Find Undergraduate Research Assistant Positions

The Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research facilitates the posting of paid (i.e. hourly wage) undergraduate research assistant positions within Handshake.  Working closely with faculty and acquiring the skills that are at the core of a discipline is invaluable experience for students.  We encourage students to review available research assistant positions periodically and to apply for those that are closely aligned with their academic interests.

To view posted undergraduate research assistant positions within Handshake:

  1. Login to GW Handshake.
  2. Under Position Type, select Internship from the drop-down menu.
  3. Enter CUFR as a Keyword.

Additionally, the Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research posts non-wage undergraduate research assistant positions.

Current Available Non-Wage Positions:


Dr. Kazue Hashimoto-Torii is seeking an undergraduate research assistant to join her dynamic lab in the Center for Neuroscience Research, beginning this summer and continuing next year.

The student will have an opportunity to perform bioinformatics analysis of Genomics Data at Children's National Medical Center.  More details about the Dr. Hashimoto-Torii's lab may be found at:

A stipend may be available for a summer research assistant; academic credit is available.  There also are free shuttle buses that run between GW and Children's National.

Desired Qualifications: Familiarity with Python & Matlab.

Please submit resume, cover letter and transcript to [email protected]

Desired Start Date: 06/30/2018


Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences:

Dr. Glora Pedersen is seeking two undergraduate research assistants to support a systematic review.  This support includes screening full-text academic articles for outlined inclusion and exclusion criteria; extracting outlined text from included full-text academic articles organizing within an Excel database.

Desired Qualifications: Looking for a motivated volunteer with keen attention to detail to join the lab!  Primarily the volunteer will help conduct a large systematic review. They appreciate volunteers who are interested in joining lab meetings and learning more about the lab and research conduct in the world of global mental health.  Experience and familiarity with Excel, managing databases, and reading and navigating academic publications are required. Experience in conducting literature reviews (particularly knowledge in systematic reviews), as well as background knowledge in psychology, neuroscience, public health or related field is desired.  Skills in SPSS, STATA, NVIVO a plus.

Please submit a resume and cover letter to [email protected]

Application Deadline: 10/15/2018 

Desired Start Date: 10/12/2018


Mental Health Studies:

The Laboratory of Military Stress Studies at the Uniformed Services University of Health Services (located in North Bethesda near the White Flint Metro Station) is seeking a research assistant.  The volunteer research assistant will be assigned to a variety of research projects, depending on research team's needs at the time. This RA will be exposed to program evaluation research, qualitative research on barriers to mental health treatment within the military, and additional military-focused research.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Transcribe audio files of focus groups exploring the factors which contributed to delays in seeking mental health treatment among service members
  • Conduct literature reviews, format references using specific style guidelines, and write literature summaries
  • Attend Research Directorate meetings and brief out task/project progress
  • Contribute to research/training products (e.g. fact sheets, presentations, survey summaries)
  • Data entry using MS Excel
  • Survey construction and data retrieval using online Surveymonkey platform
  • Basic data summary and analysis (experience with SPSS software is a plus)

Additional opportunities may be available for highly motivated candidates who remain beyond two semesters. Opportunities also exist for recommendation letters depending on overall performance.


Minimum requirement of 8 hours per week for one semester.  Academic credit may be arranged.

Desired Start Date: January 2019

Please send cover letter, resume, and preferred schedule (during Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm) to Sybil Mallonee.


Suicide Care, Prevention, and Research (CPR) Initiative:

The Suicide Care, Prevention, and Research (CPR) Initiative at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences is seeking volunteer research assistants (the Uniformed Services University is located in North Bethesda, near the White Flint Metro Station). Volunteers will be primarily assigned to Post Admission Cognitive Therapy (PACT) transcriptions. Volunteers will be exposed to military suicide prevention studies, psychotherapy research, curriculum development, and randomized clinical trials methodology. A position of this type can serve as professional experience in the fields of military mental health, psychology, and suicide prevention – and will strengthen a candidate’s application to graduate programs in psychology or related fields.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Transcribe audio files of PACT therapy sessions and help-seeking interviews with inpatients admitted to military treatment facilities following a recent suicide-related crisis
  • Compile and distribute weekly lists of suicide related abstracts
  • Conduct literature reviews and write literature summaries


  • Minimum commitment: Either (1) 16 hours a week for one semester or (2) 8 hours a week for two semesters (we prefer a year commitment)
  • The position is unpaid, but course credit may be set up in collaboration with the volunteer’s academic institution
  • Availability on Friday from 12pm-1pm for Biweekly Volunteer Meeting – THIS IS MANDATORY

Desired Start Date: Spring Semester 2019.

Please send (1) cover letter (2) updated CV, (3) ALL of your windows of availability (days and times, within Monday-Friday, 7AM-4PM), and (4) whether you prefer 16hrs/wk for one semester or 8hrs/wk for two semesters to: Amber Fox.


If you have any questions about finding undergraduate research assistant positions, please contact us at [email protected].