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New Website to Connect Students with Research Opportunities

Students can use GW Student Research Commons to find research positions and other opportunities across disciplines.

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GW faculty are able to post for-credit and other volunteer research opportunities directly to the GW Student Research Commons. This helps faculty reach a broad audience of student candidates beyond their classrooms. (Logan Werlinger/ GW Today)
September 09, 2019


A new George Washington University website launched Monday that aims to connect students with research opportunities. GW Student Research Commons provides students with a one-stop resource to help them build valuable skills and foster cross-disciplinary collaboration.

The website is geared toward the university’s undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows across all disciplines. Students and trainees will be able to use the website to find paid research positions, fellowships, databases of scholarships and other funding opportunities, research internships and other for-credit or volunteer opportunities. The website also hosts information about upcoming on-campus research events.

“GW Student Research Commons will make it easier for students to find the research opportunities that can enrich their educational experience,” said Vice President for Research Robert H. Miller. “The site was developed and launched in response to student feedback as well as goals set by the university’s strategic initiatives related to research and the student experience. It exemplifies the sorts of innovations that are only possible through close collaboration between the research and academic enterprises.”

GW Student Research Commons is a university-wide collaboration between the Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research, the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Office of the Provost, GW Libraries and Academic Innovation, University Career Services and the Office for Student Success.

“The introduction of the Research Commons website will enable our students to more easily discover and engage in substantive research opportunities with our world-class faculty,” said Geneva Henry, dean of Libraries and Academic Innovation. “This tool significantly improves the ability of faculty to connect with potential student researchers, removing a roadblock to student success.”

GW Research Commons

The new GW Student Research Commons website is geared toward the university’s undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows across all disciplines.

GW faculty are able to post for-credit and other volunteer research opportunities directly to the GW Student Research Commons. This helps faculty reach a broad audience of student candidates beyond their classrooms. It also will allow faculty to personalize how they would like to receive applications and track metrics on student engagement.

"We anticipate the number of posted opportunities will grow as faculty become aware of the site and use it to publicize for-credit and volunteer positions,” Dr. Miller added.

Student researchers were instrumental in the creation of GW Student Research Commons and advocated for their desire to have a one-stop, easy-to-use tool. Students who participate in faculty-mentored research projects build valuable skills that can be applied throughout their academic and professional careers.

Maggie Steiner, a senior majoring in applied mathematics, a 2019 Goldwater Scholar and a founding member of the GW Undergraduate Review, was involved in early brainstorming sessions with OVPR about how a research database tool could be best designed to help students. Ms. Steiner said finding research opportunities has historically been daunting for students.

“I got involved in a lab pretty early on, and I did that through a lot of my own initiative. I went to faculty talks to hear about research and reached out to a professor on my own, but I know that is a pretty intimidating process for a lot of students,” she said. “I think having all this information in one place would take a lot of the stress off of the students from having to figure out what to do.”

Having information on hand about research scholarships and fellowships also will help students work toward the goal of applying for those early on, Ms. Steiner said.

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Georgetown University School of Medicine invites rising juniors (current sophomores) and rising seniors (current juniors) to apply to be part of our third cohort of fellows for the 2019 Dean of Medical Education's Academy for Research, Clinical, and Health Equity Scholarship (ARCHESprogram at Georgetown School of Medicine.

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Our deadline is Monday, February 4, 2019 at 5 PM EST and we are hosting upcoming outreach webinars. Click here to sign up for a webinar.

Diverse Family Relationships Lab - Psychology Research Opportunity for Undergraduates and Non-GW students  (Summer and Fall 2018)

We are seeking several motivated and responsible students to work on a research project involving young, low-income parents.  The goals of the project are to understand the barriers and facilitators of father involvement, including the ways in which parents manage their co-parenting relationships, the gatekeeping roles that mothers play, and the effects of father involvement on children’s psychological adjustment.  In addition, we often have other research studies going on in the lab studying relationship and family issues: 1) family and friend social support among first-generation college students and 2) help-seeking and family support among Asian American college students and international students.

Undergraduate Research Assistants (RAs) will assist the research team in a variety of ways including: recruiting participants and developing partnerships with community agencies, interviewing participants, observing and coding video-taped interactions, data management, completion/updating of Institutional Review Board applications, and library research. In addition, the lab occasionally collects data on family processes and romantic relationships; research assistants may be asked to participate in data collection and data management tasks related to these projects.


  • Students may receive credit for Psych 3591 credit (3 credit hours) which counts towards the 100-level course requirement and the honors requirement in Psychology. Time commitment is comparable to that of a 3-credit course (5-6 hours per week during the semester 10-12 hrs/wk during the summer for at least 10 wks. However, in many ways, experience as a volunteer RA looks better on a resume than research for credit, thus this option is encouraged for anyone looking to go to graduate school.  Note that enrollment preference is given to RAs with seniority so you may not be able to sign up for 3591 every semester.
  • Strong preference is given to those who can commit to two or more consecutive semesters (e.g., Summer, Fall, & Spring). For non-GW students, a one calendar year commitment is required.
  • RAs must be able to attend weekly lab meetings in the Psychology Bldg. In addition, interviews with participants may occasionally occur during evenings and weekends.
  • Applicants should also be comfortable working with ethnically diverse, urban communities, and be comfortable traveling by public transportation.
  • RAs will need to travel to local sites in DC to recruit/interview participants.  Access to a car would extremely helpful, but is not a requirement for the position.

This is an excellent opportunity for students who are interested in low-income and ethnic minority research in psychology and who intend to apply for graduate school.

If you are interested, please complete the Undergraduate RA interest form (attached) and email it to Dr. Christina Gee at – please cc graduate students, Rachel Mack, and Barunie Kim

Applications will accepted on a rolling basis, but preference given for applications received by March 25th

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