The Busch School of Business and Economics (SBE) has instituted a new Research Fellows program designed to engage undergraduate students, especially Honors students and majors in Economics and in International Economics and Finance, as Research Assistants (RAs) for Economics faculty during the academic year.

The primary goal of the program is to provide students with a deeper understanding of the nature and methods of academic research, to expose them to real field research, impact evaluation, and to stimulate students’ interest in pursuing research projects of their own. Preference in admissions will be given to students who are completing their junior year, although sophomores with exceptionally strong academic records are also welcome to apply. Applicants should be on track to achieving a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
 
A list of research projects in which members of the Economics faculty will be engaged during the academic year will be posted. Students can choose to apply to specific projects and/or rank their preferences. Some faculty may be looking for help in locating sources of data. Others will want to undertake data analysis using elementary or sophisticated statistical models. Some will engage students in field research and impact evaluations. Still other faculty may value a critical assessment of the literature on a given topic.  In all instances, a faculty member commits to providing substantive supervision and training for his or her RA, in line with the goal of enriching the student learning experience and preparing students to do their own research. Each RA will be expected to work an average of 10 hours per week during the course of the academic year. It might need to travel if appropriate and/or feasible. Coordinating his or her academic work with these RA responsibilities will be entirely the student responsibility.
 
Interested applicants need to fill an application, secure two letters of recommendation, and set the preferences as to his or her interest in working with the different projects listed as research projects’ possibilities. A committee of three full-time faculty members will review the applications and provide recommendations to the Director of Economics Programs as to the matching of research projects with students. It is fully acceptable for students to approach faculty with whom they are acquainted and inquire in advance about the listed research projects before submitting the applications. However, all students will still be required to go through the formal application procedure. The fellowship will provide $ 700.00 stipend for the year.

If you are interested in applying for this program, please follow the instructions on the following page.  The completed application form and transcript should be submitted to Dr. Maria Sophia Aguirre.  Questions can be directed to Dr. Aguirre at aguirre@cua.edu or 202-319-4057. Applications are due August 18th. Early submissions are welcome. Results will be announced by August 29th.