is offering a competitive research assistant program to support undergraduate research assistant positions who will work with Brandeis research faculty.

There are 10 positions funded by the award for AY22-23. As of Nov. 22nd, 9 positions have been filled.

This program provides paid research assistant opportunities to Brandeis undergraduates who have no prior experience conducting university-level research. Selected Brandeis Faculty in the Humanities, Creative Arts, and Social Sciences are participating. These faculty have designed research assistant positions suitable for students with no formal experience in university-level research.

Our goal is to ensure equitable access and inclusion in faculty-mentored research and creative projects for all Brandeis students, especially those who historically have had inequitable access, such as historically underrepresented groups, first-generation college students, and students with high financial need.

Contingent upon acceptable performance as a research assistant, each Hearst URCC Undergraduate Faculty Research Assistant will be supported for both Fall and Spring Semesters of the 2022-2023 Academic Year.

All undergraduates who are selected as a Hearst URCC Faculty Research Assistant are required to join and participate in a URCC Mentoring group that is facilitated by undergraduate and graduate research peer mentors, present their research at the Spring URCC Symposium, and write a project proposal for future research.

Research Assistant positions are posted to Workday, ForagerOne, and below. Click on the position title to apply in Workday.

Undergraduates with questions about the program can contact Margaret Lynch, Director of Undergraduate-Faculty Research Partnerships. 

Available Hearst URCC Faculty Undergraduate Research Assistant Positions

This research assistant position will support Professor Daniel Breen on his in-depth exploration of historical monuments located in the Boston metro area. This work will explore how the fifty-odd statues came to be: What were Bostonians trying to celebrate, and remember, by choosing these particular figures? Do these monuments convey different messages today, perhaps distinct from what they were assumed to convey when they were dedicated? Are there messages that we can take away from them that are deeper and more valuable for our purposes, than prior generations were likely to have had in mind?