Fall 2020 Openings
Please Apply through WorkDay - Job numbers are indicated next to the title.
Cascading Research Group: Graduate SSPs
Building on the success of the interdisciplinary Cascading Workshop last year, the WSRC is sponsoring the Cascading Research Group, 2019-2020. The CRG acts as a forum to present work-in-progress and exchange ideas about empirical projects. Brandeis faculty and WSRC Scholars work with graduate student SSPs to explore the literature, research design and findings.
The Student-Scholar Partnership is an exciting, paid mentoring opportunity for Brandeis undergraduate students offering educational and real-world experience. Students are hired and paid for up to 50 hours of meaningful work over the course of a semester.
To apply, please search for SSP Listings through Workday.
Job ID #s are listed next to the title. If chosen to interview, you may need to submit a writing sample directly to Kristen Mullin in Epstein at the WSRC. The writing sample can be any length or topic (relevant to project is better). It needs to show you can take a thought, put it in on paper and then discuss it clearly and intelligently. Many students have used past graded papers before.
Tips from Past SSPs
I advise future participants to apply to projects outside of their comfort zone — that's where so much learning happens. Time management is key; it's important to have a variety of activities and to spend time working on your own, meeting with your Scholar and interacting with other SSP students, if possible. — Jaime Korner ’17
Given my experiences, my advice to incoming SSP students is to take the time to get to know your mentor on a deeper level. The scholars at the center are bastions of knowledge. Taking your scholar out to lunch or bringing them to a campus activity that you participate in could be the foundation for long-lasting friendships that will enrich your academic and personal life at Brandeis. — Christa Caggiano ’17
Don’t be afraid to not get something right the first time; practice makes perfect and what’s most important is the outcome, not how long it took to get there. — Natalia Wialter ’20
I would tell future SSP students a couple things: First, take advantage of the WSRC space. There are lots of great events you can attend, and the space itself is a nice place to do work. Second, don’t shortchange your relationship with your scholar — they are all great resources and wonderful people. — Ruth Fertig ’17
My tip? Get to know your scholar on a personal level! You may have a lot more in common than you think. — Dominique Norgaisse ’19
My tip to future SSP students would be to meet often with your mentor. It is important to have open dialogue and frequent meetings about the research you are conducting in order to stay on track. — Tova Perlman ’18
Overall, the SSP program works best when students are able to have open dialogue and collaboration with their scholars. — Alona Weimer ’18
Future tip: Don’t be afraid to ask your scholar any questions you have about the work, no matter how obvious it may seem — they will be more than happy to clear up anything you are confused about. — Rebecca Joseph ’17
One tip for future SSP students: If you come across a seemingly tangential but nevertheless interesting piece of information while researching an assigned topic, don’t ignore it — pursue it. Even though the information may seem peripheral to you at the time, chances are your scholar will find it interesting and relevant. — Arianna Unger ’18