Students

Student Employment & Research

Students are eligible for a variety of work experience and optional research opportunities in our department. The responsibilities and requirements of the work will determine the appropriate job title and compensation or academic credit.

 

1. Paid Employment

UW students are eligible for paid employment. The job title and expectations will depend on the work duties. Common student employment types in our department are:

 

Research Assistant (RA)

Research Assistants are employed under the direct supervision of a faculty member to conduct research. RAs are compensated at a variable salary rate (published by the UW Graduate School) in accordance with the Academic Student Employee labor contract.

 

Teaching Assistant (TA) 

Teaching Assistants are employed and assigned by the department to assist a supervising instructor with teaching duties. TAs are compensated at a variable salary rate (published by the UW Graduate School) in accordance with the Academic Student Employee labor contract.

Open TA positions are posted on our department website.

 

Grader

Graders are employed and assigned by the department to assist instructors (and TAs) with grading student work and providing basic logistical support for a course. Graders will not conduct independent instruction or office hours. Graders are compensated at an hourly rate (starting at $16 per hour) in accordance with the Academic Student Employee labor contract. Hourly employees are not eligible for tuition or health insurance benefits.

Open Grader positions are posted on our department website.

 

Undergraduate Research Assistant (uRA)

Undergraduate Research Assistants are employed under the direct supervision of a faculty member to assist with research. uRAs are compensated at an hourly rate (starting at $16 per hour) in accordance with the Academic Student Employee labor contract. Hourly employees are not eligible for tuition or health insurance benefits. 

 

Student Assistant 

Student Assistants are employed at an hourly rate (starting at $16 per hour) to perform a variety of administrative and support duties. Hourly employees are not eligible for tuition or health insurance benefits.

Before a Student Assistant is hired, the hiring manager must provide a job description and post the position in accordance with appropriate human resources policies. Contact the Department Administrator for more information.

 

2. Academic Credit for Research

UW students are eligible to earn academic credit for independent research conducted under the direct supervision of a faculty member. The appropriate course number (299, 499, or 600) will depend on the student's academic level. The number of credits earned will depend on the amount of time required to conduct the research (1 credit = 3 hours of effort per week).

Students who are interested in earning academic credit for independent research should complete a Research Proposal Form each quarter. Contact your academic adviser for more information.

Please Note:

  • Students are permitted to earn academic credit and hold a paid appointment at the same time. However, effort for academic credit must be in addition to paid effort. A student cannot earn credit and be paid for the same work.
     
  • Certain research credits (700 / 800) are degree requirements for graduate students. Contact your academic adviser for more information on the difference between independent research and required graduate research.
     

3. Volunteering

UW students and others (e.g., high school students) may be allowed to participate in unpaid, non-credit volunteer experience under the direct supervision of a faculty members. Volunteering in a research lab is allowed under specific limitations and must be cleared with the department before any work begins.

It is the supervising faculty member's responsibility to ensure that all volunteer policies have been addressed before allowing volunteers to work in their labs. Contact the Department Administrator for more information.